3-Nights in Istanbul Two Continents Tour: East Meets West

3-Nights in Istanbul Two Continents Tour: East Meets West
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$339
Duration: 4 days
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One of the unique things about Istanbul is the fact the city spans two Continents and this is an opportunity to explore both sides, which is separated by the Bosphorous River. On the first day you will be taken to the more famous historical landmarks on the European side including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. After lunch this will be followed by the St Sophia Church and the Grand Bazaar. On your second day we you will sail along part of the Bosphorous where you can admire many of the old palaces which are sitting alongside some of Istanbul’s more modern residences. The highlight of the day will be the two minute crossing from Europe to Asia and finishing up on the Camlica Hill, which offers the best views of Istanbul and the Bosphorous.

Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul / Transfer to Hotel
Arrival to Istanbul. Your personal Agent will meet you at the airport and you will get the tour documents and briefing about your tour. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Full Day City Tour / Byzantine & Ottoman Relics (B-L)
After having breakfast at hotel, you will have a full day city tour.

Hippodrome: The former center of sprotive and political activities of Constantinople. You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II.

Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarest.

Topkapi Palace: The former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the Royal Family.

St.Sophia: The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times; one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world.

Grand Bazaar: In addition to its historical importance, it's a bazaar that will tempt even the nonshoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs.

Day 3: Full Day City Tour / Bosphorus & Two Continents (B-L)
After having breakfast at hotel, you will have a full day city tour.

Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish etc..

Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments.

Rumeli Fortress, Historical armament built by the Conquerer to control and protect Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. * Rumeli Fortress is closed on Wednesday.

Dolmabahce Palace: The last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier.

Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.

Camlica Hill, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view.

Day 4: Departure / Transfer to Airport (B)
After breakfast, your personal agent will meet you at your hotel and you will be transferred to airport according to your flight time.

One of the unique things about Istanbul is the fact the city spans two Continents and this is an opportunity to explore both sides, which is separated by the Bosphorous River. On the first day you will be taken to the more famous historical landmarks on the European side including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. After lunch this will be followed by the St Sophia Church and the Grand Bazaar. On your second day we you will sail along part of the Bosphorous where you can admire many of the old palaces which are sitting alongside some of Istanbul’s more modern residences. The highlight of the day will be the two minute crossing from Europe to Asia and finishing up on the Camlica Hill, which offers the best views of Istanbul and the Bosphorous.