ISTANBUL MARATHON : Programs for groups of 8 persons or more

Thursday/Monday – 5 days / 4 nights

Thursday 08/11 -> ISTANBUL

Upon arrival to Istanbul Airport, you will be met by our Travel representative and transferred to your hotel.
We will give you your bib number and all informations about your stay. You are free for diner.

Friday 09/11 IMMERSION IN ISTANBUL

After breakfast, we will leave for one of the oldest and biggest Bazaars in the world with more than 4,000 shops A route that may appear classic among the housand colorful shops, but that will take you to discover what tourists have never seen, below and above this extraordinary Oriental Market… Passage by these lanes where leads to the old caravanserais transformed today into markets or occupied by craftsmen, wholesalers in all kinds, where one threads among the carts of the travelling merchants, salesmen of all and nothing… Lunch in a restaurant on the banks, and we will embark in the boat for 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. When we return, we will take the old tram built in 1875, which is Europe's 2nd oldest and the world's shortest subway Tunel, we will go to neighborhood "Pera", built in the golden age of Istanbul. We will continue to Taksim Square and walk to Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), the heart of
Beyoglu built during the 19th century. Overnight at the hotel, dinner is free (at your leisure ?)

bazar-aux-epices-voyage-istanbul
Saturday 10/11 ISTANBUL

Breakfast at the hotel. 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 Istanbul. Return to the hotel for a break and then visit the Haghia Sophia, the "Divine Wisdom", which became a mosque and a museum, a jewel of Byzantine architecture built in the 6th century. Visit of the Yerabatan cistern is optional You are free for lunch and for the afternoon For dinner, you will discover Pasta party in the Turkish style, Local and traditional pasta specialties Overnight at the hotel.

Sunday 11/11 ISTANBUL

Individual departure at 06:00 to take the bus made available to the runners by the Istanbul City Hall to reach the starting point of the marathon. After the race, that ends sultanahmet square, those who wish, have the possibility to go in a traditional hamam, (payment on the spot) In the evenin we will have an "after-race dinner"; in the fishing district of Kumkapi in a restaurant renowned for its mezes and fresh fish, animated by street musicians who are there to make the guests happy. We will serve you a rich menu, with hot and cold meze specialties, grilled bar or sea bream,pastry or fruit.Overnight at the hotel, you are free for diner

Monday 12/11 ISTANBUL

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Istanbul Airport International Terminal. According to your flight time departure, more visits and excursions can be organised.

Thursday/Tuesday – 6 days / 5 nights

Thursday 08/11 -> ISTANBUL

Upon arrival to Istanbul Airport, you will be met by our Travel representative and transferred to your hotel.
We will give you your bib number and all informations about your stay. You are free for diner.

Friday 09/11 IMMERSION IN ISTANBUL

After breakfast, we will leave for one of the oldest and biggest Bazaars in the world with more than 4,000 shops A route that may appear classic among the housand colorful shops, but that will take you to discover what tourists have never seen, below and above this extraordinary Oriental Market… Passage by these lanes where leads to the old caravanserais transformed today into markets or occupied by craftsmen, wholesalers in all kinds, where one threads among the carts of the travelling merchants, salesmen of all and nothing… Lunch in a restaurant on the banks, and we will embark in the boat for 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. When we return, we will take the old tram built in 1875, which is Europe's 2nd oldest and the world's shortest subway Tunel, we will go to neighborhood "Pera", built in the golden age of Istanbul. We will continue to Taksim Square and walk to Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), the heart of
Beyoglu built during the 19th century. Overnight at the hotel, dinner is free (at your leisure ?)

Saturday 10/11 ISTANBUL

Breakfast at the hotel. 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 Istanbul. Return to the hotel for a break and then visit the Haghia Sophia, the "Divine Wisdom", which became a mosque and a museum, a jewel of Byzantine architecture built in the 6th century. Visit of the Yerabatan cistern is optional You are free for lunch and for the afternoon For dinner, you will discover Pasta party in the Turkish style, Local and traditional pasta specialties Overnight at the hotel.

Sunday 11/11 ISTANBUL

Individual departure at 06:00 to take the bus made available to the runners by the Istanbul City Hall to reach the starting point of the marathon. After the race, that ends sultanahmet square, those who wish, have the possibility to go in a traditional hamam, (payment on the spot) In the evenin we will have an "after-race dinner"; in the fishing district of Kumkapi in a restaurant renowned for its mezes and fresh fish, animated by street musicians who are there to make the guests happy. We will serve you a rich menu, with hot and cold meze specialties, grilled bar or sea bream,pastry or fruit.Overnight at the hotel, you are free for diner

Monday 12/11 ISTANBUL

After breakfast at the hotel, we will discover the historic city from the ancient roman hippodrome. We will see the Blue Mosque, unique with its six minarets and its decoration of Faience of Iznik.We will visit next Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the Sultans with its collection of porcelain and its famous treasure - an incomparable monument of,700,000 m2, built over 4 centuries, unique in its architectural quality. After lunch, we will visit the mosque of Sülemaniye, masterpiece of the architect Sinan and masterpiece of a complex that includes a Koranic school (darülkurra), a hospital, a hamam, a hospice, six theological colleges, Soup kitchens, shops, and the mausoleums of Sultan Soliman and of his wife Roxelane, the Sultana Hurem. At the end of the afternoon, we will have tea in the Eyüp district, where Pierre Loti liked to look at the Golden Horn, it is one of the most beautiful views of Istanbul. On the way back we will cross the cemetery that formed around the mosque, a real open-air museum of Ottoman funerary architecture Overnight at the hotel, you are free for diner.

Tuesday 13/11 ISTANBUL

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Istanbul Airport International Terminal. According to your flight time departure, more visits and excursions can be organised.

Friday/Monday – 4 days /3 nights

Friday 09/11 -> ISTANBUL

Upon arrival to Istanbul Airport, you will be met by our Travel representative and transferred to your hotel.
We will give you your bib number and all informations about your stay. You are free for diner.

Saturday 10/11 ISTANBUL

Breakfast at the hotel. 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 Istanbul. Return to the hotel for a break and then visit the Haghia Sophia, the "Divine Wisdom", which became a mosque and a museum, a jewel of Byzantine architecture built in the 6th century. Visit of the Yerabatan cistern is optional You are free for lunch and for the afternoon For dinner, you will discover Pasta party in the Turkish style, Local and traditional pasta specialties Overnight at the hotel.

bailique Sainte Sophie Istanbul
Sunday 11/11 ISTANBUL

Individual departure at 06:00 to take the bus made available to the runners by the Istanbul City Hall to reach the starting point of the marathon. After the race, that ends sultanahmet square, those who wish, have the possibility to go in a traditional hamam, (payment on the spot) In the evenin we will have an "after-race dinner"; in the fishing district of Kumkapi in a restaurant renowned for its mezes and fresh fish, animated by street musicians who are there to make the guests happy. We will serve you a rich menu, with hot and cold meze specialties, grilled bar or sea bream,pastry or fruit.Overnight at the hotel, you are free for diner.

after the bridge_Istanbul_marathon
Monday 12/11 ISTANBUL

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Istanbul Airport International Terminal. According to your flight time departure, more visits and excursions can be organised.

Saturday/ Monday – 3 days /2 nights

Saturday 10/11 ISTANBUL

Upon arrival to Istanbul Airport, you will be met by our Travel representative and transferred to your hotel.
We will give you your bib number and all informations about your stay. You are free for diner.
Pasta party, Local and traditional pasta specialties Overnight at the hotel.

ravioli turkey
Sunday 11/11 ISTANBUL

Individual departure at 06:00 to take the bus made available to the runners by the Istanbul City Hall to reach the starting point of the marathon. After the race, that ends sultanahmet square, those who wish, have the possibility to go in a traditional hamam, (payment on the spot) In the evenin we will have an "after-race dinner"; in the fishing district of Kumkapi in a restaurant renowned for its mezes and fresh fish, animated by street musicians who are there to make the guests happy. We will serve you a rich menu, with hot and cold meze specialties, grilled bar or sea bream,pastry or fruit.Overnight at the hotel, you are free for diner.

Monday 12/11 ISTANBUL
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Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Istanbul Airport International Terminal. According to your flight time departure, more visits and excursions can be organised.