Day 1: Istanbul
A tour representative will meet and escort you to the vehicle for transfer from Ataturk Airport to your hotel for overnight stay.
Day 2: Istanbul
Half day morning Ottoman tour with professional guide; Includes Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Palace is a large palace in Istanbul, was was one of the major residences of the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years 1465–1856 of their 624-year reign), Blue Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. Afterwards visit Hippodrome. The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydanı (Sultan Ahmet Square). Afternoon visit the Hagia Sophia. Built by the Roman Emperor Justinian, learn how Hagia Sophia remained one of the largest Basilicas until Ottoman rule when it was converted to a mosque. Then, stroll with your guide and observe the beautifully detailed Byzantine mosaics. Continue to the underground Basilica cistern also referred to as the “Sunken Palace” (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayi). Constructed below the famous peninsula of Sarayburnu by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, learn about this cistern’s massive size, the largest of hundreds in Istanbul. Next, surface from the cistern and head to the Grand Bazaar. Famously in operation for over six centuries, wind your way along its 58 corridors and marvel at one of the largest covered markets on the planet. Peer into some of the 4,000 plus shops and see ornate jewelry, leather goods, spices and colorful carpets. (Closed on Sundays; extra time will be dispersed over the other locations.). Overnight at the hotel. (B, L)
Day 3: Istanbul
Enjoy a half-day tour cruising on the Bosphorus, depending on weather conditions. Explore the city during a free afternoon. Optional: dinner includes Turkish belly and folk dancing. (B)
Day 4: Istanbul
Transfer to Ataturk airport for the flight home.