Straddling the continents of Europe and Asia, divided by the straits of the Bosphorus, Istanbul forms the proverbial bridge between East and West. It is no longer a capital city, but with a population approaching 12 million, it remains one of the world’s great cities and the center of Turkey’s economic and cultural life. The Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, and the Bosphorus all mark the historical past of this ancient capital, from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Istanbul never fails to surprise - with its layer upon layer of history, hospitable people and glamorous nightlife, adding up to a most memorable vacation.
Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul. Airport transfer to your hotel. Brief orientation followed by a free day to enjoy at your own leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Begin the day at the Spice Market and Rustempasa Mosque. This is followed by a boat cruise through the Bosphorus, the strait dividing the European and Asian continents. Free afternoon at your leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: The tour begins with Hagia Sophia, a 5th century church, once the greatest in all the world. The next stop is at the Blue Mosque, renowned for its striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Afterward, visit the ancient Roman Hippodrome and the world-famous Grand Bazaar - a shopper's paradise of over 4000 authentic shops. Free afternoon at your leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Transfer from your hotel to the airport or port. Departure from Istanbul.
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