Istanbul Excursions and Activities for Istanbul Marathon runners
Istanbul Marathon Excursions ... Every year for more than 20 years, we have groups and we organize their stays, transfers and accommodation. Our excursions are designed with programs and timing designed for the Marathon of Istanbul participants and their accompanying guests. We organize pasta parties and end-of-course dinners according to the request of the groups.
Saturday, November 2 : Excursions and Activities in Istanbul during the Marathon
Escorted by one of our coaches, the morning will be devoted to making contact with the ancient city by a one hour discovery jog. After spotting the start and finish area, the itinerary passing in front of the Blue Mosque will take you from the place of the hippodrome to the basilica of Saint Sophia, then you will have the pleasure to run in the Marmara seaside where you can admire the Asian side of the city. Nice Istanbul excursions !
(Free for participants of the afternoon excursion)
From Byzantium to Ottomans
From the old hippodrome square to the Sültanahmet square, we will visit the Haghia Sophia ("Divine Wisdom"), the jewel of Byzantine architecture built in the 6th century, which became a mosque during the conquest of Byzantium by the Turks, then a museum at the accession of the secular republic. We then go up Divan Yolu, in the direction of the Grand Bazaar for a complete immersion in the istanbuliot life to discover what we've never seen, the tourists, the undersides and the top of this extraordinary oriental market, by taking the cross roads departure for an authentic route to the discovery of the effervescence of this ancestral and bubbling district. Passing through these mazes of alleys where one leads to the old caravanserais transformed today into markets or occupied by craftsmen, wholesalers of all kinds, where we sneak among the carts of street vendors, sellers of everything and of nothing, repairers of lighters and mobile phones ... Arrival in the Egyptian bazaar with its spice fragances, spare time for shopping, then visit the small mosque of Rustem Pacha, masterpiece of the architect Sinan, or The Imperial Mosque Yeni Cami.
Local and traditional pasta specialties at the Olive restaurant on the terrace of the Yasmak Sultan Hotel.Menu: pasta / potato salad, Su börek cheese (a variation of lasagna), manti (traditional
speciality of the Central Asia resembling to mini ravioli), spaghetti, accompanied by seasonal salad. At the dessert, the sutlaç, a rice milk specialty cooked in the oven.
Sunday, November 3 : Diner & Relaxation in Istanbul after the Marathon
After Race Diner
Kumkapi is the name of an old fishing district located in the old city, it is the district for fish and meze restaurants.
It’s also a gypsy area where musicians move from terrace to terrace and from table to table playing Istanbul traditional music.
Sometimes standing side by side with the same card menu, the "touts" with their dialectical ingenuity compete to attract the customers for their restaurant… On the menu: bar or grilled sea bream with delicious mezes.
Monday, November 4 : Excursions and Activities in Istanbul the day after the marathon
Istanbul ottomans – Half Journey
We will start our visit by the Old Hippodrome, where The old Byzantine horse races were held, also called the Sültanahmet square. Visit of the Blue Mosque, built in the 16th century and unique with its six minarets and its decoration with tiles of Iznik,
Then, visit of the Topkapi Palace, the palace where the ottoman Sultans lived from 15th to 19th centuries, with its kitchen full of various samples of crystal, gold, silver and china porcelains and with the Ottoman Treasury and sacred relics in it. It is the most importance point in Istanbul.
Optional and payable locally: Visit to the Basilica-Cistern Yerabatan
Descent into the basement of Istanbul, to discover an impressive underground reservoir, evoking the atmosphere of a cathedral: the Basilica-Cistern Yerabatan. Built in the reign of Emperor Justinian. I was beautifully restored by the Istanbul Municipality which made it one of the must-see sites in the Byzantine discovery.
The price includes the entries on the sites, and the accompaniment of a multilingual guide. Meal and option not included
Cruise on the Bosphorus
Embarking on a cruise on the Bosphorus, discovering the palaces and Yalis, bourgeois and Ottoman houses built "feet in water" that line the coasts of Europe and Asia. The boat sails from one side to another and back near the mouth of the Black Sea passing by Dolmabahçe Palace, Rumeli Fortress and Beylerbeyi. The boat is big and has two spaces inside and outside and passengers can pass below the bridge deck from front to rear. After disembarkation, we will visit the 17th century Spice Bazaar, the second largest covered bazaar in Istanbul, Also known as the Egyptian Market, or Misir Çarsisi, The Spice Bazaar is not only a great place to buy spices, but it's also where you can pick up dried fruits and nuts, tea, candy and caviar. Then we will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque designed by Mimar Sinan ("Sinan the Architect") .
Istanbul excursions prepared for Istanbul Marathon participants can be tailored to all sorts of groups as part of Istanbul tours for families, business, incentives, seminars, business tourism or Cultural trips. For more information, follow this link: http://www.receptif-turquie.com/mice/