Great Fortune Hotel
Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman- era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.
On your arrival in Istanbul our representative welcome you and Transfer to Hotel. Post check in, relax. The day is all yours for leisure. Note : We suggest you freshen up and go out to a local cafe for lunch, stroll through the markets and explore your hotel’s surroundings in a slow pace.
After Breakfast visit Hippodrome, and The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts. Later visit the Blue Mosque and behold the intricate artistry in ceramic tiles of the structure. Of Course, the highlight of the day is Hagia Sophia, a museum which has served as a church and mosque in the olden era. Right from the exterior to every corner of this monument will have your jaws drop with all the beauty it flaunts. Grand Bazaar is up next, even though you’re not a shopaholic this is a lovely place to witness the essence of Turkish art and interact with friendly locals. There are as much as 4000 shops in this covered complex, selling everything from jewellry to spices, and textiles. Now that you must be tired and hungry post all the sightseeing, have lunch (On Direct Payment) in a Turkish restaurant. Then, visit the Topkapi Palace, the former government seat of the Ottomans. The views of Sea of Marmara, The Bosphorus and the Golden Horn from this point make for an envy-sparking instagram post! Return to the hotel for a break and get ready for Bosphorus cruise. Relish Turkish and international delicacies as you cruise past some of the best Turkey sightseeing attractions like the Hagia Sophia itself. Not just that there will be a lot to entertainment onboard the cruise too. Return to the hotel late if you please and stay overnight.
Have your breakfast and you’re free till afternoon. Later, visit the recent residence of Ottoman rulers, Dolmabahce Palace. Spanning over a massive area, this structure has also served as a significant admin center for the Ottomans back in the erstwhile era. This 19th century landmark was built in Turkish Renaissance style of architecture. When ambling across, you will come across some ancient European masterpieces, Turkish baths, and a grand chandelier. Once done with that, experience what it feels like be in the middle of two continents (Europe and Asia) at the same time, as you drive through the Bosphorus Bridge. On reaching Camlica Hill, behold city’s panoramic views, something that will be in your beautiful memories all your life. Later, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Post sumptuous breakfast, get ready to dive deep into the Turkish history, as you visit Balat. From here enjoy the views of Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, and Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim). You will also drive past the Golden Horn, a natural harbor connecting the old and new city of Istanbul. Return to the hotel, pack your bags, check out and let the tour representative transfer you to the airport, so you can catch your homebound flight.