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Itinerary

Turkey Tour

Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city, and the only city in the world to straddle 2 continents. With this 4-day sightseeing tour, you will explore it in full, visiting such iconic highlights as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and Rumeli Fortress. You will stroll through atmospheric bazaars, such as the fragrant Egyptian Bazaar, and the amazing covered Grand Bazaar, and cruise along the Bosphorus, visiting Europe and Asia on one tour.

Day 1: Istanbul - Arrival You will be met at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport by a Travel Shop Turkey representative, for the transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Istanbul City Tour Following breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up at 08:30 for a full-day tour of Istanbul’s old quarters.

Go to St. Sophia, also known as Hagia Sophia. The ancient basilica was originally built by Constantine the Great in the 4th-Century, and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th-Century. One of the architectural marvels of all time, it is the largest Byzantine church, and the 4th largest church, in the world.

Continue to Topkapi Palace and explore the stunning palace used by the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th-Centuries. See its exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, as well as robes worn by the sultans and their families, famous jewels of the imperial treasury, relics of the Prophet Mohammed, and the Pavilion of the Holy Mantle.

Move on to Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, located across from St. Sophia, and one of the city’s greatest buildings. Built in the 16th-Century by the architect Mehmet, it is more popularly known as the Blue Mosque, due to its magnificent interior of blue Iznik tiles.

See the Hippodrome, scene of chariot races in the ancient world, and explore its 3 remaining monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.

Explore the labyrinth of streets at the Grand Bazaar. One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, you will discover more then 4,000 shops, with a dedicated area for each trade. Walk along alleys full of goldsmiths, carpet sellers, and arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware, and meerschaum pipes.

After a full day of sightseeing, transfer back to your hotel, and spend the evening at leisure, with optional Istanbul evening shows or a Bosphorus dinner cruise, including traditional Turkish entertainment.

Day 4: Istanbul - Departure After breakfast, check out from your hotel at the end of your tour

What's Included

  • Airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul
  • Guided Istanbul city tour
  • Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and shopping tour
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour guides
  • Return transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport
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