This legendary city straddling two continents is renowned for its history and hospitality. With a 4 night stay this tour includes many of the historical site of this amazing city. This includes the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, as well as the Dolmabahce Palace, the last home of the Ottoman Empire. Part of your trip will include a boat ride on the Bosphorous, which separates this wonderful city and you will cross over the Bosphorous Bridge taking you from Europe to Asia to see panoramic views from Camlica Hill. Your last day is free to explore on your own, or spend time shopping. And in the evening you will be taken to a traditional show where you can marvel at the beauty and movement of a belly dancer.
Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul / Transfer to Hotel Arrival to Istanbul. Your personal Agent will meet you at the airport and you will get the tour documents and briefing about your tour. Overnight in Istanbul.Day 2: Full Day City Tour / Byzantine & Ottoman Relics (B-L) After having breakfast at hotel, you will have a full day city tour.Hippodrome: The former center of sprotive and political activities of Constantinople. You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II. Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarest.Topkapi Palace: The former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the Royal Family. St.Sophia: The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times; one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. Grand Bazaar: In addition to its historical importance, it's a bazaar that will tempt even the non shoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs.Day 3: Full Day City Tour / Bosphorus & Two Continents (B-L) After having breakfast at hotel, you will have a full day city tour.Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish etc.. Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments. Rumeli Fortress, Historical armament built by the Conquerer to control and protect Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. * Rumeli Fortress is closed on Wednesday. Dolmabahce Palace: The last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Camlica Hill, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view.Day 4: Turkish Bath / Hamam (B) After having breakfast at hotel, you will be transferred to a historical Turkish Bath.Hamam: It's the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna. Day 5: Departure / Transfer to Airport (B) After breakfast, your personal agent will meet you at your hotel and you will be transferred to airport according to your flight time