– Roman Hippodrome
– Topkapi Palace
– Silk Market
– Camlica Hill
– Private transportation as per itinerary
– 4 night’s accommodation
– Full board meals as per itinerary
– Tour & entrance fee as per itinerary
– English speaking guide
– Return international air ticket
– Travel Insurance
– Compulsory tips USD 8 / pax / day
– Others not mentioned
– Minimum 4 to go
Istanbul is the only major city in the world that straddle two continents, Europe on one side and Asia on the other. Due to its unique geographical location, Istanbul exhibits the perfect harmony of eastern and western influences.
DAY 01: ARRIVAL ISTANBUL (Dinner)
Arrive at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. Welcome and assist by our English speaking tour guide. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 02: ISTANBUL (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Welcome to Istanbul, the magic city gateway to Aegean and Mediterranean Coast, land of fascinating history and beauty. It is a metropolis of exquisite palace, magnificent mosques and museum of great interests, as well as the leading city of modem Turkey! Let’s embark on an exciting tour, visiting the various landmark of Istanbul. Visit Roman Hippodrome where horse chariot aces and events were held. Then, visit the Blue Mosque-Sultan Ahmet I set out to build a mosque that would rival and even surpass St. Sophia (Aya Sofya). The layout of the Blue Mosque is classic Ottoman design. The forecourt has an ablutions fountain in its center. The portico around three sides could be used for prayer, meditation or study during warm weather. Continue to visit Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi)-was the residence of Ottoman sultans for almost four centuries and is Istanbul’s premier must-see attraction. Unlike European-style palaces, Topkapi is not one large building with outlying garden Its form-inspired and informed by Islamic architectural sensibilities-consists of series of pavilions, kitchens, audience chambers and kiosks built around a series of garden count yards. After lunch, the last stop will be aromatic Spice Bazaar, where the smells of cinnamon, cloves and thyme, rise from hundreds of colorful muslin bags at every store-front Transfer to hotel. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 03: ISTANBUL – BURSA (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast, we will visit leather outlet center. Free time for shopping. Then we depart for Bursa. Upon arrival, lunch at local restaurant. After lunch we visit the Green Mosque, Green Tomb, Grand Mosque and Silk Market. Dinner and overnight in Bursa.
DAY 04: BURSA – ISTANBUL (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
After breakfast drive to Istanbul. Before crossing European Side, visit Camlica Hill. From here, there is an absolutely magnificent view, which makes it well worth the climb. . In the morning when the sun is still easterly one has a panoramic sight of the whole city, the Bosphorus almost as far as the Black Sea, the Marmara Sea with the Princes Islands, and behind that, the great snow covered ridge of Uludag, the Bithynian Olympus. Toward evening the sun sets almost directly behind Istanbul and its domes and minarets are silhouetted against the flaming western sky like a splendid stage drop. After lunch, drop to Grand Covered Bazaar of Istanbul which covered by hemispheric domes-houses 4, 000 shops.. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 05: DEPARTURE ISTANBUL (Breakfast)
Free until departure time then we escort you to the airport for your onward or homeward flight.