Day 1 Istanbul-Arrival
Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. After check-in and freshening up, you will have some free time to explore the city on your own or rest.
Day 2 Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour
Our staff will pick you up from the hotel after breakfast. We will visit the “Old City,” where you will see historical highlights such as the Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace (the Harem is included). Lunch will be served in a traditional Turkish Group Restaurant (drinks are not included). We will visit Gülhane Park (Refreshment Time) in the early evening. After that, our tour guide will drop you off at your hotel.
Day 3 Full Day Green Bursa Tour
Our staff will pick you up from your hotel. We will visit Bursa city. Enjoy the whole day visiting Uludağ Kayak Merkez, and Bursa Teleferik. Lunch will be in a traditional Turkish restaurant (drinks are extra). After lunch, we will visit the Grand Mosque of Bursa, the Tomb of Osman Gazi, and the city center of Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. At the end of the tour, we will drive back to Istanbul and drop you off at your hotel.
Day 4 Bosphorus & Two Continents Tour
Our staff will pick you up from the hotel after breakfast. We will visit Galata Tower and the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). After visiting Dolmabahçe Palace (Dolmabahçe Saray), lunch will be in a traditional Turkish group restaurant (drinks are extra). In the early evening, we will have the Bosphorus Cruise (You can enjoy the view of Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, Military High School, and Rumeli Fortress from the strait). After that, our tour guide will drop you off at your hotel.
Day 5 Full Day Ephesus Tour
First, we will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a sacred site for Christians and Muslims alike. This small stone house is believed to be where the Virgin Mary spent her last days and is now a place of pilgrimage for many. Then we will drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. We will walk through the well-preserved ruins, including the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the Celsus Library, one of the most impressive buildings in the ancient city. You will also have the opportunity to visit Isa bey mosque which is built in 1375 by Anatolian Seljuks. In between exploring the city, we will take a break for lunch at a local restaurant where you will have the opportunity to try traditional Turkish cuisine. In the evening we will have our flight to Istanbul.
Day 6 Princes Island Tour
Start your day with a pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul and take a ferry to the Prince’s Islands. The ferry ride takes about an hour, and you will be able to enjoy the beautiful views of the city from the sea. Once you arrive on the island, you will be greeted by the charming streets and natural beauty of the island. You can take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque streets and enjoy the local shops and cafes. Lunch will be served at a traditional restaurant on the island, where you will have the opportunity to taste some of the delicious local cuisine. After lunch, you will take a tour of the island by electric vehicle. You will see the beautiful Victorian houses, the old castle, and the famous churches. At the end of the day, you will return to Istanbul by ferry.
Check out from the hotel before 12:00 p.m. Depending on your flight time, we can arrange a pick-up from your hotel and a ride to Istanbul’s airport.