During your stay in Istanbul discover the best of Istanbul and Bursa. Start in the ancient city of Istanbul, located at the crossroads between Asia and Europe. There, see the major sights such as the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Camlica Hill, Princess Island, as well as take a cruise along the Bosphorus, the straits which divide two continents. Day trip to Bursa, where you will explore the Green Mosque as well as ascend Mount Uludag. Discover the first capital of the Ottoman Empire on the 8-Day Istanbul and Bursa Tour Package. We also specialise in creating tailor made Istanbul and Turkey Tours to your individual requirements and interests, ensuring that your holiday is exactly the way you want. Please contact with us to start discussing your holiday plans for Turkey.
Arrival to Istanbul and transfer to your central Istanbul hotel. After checking in, the day is yours to spend at leisure .
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a full-day guided tour of Istanbul by comfortable minibus, taking in the highlights of the old Sultanahmet district. We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child.
Next we visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive.
Explore the labyrinth of streets at the Grand Bazaar. One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, you will discover more then 4,000 shops, with a dedicated area for each trade. Walk along alleys full of goldsmiths, carpet sellers, and arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware, and meerschaum pipes.
After lunch break we begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. Next, we travel the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, 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. Return to your hotel, where the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.
After breakfast we begin our tour at Topkapi Palace , which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapi Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapi Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire.
After lunch break we begin by driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge, which for a time was the world’s longest suspension bridge, and head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Islands. From here a short drive brings us to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus. Perhaps the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces, Beylerbeyi boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls with Bohemian crystal chandeliers and Sèvres and Chinese vases, including a main salon with an indoor fountain. The sultans’ guests at the palace included Empress Eugénie of France, Shah Nasruddin of Persia and Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia. Return to your hotel, where the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.
After breakfast proceed to full day Princess Island tour. Princes Island Tour in Istanbul is the escape to nature. You will enjoy while you are sailing in the Marmara Sea to the Princes Island.
There is no better way to escape the bustle of Istanbul for a day than with a visit to the idyllic Princes’ Islands. Enjoy cool breezes and charming sights along the way to Buyukada, the largest Island in the chain. Famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation, and ornate Ottoman houses, all the islands are unspoiled by traffic. Instead of cars there are carriages, called phaetons, which we will use to tour the island and its beautiful scenery studded with elegant mansions draped with purple bougainvillea, reminiscent of a more leisured and graceful era. We will enjoy your lunch at the best of one of the many excellent fresh fish restaurants that line the waterfront, gazing across the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close – though it feels worlds away. Return to your hotel, where the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Breakfast at hotel . You may have relax at your hotel or discover the city by yourself.
Explore the first capital of the Ottoman Empire on a private full-day tour of Bursa from Istanbul. Following a pick-up from your hotel transfer to the port to catch a ferry to Yalova. Cross the Sea of Marmara. Then, relax in air-conditioned comfort on the 2-hour drive to Bursa. Upon arrival to Bursa, there will be visiting the Coverd Bazaar that you can shop there after having information from the guide and then continue to visit Ulu Camii (Great Mosque). Explore Koza Han in the heart of the old Silk Market and learn about Bursa’s thriving silk trade during the Ottoman era. Although it’s now a tea house, the building retains its historical allure. Hear how Bursa marked the end of the ancient Silk Road, and how the city was once home to countless artisans who produced kaftans and soft furnishings for the Turkish sultans.
Afterwards drive up to Uludag (Olympos Mountain) by Cable Car. You are able to have barbecue lunch in mountain or enjoy some free time to enjoy an ATV safari.
After all drive to ferry port to Yalova to take ferry to Istanbul and return to Istanbul in the evening,
Breakfast at hotel . You may have relax at your hotel or discover the city by yourself. Istanbul is not only famous for historical and cultural sights, its also well know for its fantastic shopping opportunities. You may prefer to make some shopping to your individual needs before your departure.
After breakfast, the morning is yours to spend as you wish in Istanbul – perhaps shopping for souvenirs or sightseeing independently. According to your departure flight schedule you will transfer to the airport.
Accommodations as per the itinerary 4*, 5*, Design Boutique or Special Category Hotels on your request basis. We can accommodate travellers of all needs and interests according to location, group size and budget. Our specially-selected accommodations in Turkey include 4*, 5*, Luxury Hotels, Design Boutique Hotels and more. We aim to provide the best accommodation available in each destination.
From € 659.- Per Person in a double or twin room
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