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Istanbul Classical Tour

IST02: 5 Days Istanbul Tours

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized

Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car

Accommodation: 5-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice

Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! Our local representative will pick you up at the airport. On the way to the hotel, he/she will give an account briefly of your Istanbul private guided tours. You can take a good rest in your room. If you're not tried after the long-distance flight, you may have a discovery tour on your own in this old city with over 2,600 years' history. It is the only city across over both Europe and Asia.

Accommodation: Fer Hotel (5 stars)

Day 2: Istanbul Old City tour
Have your breakfast at the hotel. The guide will pick you up to explore Istanbul Old City. The first attraction we'll visit is the Sultanahmet Mosque. It is more popular with the name Blue Mosque, for the walls there were decorated with more than 20,000 blue and white tiles. Then we'll continue our private guided Istanbul tours to visit the Hagia Museum opposite the Blue Mosque, which was a church in the Roman Empire. Up to the Ottoman period, the emperor didn't have the heart to demolish this exquisite building, so he transformed it into a mosque. In this way, it became a religious architecture in a unique style. After that, you will follow the guide to Basilica Cistern Museum next to the Hagia Museum, which is an underground reservoir 1,500 years ago. Lunch will be at a local restaurant.

After lunch, we'll continue to visit the Topkapi Palace which is also known as the Old Palace, for it is the old imperial palace of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years. The rest of the day, we will enjoy shopping in the Grand Bazaar with more than 4,000 stores. After the visits, we will drop you back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Fer Hotel (5 stars)

  • Istanbul Blue Mosque
    Sultan Ahmet Mosque, also called Blue Mosque
  • Hagia Museum
    Hagia Museum, one of the landmarks in Istanbul
Day 3: Bosporus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Bazaar
The guide and driver will lead you to the Dolmabahce Palace firstly on this private guided Istanbul tours after breakfast. On the European coast of the Bosphorus Strait, it is called the New Palace. Next, we'll go to visit Spice Bazaar, where not only tourists but many locals also come to shop. Thus this is the best place to get the feeling of the local life.

After you have lunch, we'll transfer to the wharf for a 2-hour Bosphorus Cruise. It is the best way to appreciate both European and Asian sights of Istanbul. You can see the Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill, villas in the rich area and a number of Ottoman-style buildings on the boat. After the cruise, you'll be escorted back to hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Fer Hotel (5 stars)

  • Turkey Spice
    Spices in Grand Bazaar
  • Bosphorus Cruise
    Having a cuise on the Bosphorus Strait
Day 4: Explore Istanbul in depth
You'll start your Istanbul private guided tours today with the tour guide and driver after your breakfast and hotel pick-up. Our first stop is the Chora Church Museum, also known as the Mosaic Museum. The excellent mosaic inlay works of the 13-14th centuries on walls describe the life of Christ and the Virgin, showing the outstanding art achievements of Byzantine Era. Then we are going to stroll through the ancient Fener-Balat District, where you can eat lunch and take a short break.

In the afternoon, we will get to the Suleymaniye Mosque on the high platform by the Golden Horn Bay, which has been referred to as the most magnificent monument of Ottoman Empire. Afterwards we'll drive along the Golden Horn to Pierre Lotti Hill. You can take the cable car to the top, and enjoy the city views of Istanbul high up. You are free to take pictures or enjoy a cup of pure Turkish black tea at your own expense. After the tour, you'll be sent back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Fer Hotel (5 stars)

  • Suleymaniye Mosque
    Suleymaniye Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul
Day 5: Depart Istanbul
Please check out the hotel before 12:00. According to the schedule of your flight, the driver will transfer you on time to the airport for your next destination. If you are planning other itineraries in Turkey, please feel free to contact us. There are more choices for you at Agate Travel. Enjoy yourselves!

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
  • Cruise on the Bosphorus River.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Service of English speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Transfers in private A/C vehicle with experienced driver.
  • Vegetarian meals available.
  • All government applicable taxes and service charges.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out Istanbul.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Turkey Visa Fee.
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