Tours & Travel Packages : Highlights of Istanbul Tour Package
Duration: 05 Days / 04
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
Departure Dates: Everyday
Note: All Istanbul
tour packages are modular and you can use these itineraries
as a starting point and we can help modify this itineraries
to accommodate your personal requirements and desires
to find your perfect holiday.
Day 01 Arrival in Istanbul
Upon arrival to Istanbul Airport, you will be met by
us and accompanied during your transfer to your hotel.
You have the afternoon and evening free to relax and/or
check out the city.
Day 02 Istanbul City Tour (Meals:
We will leave hotel in the morning to visit the Sultanahmet
Square and the spectacular Blue Mosque decorated with
beautiful 17th century Iznik tiles. Then stroll around
the historical Hippodrome where chariot races were once
held. Continue with the Hagia Sophia / St. Sophia and
Museum. An early Christian church, later converted to
a mosque under Ottoman rule, this magnificent temple
now serving as a museum with all the artefacts from
the Byzantine era intact, is especially famous for its
mosaics. After lunch, we will visit the Topkapi Palace
Museum, the residence of the legendary Ottoman Sultans,
now converted into a museum. It consists of several
exhibition halls, such as the Treasury, the porcelain
section, Armoury and Holy Relics. We will complete this
historical day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar (Kapalicarsi)
and return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 03 Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahce Palace
Tour (Meals: Breakfast,
We will take you to Spice Market, still in use as one
of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665.
Next, we will board the ferries across the Bosphorus
which will take us to both European and Asian sides
of the city. This beautiful voyage will take you along
the shores of Bosphorus and you will see the Rumeli
Fortress 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 stop on the cruise is the fishing village of
Sariyer, close to the Black Sea. From there on we will
drive you 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 tip 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
Day 04 Princess' Islands Cruise Tour
(Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
Today you will take a morning ferry ride to Buyukada,
the biggest of the Princess Islands which used to be
the summer resort for the wealthy non-Muslim community.
There will be a tour of the Island by horse drawn carriages,
a wonderful patio lunch and free time to do shopping,
walking around the island (where there is no motor vehicles
traffic). You will feel as though you have stepped back
into a more leisured and gracious age, almost expecting
grand 19th century ladies and gentlemen to come strolling
down to the waterfront on an afternoon promenade. Or,
you may just lie down in the sun and relax. Lunch will
be at one of the many excellent traditional fish-restaurants
on the waterfront, gazing across the water at the Asian
shore of Istanbul, so close though it feels worlds away.
A ferry ride in the evening will take us back to the
city and drive to your hotel for overnight.
Day 05 Departure transfer (Meal:
Option to extend package with additional night(s) in
Istanbul or transfer directly on to Istanbul Airport
for return international flight.
* Hotel accommodations in choice of preferred class
* Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
* Noted sightseeing tours on regular group or private guided basis
* Main entrance fees to sights mentioned by the itinerary
* Meals mentioned by the itinerary - Vegeterian meals available
* Required land & or internal flight transportation
* All roundtrip airport transfers with A/C minivans
* Local taxes & handling services
* All tours & travel packages are insuranced by TURSAB (Association of Turkish
Highlights of Istanbul Tour Package
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