ISTANBUL Tour - 5 Nights / 6 Days

Welcome to Istanbul. After clearing customs and immigration, our representative meets you at the airport and helps you transfer to your hotel. After check-in to the hotel, afternoon is leisure time. You can rest in your room or you can take a walk around the hotel. Before dinner, gather for an Orientation Briefing. Your tour guide will go over the details of your upcoming trip.

Today we will drive to the Old City to visit Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its jewel encrusted treasury and elegant four courts. Next visit the famous Hagia Sophia Museum, once the largest church in the world for 1000 years. After lunch, visit the Blue Mosque, designed with 6 delicate minarets and a striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Nearby, take a stroll through the site of the ancient Hippodrome, once the sporting ground of chariots and political riots, and see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Fountain of Wilhelm II. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over unusual antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry and richly textured fabrics. (B)

This morning we will explore the bustling Egyptian Spice Market of 17th century origin - a colorful bazaar heaped with spices, Turkish sweets, dried foods and much more. Then we take a Bosphorus Cruise Sightseeing Boat Trip * (2 hr boat ride) up Istanbul's winding straits for a chance to relax and admire the shoreline of beautiful mosques, lavish palaces and decadent villas - you'll see Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Ottoman summer mansions and Ortakoy mosque, the defensive Rumeli Fortress and Bosphorus Bridge - one of the world's largest suspension bridges, all alongside passing fishing boats, yachts, huge cargo ships and tankers. After lunch we will drive across the Bosphorus Bridge to reach the highest point of Istanbul called Camlica Hill. There you can enjoy an absolutely magnificent view of the whole city. Then walk around Uskudar which was anciently known as Chrysopolis meaning The City of Gold. (B)

Enjoy a free day in Istanbul to explore the city on your own and overnight stay in Istanbul. (B)

Enjoy a free day in Istanbul to explore the city on your own and overnight stay in Istanbul. (B)

Departure transfers by our representative to the Istanbul Airport for your flight to the next destination. (B)