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One of the world's great cities, bustling and modern Istanbul does not hide its ancient history. For a thousand years the greatest Christian city, Constantinople in May of 1453 was conquered by the young Ottoman prince Mehmet II to begin its journey to become the modern Istanbul we find today. Immerse yourself in this fascinating city during comprehensive touring days.
Day 1 - Istanbul
Arrive to Istanbul, Turkey where you are met and escorted to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 2 – Istanbul - City Sightseeing
This morning depart on a full day city tour, visit magnificent St. Sophia’s Basilica built originally by Constantine the Great. We continue our visits with the fascinating and impressive Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets, it’s beautiful blue Iznik tiles, unique architecture and marble latticework. Then visit the Byzantine Hippodrome where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place as well as the famed Topkapi Palace. Finally we visit the famous vast and bustling Grand Bazaar. (B)
Day 3 - Istanbul – City Sightseeing
Today’s tour starts with a visit to the Spice Bazaar, the center for the spice trade in Istanbul. Continue on the Bosphorus Cruise, a magical journey which covers both European and Asian shores. You will see the marvelous monuments and districts like: Maiden Tower (Kiz Kulesi), Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy, Fethi Ahmet Pasa Mansion, Ortakoy Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Kuleli Military School, Arnavutkoy, Bebek and more highlights of Istanbul located on both sides of the Bosporus. In the afternoon cross over the Bosphorus Bridge to Asia and visit Beylerbeyi Palace, which was the summer residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We end our day with a visit to Camlica Hill, one of the highest points of the Bosphorus and Istanbul. The Camlica Hill has a wonderful panorama including the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, historical Peninsula and islands. (B)
Day 4 – Depart Istanbul
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)