Istanbul At A Glance / Post (Land Only)
Today, your cruise ship will dock at one of the most important and inspiringly beautiful cities of the world history: Constantinople! Meeting your private guide at Istanbul Port, you will board your luxury van to start your explorations in Istanbul. You will firstly visit the breathtaking Blue Mosque standing in great prestige with its six minarets and perfectly proportioned dome. Continue your morning with the magnificent home of the Ottoman Sultans: Topkapi Palace! Today, you will enjoy an intense tour of the palace going through the corridors and different sections of also the Harem where Sultan lived with his family members. Leaving the Harem through the “Golden Corridor”, you will reach the inner courtyard to see the Treasury that displays exclusive examples of jewelry and accessories which were dressed by the Sultans or were given as gifts to ambassadors. Your next stop is the Basilica of Saint Sophia built by Justinian the Great during 6th century. Adorned with rich mosaic murals and colossal columns, Saint Sophia is a true world heritage that has accommodated various faiths throughout the different periods of history. Later in the afternoon, you will find yourself drifting through one of the earliest shopping malls ever built in history, Grand Bazaar which maintains its charm and volume of business to the modern day with its indoor and outdoor sections. Nuru Osmaniye District (Glamour of the Ottomans) neighbouring the Grand Bazaar was where the Genoese and Venetian merchants had their ware houses to store their inventory of brass, copper, rugs and tiles before they were loaded on the ships to sail to Venice and Genoa. Today, Nuru Osmaniye District is where you can find the most reputable stores with wide collections of jewelry, antiques and oriental rugs. Your guide will drop you off at your hotel at the end of your sightseeing for check-in and relaxation. Overnight in Istanbul.
Our representative will meet you at the lobby of your hotel today to escort you on your private transfer to the international terminal of Istanbul Ataturk Airport and assist you with the check-in procedures to board your international flight and bid farewell to Istanbul.
- One-way escorted private transfer from hotel to Istanbul Airport.
- Services of an English-speaking professional private tour guide for touring.
- Transportation by deluxe A/C non-smoking minivan throughout the program.
- All entrance and parking fees for the sightseeing mentioned in the program.
- Complimentary refreshments throughout the journeys on the vehicle.
- Travel kits with map, guidebook, useful information sheet, stamped postcards and bookmark.
- Meals & Beverages.
- Honorary gratuities for the guide and driver.
- Personal expenses.
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