Turkey Istanbul Stopover
Istanbul is known as the “Pearl of the East and the Jewel of the West”. The city stands on the divide between two very different cultures, religions, and social views. Historically and geographically this great city has the weight of a nation behind it. And a country that still claims several of the wonders of the world. Enjoy 5 days in Istanbul visiting and discovering some of the magnificent Bazaars, Mosques and Palaces.
At a Glance
Day_1 Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel
Day_2 Full Day Istanbul tour
Day_3 Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour
Day_4 Istanbul: Day at leisure
Day_5 Transfer to Istanbul Airport. End of tour
Have one full free day to explore the city on your own. You can do some shopping in the many markets and bazaars. You will also enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus River. Your guide can show you all the wonderful articles on sale at the markets and help you with haggling.
Witness the classic sites of heritage and history that abound in Istanbul on 5 day tour. Visit architectural masterpieces, marvel at awe-inspiring, Byzantine-era tile-works, and see the imperial treasures of Ottoman sultans. You also experience the customs of trade-life at a bustling bazaar.
Your tour starts with a brief stop at the Hippodrome, once the sporting and social center of the Roman capital of Constantinople, and still home to a few remaining obelisks. You then continue to the Byzantine basilica, Hagia Sophia, where you’re sure to be dazzled by the 30 million gold tesserae (tiny mosaic tiles) and the great Calligraphic Panes that line the interior.
Put your haggling skills to test and find a bargain at the Grand Bazaar, or simply observe the trade of diamonds, perfume, food, and rugs, before moving on to the Sultan Ahmet-inspired masterpiece—The Blue Mosque. Admire the finely decorated Ottoman tiles and stained-glass windows on your way to the solemn Tomb of Sultan Ahmet.
Meander through the regal rooms of the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. See the imperial treasury and its collection of Chinese porcelain, costumes, and weaponry.