See the landmark monuments of Istanbul on a 4-day tour of the Ottoman and Byzantine monuments, including the iconic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome. Explore the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, cruise on the Boshphorus Strait and more.
What to Expect
Explore the Byzantine and Ottoman monuments of Istanbul on a 4-day mini tour. Learn about the sultans of the Ottoman era at Topkapi Palace, go to the site of the Byzantine chariot races at the Hippodrome, cruise between 2 continents on the Bosphorus Strait, and haggle for unique souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar.
Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be transfered to your hotel for the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 2: Istanbul Full-Day City Tour (B, L)
Explore the Byzantine and Ottoman monuments of the historic heart of Istanbul’s "Old City." Visit the former Byzantine church and mosque of Hagia Sophia, one of the great marvels of architecture, built as a basilica by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. Marvel at the blue iznik tiles and slender minarets of the iconic Blue Mosque, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Go to the site of the Byzantine chariot races at the Hippodrome, and see the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Next, wander the labyrinth of stalls at the Grand Bazaar, the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets and leatherwear. Continue to the sultans complex at Topkapi Palace to see an extensive collection of Chinese porcelain, weapons and calligraphy. Next, visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, the architectural masterpiece of Sinan, chief architect of the Ottoman Empire, built in the name of Suleiman the Magnificent. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Day 3: Bosporus Cruise (B)
Cruise the Bosphorus Straits in the morning for wonderful views of Istanbul's European and Asian sides. Relax as you pass the marble palaces, wooden villas of the Ottoman era, and luxury residences. Cruise to Rumeli Fortress, built to control entry to the Bosphorus Strait and protect Istanbul. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure.
Day 4: Departure (B)
Transfer to Istanbul Airport for your flight home.
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure
- Accommodation in a 4-star hotel (taxes and services charges)
- Meals as specified (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Transportation by non-smoking, air-conditioned mini/midi bus
- English-speaking escort/guide
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
What's Not Included
- Gratuities to tour staff
- All items of a personal nature (laundry, taxis, etc.)
- Beverages (except those served at breakfast).
- Visa fees
Know Before You Go
• Please bring comfortable shoes, a hat and umbrella, and sun screen