Istanbul is a city where the East meets the West. The charming beauty of this city has caught the eyes of several empires throughout history such as the Greeks, the Romans, and the Ottomans. As you take a walk through the busy streets, you will instantly see the history unfold in front of your eyes with its majestic minarets, serene mosques, and market places buzzing with precious products of local produce and antiques dating back to over hundreds of years. The rich platter of local cuisine is as diverse as the history of Turkey itself. The beautiful buildings of Istanbul perfectly reflect the glow of the setting sun. Istanbul has its share of famous historical buildings such as the Blue Mosque, the Topkap Palace, and the Galata Tower among many others. The people of Istanbul are extremely friendly and they will be more than happy to show you around the city. Istanbul’s culture is unique as it has the perfect blend of both western and eastern cultures. The city has equally attracted the attention of artists from Europe and the Middle East. Istanbul offers everything from a delightful shopping experience, good historical sights, to a divine platter of local delicacies.
With your arrival at the airport, you will meet our representatives, who would then take you to your hotel.
Have an overnight stay at the hotel.
You begin your trip to Istanbul with a visit to Galata Tower. The Galata Tower has a rich history dating back to the 6th century. This is one of the most widely visited places in Istanbul as the tourists can stroll along the Istikal Street and the Taksim Square. Next, you will be visiting New Mosque and the Egyptian Bazaar. The New Mosque (Yeni Camii) unlike its namesake was built between 1597-1663. This was once a bustling complex in its heyday but now it is quiet place for prayer and solitude. Its architectural features make this one of the most picturesque places in Istanbul. The Egyptian Bazaar or the Spice Bazaar dates back to the 17th century and contains the city’s oldest markets.
After lunch, you will spend the rest of the day visiting Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Basilica Cistern. Hagia Sophia is the oldest architectural wonders of Istanbul. Having gone through being a church, and a mosque, the Hagia Sophia is now a museum. The Blue Mosque gets its name from its blue exterior and it was built in the beginning of the 17th century. Your final destination for the day will be the Basilica Cistern. It is an amazingly preserved cistern dating back to the year 532 AD.
Dinner and a drive back to the hotel.
The Dolmabahce Palace lies on the European shores of Bosphorus and it will give one an insight into the opulence once enjoyed by the Ottoman Empire. After this, you will be visiting the Military Museum; the museum contains exhibits of the Ottoman Empire when they conquered Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
After lunch, you will be visiting the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts. This museum is a treasure trove of objects from the Ottoman Empire and some even dating back to the 8th century.
You will spend the rest of the day shopping in the Grand Bazaar.
Dinner and a drive back to the hotel.
The Faith Mosque Complex was built between the years 1462 to 1470. This complex contains a caravansary, many hamams, kitchens, and a market. The next stop will be at Istanbul University, built in 1493, the university teaches courses from different fields such as history, philosophy, law, science, and mathematics. After this, you will be visiting Sultan II Mahmut Turbesi, a place where are all the important sultans and noblemen are buried in.
The rest of the day is free for leisure.
After breakfast, you will be checking out of the hotel and the driver will drive you back to the airport.
End of Tour.