The city on two continents 5 days
The metropolis on two continents
Day 1: Arrival
Flight from chosen airport to Istanbul. Reception at airport by our tour guide and transfer to hotel. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 2: Classic Istanbul
After breakfast together we will have a short information session. Then we will take the bus to the famous Sultan Ahmed Square. Here we will visit the former Hippodrome where many lovely, as well as sad events have taken place throughout the history of this city. The next visit is to the Blue Mosque, one of the most imposing mosques in the world. Opposite the Blue Mosque stands the Hagia Sophia, which is one of the most magnificent buildings of the Byzantine epoch and was built in the 6th century AD. The final activity is a visit to a carpet centre. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 3: Oriental Bazaar and Topkapı Palace
Early-morning drive to the famous Egyptian Bazaar of Istanbul. Here, you will experience the different aromas of the Orient. You will drive along the old city wall and the Golden Horn to Pier Loti. You will take a short tea break here with a view of the Golden Horn. Then you will drive to one of the most important palaces in Turkey, to Topkapı Palace. With more than 100,000 items on display, this palace is the former residence of the Ottoman sultans! Visit to Topkapı Palace (harem and treasury chamber not included). Afterwards, visit to a jewel centre and a leather fashion show. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 4: Half-day trip to the Asian section & Süleymaniye Mosque
Early-morning trip to Süleymaniye Mosque. The mosque was built as a foundation complex (külliye), and it is the largest mosque in Istanbul. Afterwards, you will continue on to the Asian side and can view the entire city from Camlıca Hill. The famous Bosphorus is here right at your feet.
Optional excursion: Afternoon Bosphorus boat ride
The Bosphorus boat ride is an excursion you definitely should not miss! Passing the many palaces, pavilions and several villas, you can see the other side of Istanbul. Villas, pavilions and palaces from the 19th century display the wealth of the city. The boat ride passes beautiful palaces and villas to the inlet to the Black Sea. The beauty of the Bosphorus is astonishing.
Day 5: Departure
Transfer from the hotel to Istanbul Airport and return flight.