Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk Airport by …… , at …..meet and greet at the airport by our reps. Transfer to the hotel on the vehicle. Arrival at hotel and check in . (Early check-in is not guaranteed / Normal check-in time at hotels is 14:00) Remainder of day at leisure . Accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast proceed to full day Istanbul tour with lunch . We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia . Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets.The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar, was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.
Lunch at local restaurant
After lunch we begin by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge, which for a time was the world’s longest suspension bridge, and head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Islands. From here a short drive brings us to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus. Perhaps the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces, Beylerbeyi boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls with Bohemian crystal chandeliers and Sèvres and Chinese vases, including a main salon with an indoor fountain. The sultans’ guests at the palace included Empress Eugénie of France, Shah Nasruddin of Persia and Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia. Accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast proceed to full day Istanbul tour with lunch .
MORNING BOSPHORUS CRUISE
We begin with a brief visit to the 17 th century Spice Bazaar one of Istanbul’s most colorful and bustling attractions. Next, we take an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestıc strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia.From our cruise boat, we view the dramatıc sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and the massive Rumeli Hisari , a fortress built by Fatih the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultan’s fanciful gingerbreadpalaces and hunting lodges.
Lunch at local restaurant
After lunch we begin our tour at Topkapi Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabolous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world, Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably one of the world’s finest collection of early Chinese ceramics, much of it gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest features of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees, and it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day will be free for leisure.Discover Istanbul by own or make some shopping before leaving from Istanbul. Accommodation at the hotel.
Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus with Turkish Show & unlimited drinks – Optional Tour
After breakfast, free time until checkout. According to your flight schedule you will be transferred to the Istanbul Ataturk airport for onward flight.
Grand Halic Hotel (BB) 4* or similar one
Accommodation as per the itinerary at the mention or similar hotels with breakfast . (standard room basis)
Meals as per the itinerary B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner as indicated schedule
Return airport transfers on A/C vehicles
The tours on LOCAL – SIC Regular basis as per the itinerary with English speaking guidance with pick up and drop at the hotels.
Airport transfers on PRIVATE basis from/to the city airport with a driver only.
Entrances as per the itinerary
Drinks at meals
Meals other than mentioned
Porterage at airports
Porterage at hotels
Tips to the driver and the guide
Anything unless specified being included
This tour is a Guaranteed Departure Tour and this means that it will depart regardless of how many people are booked on to it.
The tour is available all year round .
There are two international airports in Istanbul (Istanbul Ataturk Airport IST and Sabiha Gokcen Airport SAW) We run free arrival or departure transfers from/to Ataturk International Airport. If you arrive or depart Sabiha Gokcen Airport SAW there will be an additional fee. Please contact us for further information.
Also the tour can be modifiable to private tour with guidance on your native language basis.
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