Upon your arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, our guide will meet you and drive to your Hotel Istanbul by van/car. The rest of the day is leisure for you. Relax or explore this intriguing city as you desire.
Enjoy a full day tour of sightseeing, discover the Byzantine and the Ottoman Relics; visit Saint Sophia Museum, one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels, built by Constantine The Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. Then visit Sultanahmet Moschee, built in the 16th century, unique with six minarets and its magnificent interior decoration of the blue Iznik tiles. See the Ancient Hippodrome, once was the scene of chariot races, with three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Before lunch visit the grand Covered Bazaar within over 4000 tiny shops. Visit Royal Topkapi Palast, the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Then visit Suleymaniye Moschee, built in 1550 by the famous architect Sinan, emphasized with four minarets rising one from each corner of the courtyard. You will be transferred back to FOUR STAR Hotel Istanbul in the early evening for the night. B.L.
Early in the morning, enjoy a full day tour to Bosphorus and Asia; visit the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market) and then embark on a boat, sail along the waterway separating Europe and Asia, while passing the magnificent Der Dolmabahce Palast under Bosphous Bridge, the Fortresses, villas and small fishing villages. Then Rumeli Fortress; built by Mehmet in 1453, prior to the conquest of Istanbul, one of the most beautiful works of military architecture. After lunch in a Turkish local restaurant across Bosphorus Bridge, visit the summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans with its Harem on the Asian side. Then see the panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from Camlica Hill, the highest point of Istanbul. You will be transferred back to your Hotel Istanbul in the early evening for the night.
You will have a day of leisure. Optional join tour of Istanbul by night with dinner and entertainment (belly dancing and folk dancing). Overnight at your Hotel Istanbul.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport or pier for your departure back home.