Day 1 - Thursday
Arrive Istanbul Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, meet and greet by a fully qualified English speaking tour guide, followed by a direct transfer to the respective hotel by A/C minibus with baggage and guide on board.
Dinner at Meze by Lemon Tree
If you want to skip the clichés and instead experience an authentic Istanbul Meyhane then head to Meze by Lemon Tree. Situated directly across from the historic Pera Palace Hotel, the creative cuisine, cozy atmosphere and multilingual staff will make you feel simply a “MEZE’ing.
Day 2 - Friday
Departure to the old city and visit of Topkapi Palace; served for more than four centuries as the imperial residence of the Ottoman household, including 24 Sultans in total. Abandoned as the imperial residence in 1853, in 1924 it was converted into a museum. It now houses an extraordinary collection of imperial treasures, including priceless porcelain, jewels, armory, costumes, miniatures, calligraphy, and other precious objects and works of art.
Proceed to the world famous Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarsı) is, owing to its architecture, history, location, and sheer variety of merchandise, one of Istanbul's most significant tourist sites. The Bazaar has eight different entrances, each of them facing one of the city's most important historic monuments. These include Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Çemberlitaş, the Beyazit Complex, Istanbul University and the Second Hand Book Bazaar. Built at the command of Sultan Mehmed the, Conqueror in 1461, the Bazaar initially consisted of just two warehouses (bedesten). In time, merchants began to set up their own stalls and workshops in the surrounding area.
Lunch will be served at Nar Lokantasi:
Nar Restaurant offers a menu of dishes representing traditional and historical Turkish cuisine, ranging from palace dishes to regional specialties.
Remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
Dinner at Nomads
Authentic Arabic meals are presented also with the effects of the Western world. Your delight increases with amazing tasted. So Nomads promises a perfect banquet with its unique menu. Plenty of mint, parsley, coriander, kermula (Moroccan spice) and tarragon is used in the meals. The entire menu is made of diligently chosen freshest materials. Nomads set your table with various cold appetizers, warm starters, main dishes and desserts which are more delicious than each other. When appetizers come together they form a small Arabic meal. Appetizers are offered in wide round copper trays with Lebanese and Iraq breads.
There is a DJ cabin in Nomads’s domed room. As appropriate to the Eastern style there s an exotic, slow and high rhythm Arabic music with a Western effect. Belly dancers, singers and surprise performances in Nomads also worth seeing.
Day 3 - Saturday
Late morning departure from the hotel.
Embark private boat for cruise along Bosphorus for 2 hours, viewing the beauty of the European and Asian shorelines on either side. You will have a chance to explore both the European and Asian shores of the Bosphorus, passing beautiful 19 and 20 Century wooden houses and villas overhanging the banks of the strait. From your comfortable vantage point, palaces, castles, small fishing villages and forests of cypress, pine and magnolia trees are visible. Pass by the Kuleli Military Academy of the Army, Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses.
Disembark from the boat and enjoy light lunch at House Café Ortakoy.
After lunch spend some time at Ortakoy region return back to the hotel. A Bosphorus village of Ortakoy was a popular summer resort in the 19th century. Today’s Ortakoy is part of metropolitan Istanbul a fashionable place to live, winter or summer. This warren of little streets between the shore road and the Ortaköy Mosque is a popular district for artists and students. Along the shore, open-air cafés are crowded in good weather with people of all ages who've come to enjoy the sun, the view, and conversation.
Dinner own arrangements.
Day 4 - Sunday
Departure to the old city. First visit at Hippodrome Square; constructed for the Roman chariot races, it was the centre for civil events and witnessed man victories and riots. Beautified with the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine and Constantine columns. Continue to Blue Mosque; a name given by the visitors fascinated by interior decoration of the mosque. Istanbul’s best-known mosque complex from 1616.
Final visit at Hagia Sophia; the church of “Divine Wisdom”. Justinian built this masterpiece of Byzantine architecture in 6th century as a church. It is converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Today it serves as a museum with the unique examples of two religions together.
Walk to the Hurrem Sultan Bath; The Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam in Istanbul was designed and built by Mimar Sinan, the chief Ottoman architect. It was built at the request of Hurrem Sultan (Roxelana), the wife of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century (1556-1557 AD). Turkish bath located between Hagia Sophia Museum and Blue Mosque in Istanbul was built by Mimar Sinan by order of Hurrem Sultan, wife of Suleyman the Magnificent, near Hagia Sophia in 16. century (1556 – 1557), at the location of historical Zeuksippos Baths that was destroyed in 532 year completely. Building is in shape of classical period Ottoman baths and is a kind of double bath with 75m length. Women and men sections were built on the same axis in this bath for the first time, which was a new thing in Turkish Bath architecture.
Treatment duration: 35 minutes
Lunch will be served at Hamdi Kebab Restaurant; specializes in south eastern Turkish cuisine and is known for its spectacular views over the Galata Bridge, Golden Horn and Marmara Sea. The origins of Hamdi Restaurant date back to the 1960’s, when a young man, Hamdi Arpaci, arrived in Istanbul from the city of Urfa and opened a modest kebab stand in an Eminonu parking lot. Things have changed dramatically for Hamdi since then, and his premises now boast five floors and 105 staff.
This well known and busy kebab house is popular with tour groups and businessmen due to its large capacity and panoramic views. The restaurant churns out in all its efficiency a variety of classic meze dishes, Turkish kebabs and sweets- including its own homemade baklava- at moderate prices.
Walk through Galata Bridge and enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee in one of the local cafes at Karakoy region.
Dinner will be served at Vogue Restaurant
Vogue has been placed at the top floor of Besiktas Plaza, one of the most favorite restaurant & bar in Istanbul since the day it was opened in June 1997. Vogue Restaurant & Bar is one of the best and most convenient meeting point in Istanbul with its wide selection of delicious menu, immaculate service, and central location. It is a great pleasure to eat in the distinguished environment of Vogue which is surrounded with the Bosphorus view. The sushi bar with its wide selection alternatives and tastes is the most preferred in Istanbul. The Chef presents selections from the World and Mediterranean cuisines with appetizing and delicious dishes.
Day 5 - Monday
Due to the flight departure time transfer to the airport. End of our services.