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A fascinating opportunity to lure you in. Discover some of the historical wonders of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in İstanbul and have some freetime to discover more by yourself. Starting with the exciting visits of Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Covered Bazaar, continues the next day with the night adventure on the cruise. Be sure you won’t forget İstanbul after this fascinating tour.
Day 1: After we transfer you to your hotel, Enjoy the free day at Istanbul. And sip your welcome drink at your hotel lobby
Day 2: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar
Day 3: Dolmabahce Palace, Camlica Hill, Across to Asia: Bosphorus Bridge, Pierre Loti Hill, Cable Car, City Walls, Lunch on the Boat, Rumeli Fortress, Beykoz
Day 4: Bosphorus dinner cruise with Turkish night shows
Day 5:Enjoy your last day in Istanbul until the time we meet you
If you wish to see the tour details, check out the Detailed Tour Itinerary below.
Day 1 Istanbul: Arrival & Transfer to Hotel
Upon your arrival in Istanbul, you will be met with our company representative in the arrivals area of the airport who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. After meet and greet, you will then be transferred from the airport to your hotel in Istanbul. After hotel check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure on your own.
Day 2 Istanbul: Full-Day Istanbul Byzantine & Ottoman History Tour
(Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
Hagia Sophia: This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
Sultanahmet Mosque: Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
Grand Cover Bazaar: In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
Topkapi Palace: The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.
Day 3 Istanbul: Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace Tour
(Included Meals: Breakfast & Dinner)
Today you will join the Bosphorus Cruise. At the start of this tour, you will visit the Dolmabahce Palace and enjoy a drive to the pier in Eminonu for a short visit to the historical Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar). Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles, Spice Bazaar has a smell of the fragrance of the exotic East. Following this, you will join a shared boat tour and cruise along the Bosphorus which is a narrow strait between the continents of Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. You will be able to view the Ottoman palaces, Bosphorus bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions, and the European and Asian shorelines while onboard the boat.
Dolmabahce Palace Interior Visit: Dolmabahce is the richest palace of whole Ottoman period and is very busy especially in the afternoon by group visits. That's why our tour is a gem as we're going to visit it in the peaceful morning period.
Bosphorus Bridge Across to Asia: Overshadowing Istanbul's traditional architecture is one of the world's largest suspension bridges, linking Europe and Asia.
Shopping Opportunity before having lunch at our boat.
Lunch on the Boat After you embark the boat you will have chance to appreciate the rich open buffet season salads delicious hors d'oeuvre, Chicken Shish Kebap, rice and fruit (Drinks are excluded). (During low season we serve the lunch on the calm water of Golden Horn before heading up to Black Sea)
Rumeli Fortress (From the sea) Legandary fortress best seen by the sea.
The Black Sea: Get the best shot where Bosphorus meets Black Sea.
Beykoz (Stopover): Beykoz is the northern tip of Bosphorus, last stop on the Asian side and the intersection of Marmara Sea and Black Sea
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 4 Istanbul: Free Day in Istanbul & Dinner Cruise with Shows
(Included Meals: Breakfast )
Enjoy your evening on a magical ride on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul.This 3 and a half hours boat cruise has delicious dinner with all inclusive local drinks. You will watch a spectacular floor show of famous authentic belly-dancers and enjoy a full night of traditional live Anatolian Folklore entertainment featuring popular musical instruments and live Turkish singers.
Day 5 Istanbul: Departure Transfer to Airport
(Included Meals: Breakfast )
We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on one of our tours. Have a safe trip back home and thank you for choosing TOUR BOOK TURKEY
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