Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.
- Local Transportation
- Professional Guide
- Entrance Fees
- Guide Gratuity
Day 1 Arrival at Istanbul
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
Day 2 Istanbul City Tour
Pick up in the morning from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Then proceed to SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
Day 3 Full Day Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping
Pick up at 09:00 am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour. Visit the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries. RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world. BEYLERBEYI PALAS (PALACE) The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul. BOSPHORUS BRIDGE enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe) CAMLICA HILL the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style. SHOPPING TOUR (after cruise) Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts center and a modern leatherwear show. Enjoy the experience of shopping whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen, with local escort full of knowledge about how to haggle the streets of Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 Full Day Istanbul Aquarium and Aqua Florya Shopping Mall
Pick up from your hotel depart for Istanbul Aquarium & Aqua Florya Shopping Mall Tour. First you will visit the Istanbul Akvaryum which is the biggest thematic aquarium of the world. Istanbul Akvaryum holds a leading position among worldwide aquariums thanks to its volume, variety of fish species, and the activities on travel routes. It is a project which makes “firsts” and “mosts” in its field. The visitors, by following a geographical route, will travel on a route that hosts 16 themes and 1 rainforest going from the Black Sea towards the Pacific. Istanbul Akvaryum displays more than 1500 species and 15000 land and sea creatures includes GENTOO PENGUINS, CAPYBARA, LACED MORAY, Arapaima, Balloon Fish, Banggai Cardinal Fish, Spotted Garden Eel, Cownose Ray, Emperor Angelfish, Eagle Ray, Musky Caiman, Sand Tiger Shark, Humphead Wrasse, False Stonefish, Clownfish, Red Lionfish, Lemon Shark, Phantasmal Poison Frog, Longhorn Cowfish, Lagoon Triggerfish, Redbelly Piranha, and octopi which has 6.800 cubic meters water volume and 64 tanks in total in 22000 square meters area. 5D 6-axle movie house offering service within Istanbul Akvaryum, Guests will perceive what they watch three-dimensionally thanks to special glasses they wear, and will experience a virtual feast by wind, fog, water and touch effects that they have never seen. Optional Activities also available including: Mirror Maze, Diving With Sharks, Fly ride Helicopter Tour, Fish Feeding Hours At, Istanbul Akvaryum Diving Course, Opening Banner In The Main Tank and MG Photography. Following your visits you will have free time in mall. The shopping offer is completed by leisure concepts, making Aqua Florya a destination itself, especially for families. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5 Full Day Vialand Theme Park
Pick up from your hotel depart for Vialand. Vialand is the new center of Istanbul similar to Disneyland. It has lots of shops, game centers, pools and more entertainments. Enjoy an adrenaline kick, a shopping fix and non-stop entertainment with an action-packed day out at Vialand theme park. Park includes different parts like, theme park, Vialand shopping center, performance and demonstration center, legend world, game world, adventure world, Vialand castle, vikings, 360, roller coaster, crazy river, safari tunnel, dungeon and Vialand express. Vialand has 4 parts as Fun Zone, Shopping Zone, History Zone and Adventure Zone. First of all, it is a safe place for the kids. It is entertaining and educative. Also Vialand has the biggest Food Court with its lots of restaurants. Center has a small tram to travel around the shops. One of the biggest Roller Coasters in Euro will be waiting you in the center. Vialand also has a part for the people likes the exciting time of King Kong. If you are a water fun, then you will like Splash Coaster. And Fatih Dark Ride will take you to the times of ottoman and old Istanbul streets. Starshaped and Safari Coaster will be your other favourites.
Day 6 Departure from Istanbul
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future