7 days
Duration

Highlights : Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hipodrome, Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus Cruise, Camlica Hill, Beylerbeyi Palace, Miniaturk Museum, Golden Horn of Istanbul, Rustempasa Fortress

 What is Included:
  • Mentioned airport transfers
  • Mentioned hotels
  • Mentioned meals, B – Breakfast, L – Lunch
  • Entrance fees to museums and historical sites
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • Guided Miniaturk Museum and shopping tour
  • Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise

Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours

7 Days Istanbul Special Tour

Day 1– Istanbul – Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey! Upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel . Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2– Istanbul – City Tour (B / L )

Breakfast & Lunch
Pick up at 8:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to Haghia Sophia:  this ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Topkapi Palace – the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain as well as robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury and Islamic relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.  Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three surrounding monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Your guide will then take you to the Grand Bazaar. In this labyrinth of streets and passages you can find more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-beaten copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Free evening and optional Istanbul Evening Shows or Dinner on the Bosphorus  including traditional Turkish entertainment and dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3– Istanbul – Bosphorus & Two Continents Tour ( B / L )

Breakfast & Lunch
Pick up at 08:30am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise. Visit the Spice Bazaar (also known as the Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the heady fragrances of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other herb and spice imaginable.
Bosphorus Boat Cruise,  a memorable excursion by boat along the Straits separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabahce Palace, home to six Sultans from 1856, when it was first inhabited, up until the abolition of the Caliphate in 1924, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Çiragan Palace with its magnificent marble façade. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
Rumeli Fortress, built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only three months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most remarkable examples of military architecture anywhere in the world.
Beylerbeyli Palace, the summer residence of Ottoman sultans, exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Bosphorus Bridge – enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe)
Camlica Hill – the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style.
The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4– Istanbul – Free Day ( B )

Breakfast 
The day is yours. You don’t have to wake up early, you can explore the historic city of Istanbul, shop in the local markets, or enjoy one of the many day trips we offer you to choose from. These include Ephesus, Cappadocia, Dolmabahce Palace, Traditional Turkish Bath, Green Bursa, Istanbul Princes Islands or enjoy the Istanbul Evening Show, Dinner on the Bosphorus with popular musical instruments and Turkish singers. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 5– Istanbul- Miniaturk Museum & Pier Lothi Hill Tour ( B / L  )

Breakfast & Lunch

Today we will visit the largest miniature park in the world. Miniaturk is a miniature park in Istanbul, Turkey. It was opened May 2, 2003. Miniaturk covers a total area of 60.000 m². It is the world’s largest miniature park with its 15.000 m² model area. Miniaturk has 40.000 m² of open space, 3.500 m² of covered area, 2.000 m² of pools and waterways, and a great children’s playground.
The park contains 105 models done in 1/25th scale. 45 of the structures are from Istanbul, 45 are from Anatolia, and 15 are from the Ottoman territories that today lie outside of Turkey. Also featured are historic structures like the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus (now Bodrum). Additional space was reserved for potential future models.
Your guide will then take you to visit Pierloti: At the top of Eyup Sultan Cemetery you can find one of the best places to look at the famous Golden Horn of Istanbul, this place, that now is a cafe called Pierre Loti Cafe, as a memorial for the writer Pierre Loti, a regular of the cafe, mainly for the views.
After the tour, return to your hotel. Overnight Istanbul.

Day 6 – Istanbul – Free Day ( B )

Breakfast 
The day is yours. You don’t have to wake up early, you can explore the historic city of Istanbul, shop in the local markets, or enjoy one of the many day trips we offer you to choose from. These include Ephesus, Cappadocia, Dolmabahce Palace, Traditional Turkish Bath, Green Bursa, Istanbul Princes Islands or enjoy the Istanbul Evening Show, Dinner on the Bosphorus with popular musical instruments and Turkish singers. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 7– Istanbul – End of Tour ( B )
Breakfast 
After breakfast check out from the hotel. End of our services. We hope you had an enjoyable tour and hope to see you soon on another of our Turkey tour packages.

Haghia Sophia Museum
Haghia Sophia Museum

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