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Istanbul Highlights

PRIVATE TOUR - 5 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $1876+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Hop between two continents without even leaving the city! Istanbul has land in both Europe and Asia. Take a ferry or cross over the bridge.
  • Haggle over the price of Turkish jewelry, carpets, ceramics, and other goods in the Grand Bazaar.
  • Marvel over the incredible decoration of Topkapi Palace, once home to Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. There are many buildings and courtyards to explore.
  • Cruise the Bosphorus to get the best view of both the European and Asian sides of the city.
  • Explore Sultanahmet Square, where both the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque are located. This section is enriched with so much history and beauty.
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Tour Overview

See the highlights of Istanbul! Visit the only city located on two different continents, making it easy to hop from Europe to Asia without even leaving the city. Start to peal back the layers of this ancient city, once home to the Byzantines and the Ottomans. Marvel over the extravagant Topkapi Palace, once the main residence of Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years. See the Saint Sophia Basilica, also known as the Hagia Sophia, an ancient seat of the Byzantine Church. Enjoy the beauty of the Blue Mosque, still a functioning mosque and one of Istanbul biggest attractions.

Take a trip to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s first and largest covered market. Take time to wander through the many different shops and admire jewelry, carpets, ceramics, water pipes, and other traditional Turkish goods. Haggle over prices to get a true Turkish shopping experience. Also have the chance to visit the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions.

Take a cruise on the Bosphorus, the strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. This unforgettable cruise will give the best panoramic views of both sides of the city. From the boat, see Istanbul’s iconic bridge, many beautiful mosques, and the mansions that once belong to the Ottoman elite.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Pricing Details
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Double £$1875 £$2106 £$2236 £$2963
Single £$2738 £$3134 £$3278 £$4855

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Arrive in Istanbul

Upon arrival into Istanbul, the traveler will be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the hotel.

At night, Be taken to an exclusive night club where to enjoy a spectacular oriental show and a dinner. The party includes belly dancers, folk groups from various regions of Anatolia and Turkish singers and two soft drinks/half a bottle of wine. Transfer back to the hotel at the end of the evening.

Upon arrival into Istanbul, the traveler will be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the hotel.

At night, Be taken to an exclusive night club where to enjoy a spectacular oriental show and a dinner. The party includes belly dancers, folk groups from various regions of Anatolia and Turkish singers and two soft drinks/half a bottle of wine. Transfer back to the hotel at the end of the evening.

Day
2

Explore Sultanahmet

Go on a guided tour exploring the ancient city of Istanbul. The tour includes a visit to the Topkapi Palace, the main residence of Ottoman Sultans. See the Saint Sophia Basilica, an ancient seat of the Byzantine Church. Marvel over the Blue Mosque, still a functioning mosque and one of Istanbul biggest attractions. Walk through the Roman Hippodrome that was once used for chariot races. Finish the day wandering through the seemingly never-ending Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is filled with many small shops offering the best in Turkish goods including jewelry, carpets, and ceramics.

In the evening, go a walking food tour. Start the tour from a Spice Market area learning about spices which dominated Ottoman cuisine. Try sherbet (spice juice), Turkish Delight and nuts. Experience the smells and the colors of Istanbul. Then walk through Galata Bridge to Galata area. Stop to taste ethnic dishes from all regions of Anatolia. Galata district is becoming a cultural center with design shops, cultural designers, wine cellars, and boutique hotels. Taste Turkish coffee cooked on charcoal, maybe a sesame pretzel and roasted chestnuts on the way to Beyoglu. Beyoglu has little labyrinth like streets with hidden tastes of different Greek mezes, Black Sea style Turkish pizza, fried mussels, pickles, tripe soup etc. Conclude the tour with desert, either mastic rice pudding or elastic ice cream or Beyoglu chocolate. Taste all of them if the traveler has a sweet tooth. ...read less

Blue Mosque-Istanbul
Day
3

Bosphorus Cruise and Asian Side

Begin the day with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul's most colorful, bustling attractions. Next, travel through the Golden Horn on the way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From the cruise boat, view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus' wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world's longest and Rumeli Hisar, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans' fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges. Take an afternoon drive to Beylerbeyi Palace on the Asian side of the city. Then drive to Camlica hill. After the tour transfer back to the hotel. ...read less

Bosphorus cruise
Day
4

Princes' Island

Boat trip across the Marmara Sea to Buyukada. A very colorful and charming summer resort, where the beauties of nature and traces of history are harmonized. Have lunch in a local restaurant. After the lunch, take a chariot tour. Use the rest of the time on the island for leisure. Finally take a ferry back to the hotel.

Boat trip across the Marmara Sea to Buyukada. A very colorful and charming summer resort, where the beauties of nature and traces of history are harmonized. Have lunch in a local restaurant. After the lunch, take a chariot tour. Use the rest of the time on the island for leisure. Finally take a ferry back to the hotel.

Bosphorus Cruise-Istanbul
Day
5

Depart Istanbul

At the appropriate time the traveler will be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Istanbul airport for the departing flight.

At the appropriate time the traveler will be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Istanbul airport for the departing flight.

Istanbul, İstanbul, Turkey

Places You'll See

  • Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia-Istanbul

    Istanbul

    Visit the city that has a long, rich history. First known as Byzantium in 660 BC, this city has been home to many different civilizations. Beginning in 330 AD, the city was renamed to Constantinople during the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman empires. After the country’s establishment in 1923, the city was renamed again to Istanbul. The city served a hub for the growth of Christianity until the Ottomans conquered, whose religion was Islam. The city has so many different layers of history, making it an exciting place to explore! The city itself is split by the waters of the Bosphorus strait, onto two different continents, Europe and Asia. This makes it easy to hop from one continent to another without even leaving the city! Istanbul is well known for its landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, the Grand Bazzar, and the popular Turkish hammams(Turkish bath houses). This city has so much to offer!

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Istanbul : Hotel Olimpiyat Istanbul

Istanbul : Erbil Hotel

Istanbul : Golden Crown Hotel

Istanbul : Hotel Nena

Istanbul : Hotel Perula

Istanbul : Orient Express Hotel

4 Star Properties

Istanbul : Kent Hotel Istanbul

Istanbul : Alzer Hotel

Istanbul : Arena Hotel

Istanbul : Best Western Plus The President Hotel

Istanbul : Celal Sultan Hotel

Istanbul : Faros Hotel Old City

Istanbul : Grand Yavuz Hotel

Istanbul : Hotel Beyaz Saray

Istanbul : Hotel Mina

Istanbul : Klas Hotel

Istanbul : Konak Hotel

Istanbul : Levni Hotel

Istanbul : Ramada Old City

Istanbul : Sirkeci Mansion

Istanbul : Sultanahmet Palace Hotel

5 Star Properties

Istanbul : Eresin Crown Hotel Sultanahmet

Istanbul : Novotel Hotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Luxury Properties

Istanbul : Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Istanbul : Grand Hyatt Istanbul

Istanbul : Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Istanbul : Four Seasons Sultanahmet

Istanbul : Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Pera

Istanbul : Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Sisli

Istanbul : Pera Palace

Istanbul : Shangri-La Bosphorus

Istanbul : Swissotel The Bosphorus

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