If you're a first time visitor and have a limited information about the city attractions, point of interest and things to do in Istanbul; this travel package is exactly what you're looking for.. Experts at the Precise Tours designed 6 day city break in Istanbul with flexibility of choosing your accommodation standard, mode of transportation and type of tour. You will simply visit to the best Istanbul Highlights such as the Sultanahmet Square, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, Camlica Hill, Buyuk Ada and Princes Islands as well as Cruise on Bosphorus and fun on 1001 nights..
DAY 1: Meet Up at Airport and Arrival Transfer
A guide from Precise Tours will be ready at airport before your arrival in Istanbul and transfer you to the hotel you've booked with this travel package. After checking into your hotel, you're free to explore the city, shop or relax. Overnight.
DAY 2: Full Day Tour to Old City Sultanahmet and Historic Attractions
Early morning meet up at your hotel lobby and go for the basic highlights of the old city, in historic peninsula of Sultanahmet. The first of the seven hills on the promontory has been the most important and dynamic part of the city in all ages. The place where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Guided visit to to Sultanahmet Square, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Covered Bazaar and then have a break for lunch in a charming restaurant. After lunch, we continue with the Topkapi Palace and Little Hagia Sophia Museum. The tour ends around 5.30pm with a transfer back to your hotel. Overnight.
DAY 3: Full Day Tour to Istanbul’s Two Continents and Bosphorus Cruise
Today’s tour with your local guide includes views of the sumptuous palaces of European shore to magnificent views from the Asian side. First we drive to Spice Market passing through Golden Horn, the arm of the Bosporus and a natural harbor of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Istanbul. Then we embark on a ferry for a memorable cruise experience along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. Have a short break for lunch and drive across the Bosphorus Bridge to the Camlica Hill, to get most beautiful view from the highest hill in Istanbul. Later, driving back to the European side of Istanbul and visit to the Dolmabahce Palace, the Imperial Residence of the last six Sultans. Returning back to the hotel at around 6.00pm. Overnight.
DAY 4: Full Day Tour to Istanbul Princes’ Islands
This morning, your guide will take you away from the hustle and bustle of city noise and traffic. S/he will meet up with you and drive to the Eminonu Harbor. Our main destination is Buyukada, the largest of the island chain, but we will pass by four other islands on the way. All are famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation and ornate Ottoman houses, and on all of them cars are banned. The preferred means of transportation is the charming horse-drawn carriage known as the phaeton, which we will use on our circular tour of Buyukada, passing elegant mansions draped in brilliant purple bougainvillea. You will feel as though you have stepped back into a more leisured and gracious age, almost expecting grand 19th century ladies and gentlemen to come strolling down to the waterfront on an afternoon promenade. Lunch will be served at one of the many excellent traditional fish-restaurants on the waterfront, gazing across the water at the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close though it feels worlds away. Evening return to Istanbul at 5.00pm and transfer to the hotel.
DAY 5: Free Day to Relax and Enjoy a Dinner with Show of 1001 Nights
Enjoy your free day and discover more of the city at your own pace. As an insider from the Precise Tours, we suggest a visit to Taksim, a walk on the most crowded Istiklal street and a shopping on local way... So, you can get a clue about how it can receive nearly 2-3 million visitors on a single day. Later, you may take a break at one of the tea gardens in Gulhane Park. The park is amazing place to unwind after a long tiring day of walking and sightseeing. After completing your self-guided discovery, you may get ready for dinner with an unforgettable experience of 1001 Nights and Turkish Show in Istanbul. We will pick you up at around 8.30pm and drop you back just before midnight. Overnight.
DAY 6: Free Time Before Check Out and Return Transfer to Airport
Today your tour ends with a return transfer to airport. You may check out before 12.00pm and leave your stuff at the luggage room if your plane departs later than check out time. We will come to pick you up at least 3 hours before your flight time. We hope you enjoyed touring with Precise Tours, have a safe flight!
Reviewed by Mrs. Emma Rochester from Sydney on 16th Oct 2013
The whole tour was wonderful, I enjoyed it all and don’t think I would change anything.. The package is fabulous for the money. Flexible with accommodation options. The guides are the most pleasant and caring that I have found. I look forward to traveling with Precise Tours again!