4D/3N Istanbul Delights Tour Package
4D/3N Istanbul Delights Tour Package
Day 1 ARRIVE ATATURK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (D)
On arrival at Ataturk International Airport, you will be transferred to hotel. After check in, free at own leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 2 ISTANBUL (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we will be picked up from the hotel for the Istanbul full day sightseeing tour. This comprehensive sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides the perfect introduction to the fabled city that spans through both Asia and Europe continent. On this one day sightseeing tour we will be able to see how old meets new when we visit Istanbul's four "must-see" historic sites.
Formally called Constantinople, Istanbul used to be the capital of the Roman Empire and Europe's wealthiest metropolis and now, it is the largest city in Turkey. Visit Blue Mosque - one of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and the Islamic worlds. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles. Hagia Sophia which is now a museum, was built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, and it was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted into a mosque and today, it is one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Take a moment to linger around to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics. Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday.
Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world was used as a place by the crown jewel during the Ottoman Empire. With its harem (additional cost), treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi will truly promise a fascinating experience. Grand Bazaar - In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world's largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. The bazaar is closed on Sunday and additional time will be spent at the other locations instead if the tour is on Sunday.
Day 3 ISTANBUL (B,L,D)
Free at own leisure for the rest of the morning after breakfast.
In the afternoon proceed for a sightseeing tour. From the opulent palaces of Istanbul's European shore to magnificent views from the city's Asian side, this leisurely four-hour afternoon tour shows the best of magical Istanbul.
The tour of Istanbul starts with a visit to either Dolmabahce Palace or Beylerbeyi Palace. Dolmabahce Palace was the last residence of the Ottoman sultans, and is famous for its impressive collection of European antiques, furniture and a massive chandelier given to the sultan by Queen Victoria. The enormous palace has 365 rooms, one for every day of the year and 22 saloons.
Beylerbeyi Palace was constructed in 1861 to 1865 by Sarkis Balyan, a famous Armenian architect. Beylerbeyi is the largest and most elegant Ottoman palace, located right by the Bosphorus Bridge and the waterfront. After touring the palace, you will then cross the Bosphorus Bridge for a unique chance to travel from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in only two minutes! Once on the Asian side, you'll enjoy the magnificent views of Istanbul from Camlica Hill, the highest point in the city. The picture-postcard panorama of Istanbul is spread before you from a viewpoint of beautiful gardens landscaped in the traditional Ottoman style.
Next, proceed to a fabulous Turkish dinner and a spectacular floorshow with bejeweled belly dancers. It's the ultimate Turkish experience! You will enjoy dinner in a first-class restaurant. The fabulous four-course dinner includes a Turkish dessert, followed by an exotic floor show. You'll will surely be entertained by belly dancers and an Anatolian cultural folklore group.
Day 4 DEPART ISTANBUL (B)
After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to airport for your flight back home.