Best Of Istanbul Tour 5 Days / 4 Nights
Departure : Everyday
Highlights : St. Sophia Museum - Topkapi Palace - Blue Mosque - Bosphorus Strait - Asian Side - Princes’ Islands
Istanbul's glorious, imperial past comes alive for travelers with limited time or those planning to continue on to Turkey's other exciting destinations.
Welcome to Istanbul, the only city in the world to straddle two continents. It’s no surprise that this vast metropolis is home to a beguiling mix of different cultures and traditions, blending the influences of both east and west.
You will meet your driver waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel. You have free time for the rest of the day in Istanbul.
Meal Plan: No Meals
Breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day Istanbul tour.
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia*. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, The Hippodrome and 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.
After the lunch we begin our tour at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous 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.We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Last but by no means least, we visit the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563.. The large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, arranged in a wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, as well as the spacious central courtyard, make this mosque a must-see Istanbul attraction.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel lobby. You will then visit Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar full of various sweets & spices. It is one of the world’s the famous touristic places. We then travel the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable cruise along with the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia.
Amazing view on Bosphorus like mosques, longest bosphorus bridge , Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress building. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges. Head for the summit of Çamlica Hill, which has the best views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Islands. Beylerbeyi Palace, on the shore of the Bosphorus. 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.
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch
We pick you up from your hotel then visit the idyllic Princes’ Islands. Just enjoy cool breezes and charming sights along the way to Büyükada, the largest Island in the chain. Famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation, and ornate Ottoman houses. Instead of cars there are carriages, called phaetons, which we will use to tour the island and its beautiful scenery studded with elegant mansions draped with purple bougainvillea, reminiscent of a more leisured and graceful era. You will enjoy your lunch at the one of many excellent fresh fish restaurants in Istanbul and you will be amazed because of the taste, so yummy..
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch
Breakfast at the hotel, you check out from your hotel (before 12.00), you will be transferred to the Airport as your personal flight details. Here is the end of tour and services, we then say have a nice trip back your country!
• 4 nights accommodation in 3 Star or 4 Star hotels.
• Airport transfers with air-conditioned vehicles.
• Services of a professional tour guide on sightseeing tours.
• Entrance fees for the sites and museums.
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
• Tips to staff, items of a personal nature.
• Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast).
• International arrival & departure flight tickets.
• Entry visa ( if required ).