Duration: 06 Days / 05 Nights
Highlights: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Spice Bazaar, Golden Horn, Bosphorus Cruise, Camlica Hill, Dolmabahce Palace, Princess' Islands, Taksim, Istiklal Avenue, Galata Tower, Pera, Beyoglu, Galata Bridge, Sirkeci Train Station
Departure Dates: Everyday
Note: All Istanbul tour packages are modular & you can use these itineraries as a starting point & we can help modify this itineraries to accommodate your personal requirements & desires to find your perfect holiday.
Day 01 - Istanbul Arrival
When arrival to Istanbul Airport, you will be met by our guide and will be with you during your transfer to your hotel. You have the afternoon and evening free to relax or take a short tour around your accomadation in the city.
Day 02 - Istanbul
We will go out in the morning to visit the Sultanahmet Square and the gorgeous Blue Mosque decorated with beautiful 17th century Iznik tiles. Then walk around the historical Hippodrome where chariot races were once done. After strolling Hippodrome, visit the Hagia Sophia / St. Sophia and Museum. An early Christian church, later changed into a mosque under Ottoman rule, this fabolous temple now serving as a museum with all the handmades from the Byzantine era intact, is especially famous for its mosaics. After lunch, we will visit the Topkapi Palace Museum, the house of the legendary Ottoman Sultans, now converted into a museum. It has got several exhibition halls, such as the Treasury, the porcelain section, Armoury and Holy Relics. We will finsh this historical day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar and go back to the hotel for overnight.
Day 03 - Istanbul
You will visit Spice Market first, still in use as one of the world’s biggest and nost famous spice bazaars since 1665. Next, we will get on the ferries across the Bosphorus which will take us to both European and Asian sides of the city. This magnificent voyage will take you along the shores of Bosphorus and you will see the Rumeli Castle from the 15th century as well as the seaside summer palaces and unique wooden houses of the area, as well as the natural beauty of the forests above. The last break on the cruise is the fishing village of Sariyer, near the Black Sea. From there on we will go by coach via the world’s only Intercontinental Bridge Bosphorus Bridge to take you to Camlica Hill on the Asian side. Camlica is the highest hill in Istanbul where you will enjoy breathtaking views of Istanbul. We will visit the Dolmabahce Palace, the residence of the royal Ottoman family with original furniture and magnificent gardens. After the tour, you will be transferred your hotel.
Day 04 - Istanbul
Today you will take a morning ferry go to Buyukada, the biggest of the Princess Islands which used to be the summer resort for the rich non-Muslim community. You will have a tour of the Island by horse drawn carriages, a wonderful patio lunch and free time to do shopping, walking around the island (there is no motor vehicles traffic). You will feel as though you have stepped back into a more leisured and gentle age, almost expecting grand 19th century ladies & gentlemen to come strolling down to the waterfront on an afternoon walking. Or, you may just lie down under the sun and have a rest. We will have the lunch at one of the many excellent traditional fish-restaurants on the waterfront, admiringly looking at the the water at the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close though it feels worlds away. A ferry voyage in the evening will take us back to the city and drive to your hotel for overnight.
Day 05 - Istanbul
Meet your guide at hotel lobby and go to Taksim Square and walk to Istiklal Street. When 19th-century travellers called as Constantinople (Istanbul) as the Paris of the East, they were thinking of the Grande Rue de Pera (Istiklal Caddesi) and its half-European, half-Asian culture. See the Church of St. Anthony, built in 1725 to serve transient foreigners and the many families who stayed on in the Sultan's control. Afterwards, visit the historic Pera Palas Hotel, established to accommodate the pampered travellers arriving aboard the Orient Express including Agatha Christie. Then, walk to the Galata district and see the Galata Tower, which has dominated Beyoglu's skyline since 1348 and still offers stunning top views of the city. You then take the tram constructed in 1875, which is Europe's 2nd oldest and perhaps the world's shortest subway Tunel, 573 meters, the trip takes 1.5 minutes rather than a 20 minute walk down the steepest streets of Istanbul. From there we walk back to hotel via Galata Bridge and Sirkeci Train Station.
Day 06 - Istanbul Departure
Option to extend package with additional night(s) in Istanbul or transfer directly on to Istanbul Airport for return international flight.