Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk airport
Arrive at Ataturk airport and enjoy an included transfer
to your centrally located hotel. At approximately 5:30pm
we will meet for a walking tour. Some of the noteworthy
places we will see include the Little Hagia Sophia
(formerly the Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus),
Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Hippodrome with Sarpent
Column, Obelisk of Thutmosis-3, Walled Obelisk, The
Remains of the Sphendone, and The neo-Byzantine German
Fountain, Hurrem Sultan Bath, Hagia Sophia, The Million
Stone, and The Burnt Column. While walking, we will
stop to taste some of the local “street food” and
your guide will point out some restaurants that you
may enjoy for dinner. A Welcome Reception will be held
later at the hotel.
||November 14: Istanbul
This morning, we visit some iconic sites in Istanbul, including
the Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Basilica
In the afternoon, we visit the Grand Bazaar then drive
over the Galata bridge to the Tophane area to see the “Museum
of Innocence”, created by Nobel Prize-winning author
Orhan Pamuk. Have a walking tour again late this afternoon:
this time from Galatasary to Pera. Noteable buildings along
the way include the British Consulate, St. Antoine's Catholic
Church, the Consulates of the Netherlands, Russia and Sweden,
Galata Whirling Dervish Hall, the Tunel area, The Galata
Tower and Neve Shalom Synagogue. We end our walk at The
Pera Palace Hotel and have a short drive back to the hotel.
Those who wish to stay, may dine on their own at many local
restaurants such as Kivahan or Guney (Turkish / Ottoman
cuisine), Fureyya small fish restaurant or The Pera Palace
Hotel’s Agatha Restaurant and can taxi back to the
hotel on their own. (B)
Begin the morning with an extensive tour of Topkapi
Palace, former residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Later
we stop at Sirkeci Railway Station (last stop of the
Orient Express), before visiting the Spice Market.
After some free time for lunch we enjoy a Bosphorus
cruise for about an hour along the shores of the European
and Asian sides of Istanbul, disembarking at Uskudar,
one of the largest towns on the Asian side of the Strait.
We will visit the produce & fish market and view
the Mihrimah Sultan’s Mosque as well as Maiden’s
Tower in Salacak. Return to your hotel with a steamboat
ride of twenty minutes, crossing the Bosphorus from
Uskudar to Kabatas. (B)
Today is at your leisure. You can continue to discover
this great city on your own. This evening we will have
a pre-race pasta dinner at the hotel.(B)
17: Istanbul - Euroasia Marathon
Today your guide and driver will be at your service
for getting to the starting point in the morning.
The end of the race is very close to your hotel.
18 - departure: Istanbul - Homebound departure
Included transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport for your flight home. (B)
Optional extensions to other parts of Turkey
are also available.
Please call for price information.
Price of the trip package includes:
- 5 nights Istanbul: Hotel The Armada or similar
- 5 meals: 5 breakfasts.
- Services of a private licensed, professional English-speaking guide.
- All transfers and travel by private, modern, air-conditioned, chauffeur driven vehicles, appropriate to the size of your group.
- All entrance fees to sites and museums mentioned in the program.
Price of the trip package excludes:
- Airfare for international flights.
- Beverages other than water during included meals.
- Optional gratuities to the tour guide(s), driver(s)
- Tipping for porters at hotels.
- Travel insurance.
- Visas, laundry, and personal items.
A welcome from the Mayor:
Kadir Topbas , Mayor of Istanbul
Once you have registered for the Istanbul Marathon, you will become our very special guest and will experience a unique journey between two continents. Running from Asia to Europe through the history of one of the oldest settlements in the world is part of what will make your efforts so rewarding. I am sure your experience in Istanbul will be memorable as well as enjoyable. Let's meet where the continents meet!
Registration for the 2013 INTERCONTINENTAL ISTANBUL EURASIA MARATHON starts on 1st of January at midnight.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who organizes the Istanbul Eurasia Marathon?
The Istanbul Eurasia Marathon is organized by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality.
What other events will take place besides the marathon?
There will also be a 15 Km race, an 8 Km race and an 8 Km fun run without timing and ranking.
What is the start time of the event?
The Marathon, 15 Km and 8 Km races start together at 09:00 am. And the fun run starts at 09:30.
How do I qualify ?
There is no qualification by time for participation. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter the marathon. The lower age limit for the 15 Km and 8 Km races is 15.
More information on registering for the race itself is at: