Day 1: Istanbul Arrival
Meet a driver at Ataturk airport for the trip to your hotel, with independent time for the rest of the day.
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour (B, L)
Begin with pickup at your hotel, then make your first stop of the day at Hagia Sophia, a landmark church-turned-museum in the heart of the Old City. Continue to the Ottoman-era Topkapi Palace, which houses a rich collection of antiques in the former home of sultans, courtiers, and harems. See the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, then browse for handicrafts at the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. After a full day of sightseeing, finish the day with drop-off at your hotel.
If desired, your guide can arrange an optional evening show or dinner cruise (own expense).
Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour (B, L)
Start the day at the spice bazaar, then set sail along the Bosphorus Strait that separates Europe and Asia. Youll see Dolmabahce Palace at the edge of the water, along with Yildiz Palace, Rumeli Fortress, and Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer home of the Ottoman Sultans.
After the cruise, get views of Istanbul from Camlica Hill, andlearn about traditional silk weaving, jewelry, and modern leather wear in city workshops. This is the perfect time to pick up souvenirs, and practice your bargaining skills with help from a local.
Day 4: Istanbul Departure (B)
Meet your guide for drop-off at Ataturk Airport, Sabiha Gokcen Airport, or the Istanbul cruise port.