Day1: Arrival Istanbul and Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Turkish Night Shows (D)
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. If you arrive early, we can arrange some activities for you upon request. Bosphorus Dinner Cruise (With Dinner) starts at 20:30 pm and ends at about 23:45pm.
Enjoy your first evening on a magical ride on the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul: This 3 and a half hours boat cruise has delicious dinner with all-inclusive local drinks. You will watch a spectacular floor show of famous authentic belly-dancers and enjoy a full night of traditional live Anatolian Folklore entertainment featuring popular musical instruments and live Turkish singers. Around midnight we will transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.
Day2: Istanbul Old City Tour (B,L)
Istanbul Old City Tour ( Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar)
Breakfast Included. Your tour will commence at 09.00 am.
Hagia 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.
Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
Grand Cover Bazaar, In this labyrinth of streets and passages, are 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-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware, and meerschaum pipes.
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, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.
Day3: Istanbul Departure
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on one of our tours.
Legend for meals: B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner