Discover Istanbul Package Tours
Tour Code: CS-IST
Duration: 4 days 3 nights
Highlights: Hagia Sophia, “Blue Mosque”, Hippodrome Square, Grand Covered Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Spice Market, Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise.
Departures: Daily All year round
Tour Price: From $315 per person, double occupancy (Small Group Tour)
This exciting mini-tour traces Istanbul’s Byzantine and Ottoman heritage. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll spend a full day discovering the city’s most acclaimed historic, religious and cultural landmarks. You’ll also visit its exotic Grand covered bazaar. And a half-day cruise on the Bosphorous will provide a perfect opportunity to photograph Istanbul’s spectacular European and Asian shorelines.
Day 1 – Arrival to Istanbul Transfer to your hotel
Check into your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Full Day City Tour
After breakfast, you begin your comprehensive city sightseeing tour. The first stop is “Sultan Ahmet Center” in the heart of the “Old City”, from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Here you’ll visit the Hagia Sophia, an architectural marvel built as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Next, it’s the “Blue Mosque”, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet, and famous for its blue Iznik tiles and six majestic minarets. Then it’s on to the ancient Hippodrome Square, once the site of chariot races, athletic events, and political gatherings, where you’ll see the Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, and the Fountain of Wilhelm II.
After lunch, you proceed to the Grand Covered Bazaar, the world’s largest “souk” (shopping center) which houses nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs. From here you proceed to the illustrious Topkapi Palace, the former Imperial Residence of Ottoman Sultans, housing exhibitions of Chinese porcelain, weapons, and calligraphy. The tour concludes with a visit to the Grand Bazaar Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)
Day 3 – Half Day Bosphorus Cruise
After a brief visit to the colorful Spice Market, you embark on a half-day cruise on the Bosphorus, the waterway that divides Istanbul and the continents of Europe and Asia. From the deck of your cruise boat, you’ll have wonderful views of the marble palaces, ancient Ottoman wooden villas and modern residential towers and hotels that line the both shorelines. You’ll also have a good view of Rumeli Fortress, built to control access to the Bosporus and protect Istanbul from invaders. After disembarking, you’ll be driven back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)
DAY 4 Istanbul to Back home
Your mini-tour ends after breakfast at your hotel transfer to Airport (B)
PRICES& DEPARTURE DATES
|Departure Period||Per Person Double Occupancy||Per Person Triple Occupancy||Single Supplement|
|April 1 to October 31||$315||$295||$160|
|November 1 to March 31||$265||$235||$110|
Note: Above rates are not valid during the Christmas and New Years Holidays.
What The Price Includes
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
- Accommodation at 4-Star Hotel*
- Meals as specified in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
- Transportation by non-smoking, air-conditioned mini/midi bus
- Services of a professional English-speaking escort/guide
- Entrance fees to the sites visited, per itinerary
- Hotel taxes and services charges
Upgrade to 5-Star or Boutique Hotels available (rates on request)
- Gratuities to tour staff
- All items of a personal nature (laundry, taxis, etc.)
- Beverages (except for those served with breakfast).
- Visa fees