About This Trip
Istanbul is a charming city full of collision and fusion. Here you can see the cultural imprints of the Greeks, Romans, Venetians, and Ottomans. During this city break, you'll discover three famous sites in Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. Beyond marveling at the traditional architecture, you'll enjoy a cruise to take in the beauty of the Bosphorus Strait and explore Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest and oldest covered markets.
- 2IstanbulCruise on the Bosphorus Strait, Rumeli Fortress
- 3IstanbulHagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern
- 4IstanbulCovered Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque
Day 1: Arrival, Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arriving at Istanbul Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel to check-in.
Day 2: Istanbul
After breakfast, your private guide will transfer you to board a boat to enjoy a one-hour scenic cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. The strait stands between Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Next, you will visit the Rumeli Fortress. Built by Ottoman sultans, it was set up to prevent any aid to Byzantine Empire from the north. Later, explore the Spice Market where you can find a variety of herbs and spices, Turkish delight, and souvenirs for sale.
Day 3: Istanbul
Today, you will visit some of the most important cultural and historical sites in Istanbul. Start with a visit to the Topkapi Palace, an imperial residence of Ottoman sultans for about four centuries. Marvel at some of the splendid collections inside the palace, and then go through the maze of narrow courtyards and passages to visit the Imperial Harem.
Continue to explore the Hagia Sophia, which was said to have changed the history of architecture. Next, visit the Blue Mosque, named for its blue tiles decorating the interior walls. The mosque is undoubtedly the most recognizable landmark of Istanbul. After that, head to the Basilica Cistern to learn about its function in ancient times. Finally, visit the ancient Hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, and Serpentine Column before returning to your hotel.
Day 4: Istanbul
Today, you will visit the Islamic Art Museum, then walk to the Covered Bazaar. Known as the world's "first shopping mall", it is an age-old labyrinth of shops filled with all sorts of colorful and tempting goods. Later, tour to the Dolmabahce Palace, the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire until 1922. After that, descend into the old streets and trade areas to the Suleymaniye Mosque, one of the greatest and most beautiful mosques in Turkey. After the tour, return to the hotel.
Day 5: Istanbul, Departure
It is time to say goodbye. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.
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