5 Days Istanbul Package Transfer Hotel Tour
SHORT TOUR INFO
Duration: 5 Days
Starts From: Tour start from any Airport in Istanbul or your hotel or Union Station (or other convenient location).
Ends: Transfer from hotel to any airport in Istanbul (or other convenient location).
Tour Highlights: Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square, Topkapi Royal Palace, Hagia-Sophia, Grand Bazaar.Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Camlica Hill. Princes Island.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey, Istanbul Airport. Meet with Travel Istanbul staff and transfer to your hotel for your first night. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30 am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to ST. 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.
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.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Sedefkar 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 COVERED BAZAAR 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. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Free Evening and optional Istanbul Evening Shows or Bosphorus Dinner Cruise including traditional Turkish entertainment and dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour
Pick up at 08:30 am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour. Visit the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion, you will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
DOLMABAHCE (PALACE) The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul.
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE, enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe).
CAMLICA HILL the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style.
The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 - Princes Island Tour
Take a leisurely 28- kilometer cruise through the Sea of Marmara to the unspoiled charms of Buyukada.
The largest of the Prince's Islands, Buyukada boasts lush foliage, pine forests, turn of the century wooden mansions and incomparable views of Istanbul. Best of all, cars are banned, so you travel by horse-drawn carriage.
Our destination is Buyukada, the largest of the island chain, but we will pass by four other islands on the way.
The preferred means of transportation is the charming horse-drawn carriage known as the Phaeton, which we will use on our circular tour of Buyukada, passing elegant mansions draped in brilliant purple bougainvillea.
Evening returns to Istanbul and transfers to your hotel.
Day 5 - Istanbul - End of Tour
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 another Travel Istanbul Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing Travel Istanbul.