5-Day Istanbul Holiday with Bosphorus Cruise
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Get fascinated by plenty of precious exhibits showcased in Topkapi Palace
- Take in the amazing history and beautiful Byzantine architecture of Hagia Sophia
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- Day 1
Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul.
- Day 2
After breakfast, be transferred to a 1-hour scenic cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, which is boundary of Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Later, you will visit the Rumeli Fortress, built in an incredibly short time in 1452. Continue on to explore an exotic spice market where a multitude of herbs have been sold since the 15th century.
- Day 3
This morning, ascend to Topkapi Palace, and take in the views of its fabulous collections of jewels and other artifacts. Continue to visit the Imperial Harem, another palace inside the Topkapi. Explore the Hagia Sophia, which is a museum encompassing both Christianity and Islam nowadays. Next visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles decorating interior walls, considered the landmark of Istanbul. Discover the Basilica cistern, was constructed by Justinian in 532 to supply water to the Byzantine Palace primarily. Later, you will visit the highlights of the ancient hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and others.
- Day 4
Today, you will discover those major pieces of Islamic art and ethnographic textiles displayed in the Islamic Art Museum. After, encounter the Covered Bazaar, an age-old labyrinth of streets filled with all sorts of tempting items to purchase. Tour to Dolmabace Palace is included. Continue on to enjoy a walking tour along the old streets and trade areas to the mosque complex of Suleiman the Magnificent this afternoon.
- Day 5
After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul International Airport for departure flight.
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- The Hagia Sophia
- The Bosphorous
- The Blue Mosque
- The Hagia Sophia
- Grand Bazaar