Wonders of Istanbul:1,2,3 Day

Start/End : Hotel or Port

Duration : 1-2-3 Day

Highlights : Istanbul Old City Tour - Bosphorus Region Tour - Golden Horn Tour

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The only city in the world to span two continents, Istanbul is a fascinating metropolis that has long entranced travelers as a bridge between Europe and Asia, Occident and Orient. Serving as a capital for the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul boasts thousands of cultural sites dating from the sixth millennium BCE to the present day. Istanbul endures as the cosmopolitan heart of the Republic of Turkey, its financial center, cultural hub, and most populous city.

Attractions to explore:

Day 1: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar

Day 2: Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Market, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Cicek Passage, Galata Tower (from outside)

Day 3: Suleymaniye Mosque, Fener and Balat Districts, Saint Stephen’s Church, Pierre Lotti Panoramic Hill (or alternative options)


You will meet with your guide at hotel lobby or cruise port and start your Istanbul Classic Old City Tour;

The Hagia Sophia (the Church of “Holy Wisdom”) was originally constructed as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, after the Ottoman conquer of Istanbul in 1453, cathedral was converted into a mosque. The building is known for its impressive dome and intricate mosaic decorations and is an important example of Byzantine architecture. It has a long history and has played a significant role in the cultural and political life of Istanbul.

The Topkapi Palace was the primary residence and administrative headquarter of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years. The palace is known for its elaborate and ornate architecture, which reflects a blend of Ottoman, Islamic, and Byzantine styles. It is situated on a hill overlooking the Bosphorus Strait and the Sea of Marmara and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and pavillons. The palace complex is made up of several buildings, including the Harem, the Treasury, the Holy Relics and the Imperial Council chambers.

The Roman Hippodrome of Istanbul is a historic chariot racing stadium that was built in the 4th century AD by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. It was a major center of entertainment in the city and could hold up to 100,000 spectators. The hippodrome was also used for other public events, such as parades, ceremonies, and executions.Today, only a small portion of the original hippodrome remains, including the obelisk of Egypt and the Serpent Column from Delphi.

The Basilica Cistern was built in the 6th century AD by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I to provide a water supply for the city. The cistern is an impressive feat of engineering, measuring over 100 meters long and 50 meters wide, and is supported by 336 columns arranged in 12 rows. The columns are adorned with intricate carvings and many are topped with capitals from other ancient buildings. The cistern is filled with water and is illuminated by soft lighting, which creates a unique and atmospheric environment.

The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, was built in the early 17th century and is an important example of Ottoman architecture. The mosque is named for the blue tiles that adorn its interior walls and is known for its six minarets and grand dome. The interior of the mosque is adorned with intricate patterns and designs and is lit by more than 200 stained-glass windows.

The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with over 60 streets and thousands of shops. The bazaar is known for its colorful and vibrant atmosphere. It is a major center of trade in Istanbul and is a great place to find a wide variety of goods, including textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and spices.

Once you complete your private tour end of day, then your private guide can accompany you on the way back to your hotel or port.

Note: This tour will be operated as walking tour because the sites are closer to each other. But if your hotel is not centrally located, booking a private van is recommended from and back to your hotel or port.

You will meet with your guide at hotel's lobby or cruise port. Then you will start your Istanbul Bosphorus Region Tour;

The Spice Market, also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, is a historic market located on the Golden Horn, a natural harbor at Europe side of Istanbul. The Spice Market is a covered market with over 80 stalls selling a wide variety of goods, including spices, dried fruits, nuts, and other food items. It is also known for its colorful and fragrant atmosphere and is a great place to experience the flavors and scents of the Middle East.

The Bosphorus Cruise is a great way to see both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. The cruise is operated with a public ferry and takes you along the coastline, where you can see a variety of landmarks and attractions, including the Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Rumeli and Anatolia Fortresses, Ottoman pavilions, bridges, and many mosques. If you prefer a more private experience, you can also opt for a Bosphorus Cruise on a private yacht.

The Dolmabahce Palace was built in the mid-19th century as the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans. The palace is known for its elaborate and ornate design, which features a blend of Turkish, European styles. It is known for its opulent interiors, which are adorned with marble, gold, and crystal. The father of Turks, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk died in Dolmabahce Palace on 10th November 1938.

The Taksim Square is a major public square and a hub of activity in the city. İstiklal Street runs from Taksim Square to the historic district of Beyoğlu. It is one of the busiest and most vibrant streets in Istanbul and is a popular destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The street is known for its historic architecture, including 19th-century mansions and embassies. Cicek Passage is a great place to experience the culture and energy of Istanbul.

End of the tour, your private guide can drop you off back to hotel or port.

Note: We can suggest you to book private vehicle for this day. Transportation may required between sites. Please request more details about transportation options.

You will meet with your guide at hotel's lobby or cruise port. Then you will start your Istanbul Golden Horn Tour;

The Süleymaniye Mosque was built in the 16th century by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and is considered one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture in the city. The mosque is situated on a hill overlooking the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus, and its four minarets are a prominent feature of the Istanbul skyline.

The Fener District situated on the European side of the city, on the shores of the Golden Horn. The neighborhood is known for its historical and cultural significance, as well as its lively atmosphere and vibrant streets. The Fener is home to several important landmarks, including the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George, the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the spiritual leader of the worldwide Orthodox Christian community.

The Balat District is known for its rich history and cultural significance. It was once a thriving center of Jewish life in Istanbul, and it is home to several important historical landmarks, including the Ahrida Synagogue and the Balat Jewish Museum. The neighborhood is also known for its vibrant streets and lively atmosphere.

St. Stephen's Church is a Bulgarian Orthodox church located in the neighborhood of Balat in Istanbul, Turkey. The church was built in the 19th century, and it is known for its distinctive architectural style, which combines elements of Byzantine and Bulgarian design. The church is decorated with beautiful frescoes and icons.

The Pierre Loti Hill is named after the French writer and naval officer Pierre Loti, who was known for his love of the city and his writings about it. The hill offers panoramic views of the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus Strait, and the city skyline. The cable car ride to the top of the hill is a popular tourist activity, and it offers a unique and scenic way to experience the city.

Alternative sites to explore: Istanbul Archaeological Museum or Kadikoy Neighborhood by public ferry 

End of tour, your private guide can drop you off back to your hotel or port.

Note: We can suggest you to book private vehicle for this day. Transportation may required between sites. Please request more details about transportation options.

If you are looking for an additional days or personalized Istanbul program. Please contact with us.

Included activities

Private Tour
Professional Tour Guide

Museum/Entrances Tickets
Lunch, Drinks, Personal expenses
Transportation (unless option booked)
Tips to guide & driver (recommended)