Discover Istanbul in Two Days

Discover Istanbul in Two Days
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$588.24
Duration: 2 days
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Enjoy a 2-day guided tour of Istanbul, Old City, and The Bosphorus By Boat. Includes lunch, entrances fees, minivan, licensed guide and boat trip.

Begin your tour program at one of Istanbul's greatest architectural masterpieces; Hagia Sophia. This 6th century basilica will stun you with its towering minarets and beautiful handcrafted mosaics.

Head to the Blue Mosque. One of the most famous monuments in all of Turkey, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque) is a monument to the Ottoman empire and its builders. It gets its name from the more than twenty-thousand Iznik blue tiles that adorn its facade and interior. Let the history impress you as you receive a tour. You then step back in time a bit to the Hippodrome. Imagine what life might have been like as locals traveled to see the chariot races at this famous sports arena.

Take a shopping break as you head to the Grand Bazaar, where you'll have the chance to barter on everything from fine leather goods, to spices and plenty of sweets to satisfy your sweet tooth.

After lunch,You will visit  the Topkapi Imperial Palace, the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans. Today it serves as an incredible museum and monument to that time, and you will have plenty of time to stroll through its gardens and galleries filled with fine Chinese porcelain and silver. See many of the imperial costumes worn by the Sultans and their families, as well as monuments of the Prophet Muhammed. Eventually walk to the Roman Water Reservoir to the last monument of the first day, The Basilica Cistern.

Day Two starts with the Spice Bazaar, Rüstem Pasha Mosque, a Bosphorus cruise accompanied by your tour guide. Enjoy being treated to several stops along this epic waterway, which divides Europe and Asia. The ferry operates from Eminou, port 3 at Bogaz Hatti. Step onto a traditional boat, with seats on the outside for perfect and unobstructed views of the city around you. We make our first stop at Besiktas, the downtown of European Istanbul. 

Once the ship sets sail again, pass many lovely houses built along the European Side of the straight. We will pass by huge European Fortresses constructed by Sultan Mehmed II in 1452 before the conquering of Istanbul.

After lunch, pass from Bosphorus Bridge to the Asian Continent of The City where you will go to the highest panoramic point of the city; Camlica Hill, from where the whole city is under your feet.

Enjoy a 2-day guided tour of Istanbul, Old City, and The Bosphorus By Boat. Includes lunch, entrances fees, minivan, licensed guide and boat trip.