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5 Days
Istanbul
Max People : 25
Tour Details

Istanbul is a city that effortlessly blends history, culture, natural beauty, and a vibrant atmosphere. It offers a truly unique and unforgettable experience that appeals to all types of travelers, making it a destination that should be on every tourist’s bucket list.

There are numerous compelling reasons why Istanbul is a must-visit destination for tourists;

  1. Rich Historical and Cultural Heritage: Istanbul’s history spans over two millennia, and it has served as the capital of three great empires: Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman. This fascinating heritage is visible in its iconic landmarks such as Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, and the Basilica Cistern. Exploring these architectural marvels offers insights into the city’s diverse cultural influences.
  2. Unique Blend of East and West: Situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Istanbul offers a captivating fusion of Eastern and Western cultures. This vibrant mix is reflected in its cuisine, traditions, and daily life. Visitors can relish Turkish delights, indulge in a Turkish bath experience, and witness the city’s bustling markets where East and West meet.
  3. Breathtaking Scenic Beauty: Istanbul’s stunning location straddles the Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. The city’s skyline is adorned with minarets, domes, and historic landmarks, providing picturesque views. A boat cruise along the Bosphorus offers an unforgettable panorama of palaces, waterfront mansions, and charming neighborhoods.
  4. World-Class Museums and Art Galleries: Istanbul boasts a wealth of museums and art galleries that showcase its rich cultural heritage. From the Istanbul Archaeological Museums to the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, there are endless opportunities to delve into the city’s artistic and historical treasures.
  5. Vibrant and Dynamic Atmosphere: Istanbul’s energy is palpable, with its bustling markets, lively streets, and vibrant nightlife. The city offers a wide array of entertainment options, including traditional music performances, dance shows, and theatrical productions. Exploring neighborhoods like Beyoglu and Kadikoy reveals a thriving contemporary art scene, trendy cafes, and bustling local markets.
  6. Culinary Delights: Turkish cuisine is renowned worldwide for its rich flavors and diverse dishes. Istanbul is a paradise for food lovers, offering an array of delectable street food, traditional Ottoman recipes, and modern culinary innovations. Exploring the city’s eateries, from meze restaurants to fish markets, provides a delightful gastronomic experience.
  7. Warm Turkish Hospitality: Istanbul is known for its warm and welcoming locals who take pride in sharing their culture and traditions with visitors. Turkish hospitality is legendary, and tourists often find themselves embraced by the genuine friendliness and generosity of the people they encounter.

Arrive

Istanbul Airport (IST) / Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through Istanbul, where you’ll discover the heritages of two great empires, explore vibrant markets, marvel at iconic landmarks, and cruise along the Bosphorus. Delight in the mystic atmosphere of Hagia Sophia and the beauty of the Blue Mosque. Step into the opulent world of the Topkapı Palace and explore the magical Basilica Cistern. Experience the allure of the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, and immerse yourself in the lively streets of Beyoglu. Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on the Bosphorus and visit Rumelihisarı and Dolmabahçe Palace. Bid farewell to Istanbul, carrying memories of a remarkable journey.

Itinerary

Day 1İstanbul

  • Arrive at Istanbul Airport and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel near Sultanahmet Square.
  • Rest and relax at the hotel, with free time to explore nearby shops, cafes and and even the Sultanahmet Square on your own.
  • Meet your guide for a traditional dinner at a restaurant around Sultanahmet Square, where you can discuss the details of your holiday over a delicious Turkish meal.

Day 2Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace

  • Your guide will meet you at the hotel and lead you to Hagia Sophia, an iconic religious building that once served as a Byzantine church and now as a mosque.
  • Visit the Blue Mosque, renowned for its beautiful İznik tiles.
  • Explore the Topkapı Palace, the grand imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years.
  • Experience the magical atmosphere of the Basilica Cistern, an impressive underground cistern with extraordinary architecture.

Day 3Grand Bazaar, Egyptian Spice Bazaar, Beyoglu & Galata Tower

  • Begin the day with a tour of the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and most colorful shopping malls in the world, housing 4,000 shops since its establishment in 1460.
  • Continue to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, a haven for traditional shopping enthusiasts.
  • After lunch, venture into the heart of Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, where you’ll encounter the Romanesque-style Galata Tower and stroll along İstiklal Street, the vibrant pulse of the city.

Day 4Rumeli Hisari & Dolmabahce Palace

  • Enjoy a relaxing day filled with sights as you embark on a private boat cruise along the Bosphorus, witnessing the Ottoman heritage and traces lining the strait (optional).
  • Indulge in a delightful lunch at a seaside restaurant (optional).
  • In the afternoon, visit Rumelihisarı and Dolmabahçe Palace, immersing yourself further in Istanbul’s historical treasures.
  • For a memorable experience, consider a full Turkish Bath/Hammam tour, which can be arranged upon request.

Day 5Return

  • Depending on your flight time, you’ll have some free time on your last day in Istanbul.
  • Bid farewell to the city as your private transfer takes you from your hotel to the airport, until we meet again for another memorable journey.
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Price Includes & Options

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in 3,4 or 5 star hotels
  • Transfers from/to airports
  • Transportation on a comfortable vehicle during tour with wi-fi equipment
  • Breakfasts & Dinners
  • Professional guiding service
  • Entrance fees for the museums & ruins

Optional Tours & Activities

  • Boat cruise, lunch at a seafood restaurant by Bosphorus, Turkish bath (day 4)
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