Explore Istanbul and its world-known landmarks.
Samyeli Travel prepared a perfect tour with a local guide for people who are arriving in Istanbul three days before their cruising starts. Istanbul & Cappadocia tours are a must-do Turkish experience!
Istanbul & Cappadocia Tour
Places visited : Istanbul
Duration : 3 Nights & 4 Days
General Note = If your group has a particular area of interest (such as Cultural, Historical, Religious or Archaeological) then please let us know and we will do all we can to tailor your tour and guide to this interest.
Day One: Airport Transfer
You will be met by your guide at Istanbul International Airport and transfer to your hotel by private vehicle. Check into your hotel and the rest of the day free to relax.
Day Two: City Tour
After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for your full-day tour of Istanbul and surroundings. We will visit the “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
Then we will visit Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of heodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome. Topkapı Palace The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
Grand Covered Bazaar, Most attractive shopping center and biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel.
Day Three: City Tour
After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby. First we will visit Dolmabahce Palace the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Bophorus Bridge unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.Caffe – Tea break at Camlica Hill exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel. (Optional Bosphorus Cruise)
Day Four: Pier transfer
Enjoy breakfast and a transfer to your ship in the afternoon.
Istanbul & Cappadocia Tour
Pick up from Ataurk Airport,
A/C private transportation,
Breakfast, lunch & dinner where indicated on the itinerary,
Accommodation at your preferred style hotel,
Meals unless stated,
Any Gratuities for Guide & Driver