Eurasia Marathon Istanbul Tour
9-13 November, 2012
Friday 09 November 2012
On arrival in Istanbul you will be greeted by an Oasis escort and transferred to your hotel by shuttle.
After check in, meet in the Bar to enjoy a welcome drink and get all the important information about the programme for the coming days. Then take a short city walk together to get a feel for this bustling metropolis.
Saturday 10 November 2012
Today we take a city tour with English-speaking guide to the many attractions of the city and you will be amazed at how history and modernity mingle in Istanbul. We will point out some of the stretches of the marathon course, so you get a first impression of the fantastic circuit. During our city tour we also visit the Marathon Expo, so that we are all together to pick up our race kits. Important: Please bring your passport to the expo in order to collect your running number. We end the tour with a visit to Haghia Sophia, followed by a look at the marathon finish area in the Hippodrome. Bosphorus dinner cruise is included this evening.
Marathon Day, Sunday 11 November 2012
After breakfast we transfer to the official marathon shuttle buses that will take us to the start of the race on the other side of the Bosphorus Bridge - on the Asian side of Istanbul. The Full Marathon and 15km start at 09:00, and the 8km and Fun Run start at 09:30. Enjoy this unique run, because nowhere else in the world can you run a marathon across two continents. You will experience something very special when you run across the 8-lane bridge over the Bosphorus, leaving Asia behind and entering Europe. Once over the bridge, run a short loop back to the shore of the Bosphorus and then past the Besiktas football stadium and the mighty Dolmabahçe Palace. Shortly afterwards cross another bridge over the Golden Horn, and then a turning point takes the route along the shore again. Thereafter, the route goes under the well-preserved viaduct towards the airport. On the way back along the old city wall, pass the fish market and then through the park in the direction of Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, and finally to the Hippodrome where the finish line is waiting for you. After the run, we will arrange transfers back to your hotel.
The rest of the day at leisure.
Monday 12 November 2012
After breakfast we explore more of the main sights of Istanbul with our English-speaking guide, visiting the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Underground Cisterns. The rest of the day is at leisure; why not take time to wander a bit through the Grand Bazaar or take in the intoxicating aromas of the exotic Egyptian Spice Market.
Tuesday 13 November 2012
Today is the end of our Istanbul experience so we transfer you from your hotel to the airport for your flight home. All those wishing to extend their trip for a few more days will be made very welcome
Book early to secure accommodation of your choice;
prices (in Euros) are in 3 categories:Included:
● 4 nights with breakfast in double room.
● Single room supplement available on request.
● Transfer: Airport / Hotel / Airport by shuttle bus.
● Istanbul Tour with English-speaking guide and stop at the Marathon Expo on Saturday 10th.
● Visit to Haghia Sophia, including admission.
● Sightseeing Tour with English-speaking guide: Blue Mosque, Treasury of Topkapi Palace, Underground
Cistern on Monday 12th, including all entrance fees.
● Oasis Escort.
● Bosphorus Dinner Cruise.
● Registration for the run - processed through our office.
Amiral Palace Hotel - Per Person in Double = €465
Single Supplement = €105
Golden Age Hotel - Per Person in Double = €555
Single Supplement = €170
Nippon Hotel - Per Person in Double = €725
Single Supplement = €315
Marmara Taksim - Per Person in Double = €1040
Single Supplement = €630
Drinks and meals which are not included in the itinerary.
Additional touring not included in this program.