The Bosphorus | Istanbul | Turkey
FROM: R8,900 pp

Visit Istanbul - the only city that spans two continents. See the beautiful Blue Mosque and ancient Hagia Sofia, explore opulent Topkapi Palace and test your bartering skills in the Grand Bazaar. 4 days of pure Turkish delight!

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Trip Highlights

Istanbul - Sultanahmet (Old Istanbul) The Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi Palace
Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait
Egyptian Spice Market and the Grand Bazaar
Beyerbeyi Palace and Buyuk Camilica - the city's highest vantage point


3 breakfasts and 2 lunches
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Istanbul Airport
English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide on day 2 and 3
Transportation in a modern air-conditioned vehicle
3 nights 3 star hotel (Upgrade to a 4 or 5 star available upon request)
Guided sightseeing of Istanbul sights* - day 2 and 3, plus a cruise along the Bosphorus. *Please note: Your guided sightseeing may be conducted with other passengers (private touring available upon request at an additional cost)
Relevant transfers and transportation
Entrance fees to all included sites

Not Included

Tipping - an entirely personal gesture
International flights and visa


Day 1


Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul airport and transfer to your hotel in Sultanahmet. Rest of day free.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Old City sights

This morning embark upon a fully guided tour of the only city that spans two continents, Europe and Asia. Before lunch, visit the Hippodrome area - famed as the centre of Byzantine life for 1000 years and of Ottoman life for another 400! Continuing, explore the stunning Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, built by Emperor Justinian. Once a church, then a mosque, today it is a museum. After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, residence of the sultans for almost 4 centuries and finally the Grand Bazaar, (if open) housing some 4000 stalls selling a wide range of goods including gold, carpets, leather, clothing and Turkish handicrafts.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Bazaars & the Bosphorus

Today, visit the Egyptian Spice market (stock up on bargain saffron, spices and Turkish Delight here) before enjoying a cruise on the Bosphorus - the body of water that separates European Istanbul from Asian Istanbul. Later, visit the Beyerbeyi Palace in all its sultanate splendour and take in the stunning views atop the city’s highest point - Buyuk Camlica. Return to your hotel and spend the remains of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4


Arrangements end after breakfast.

General Information

Upgrade your stay! - Our City Of Sultans mini-break includes 3 star accommodation. Consider treating yourself and upgrading to a 4 star or 5 star hotel in Istanbul. Contact our reservations team for more information, cost and availability.

Planning when to travel - Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Please consider this when booking.

Guided touring -Your sightseeing on days 2 and 3 may be conducted with other passengers. Private touring is available upon request for a supplement.

Airport transfers - An airport arrival transfer is included for all flights arriving into Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies to travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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City of Sultans - 4 days

Extra Prices

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City of Sultans 3 star - Pre-Tour Accommodation
City of Sultans 3 star - Post-Tour Accommodation


The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Ramada Old City, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A member of the reputable Ramada chain, the Istanbul Old Town property is modern and comfortable with excellent amenities. Guestrooms are bright and spacious with contemporary amenities. Two restaurants are on offer and our personal favourite is the wonderful roof top restaurant, serving delicious local cuisine coupled with a magnificent view of the City and Sea. The perfect way to end the day. Located very close to the Historical part of the city with major Monuments are all walking distance.

In Brief

Trip Type
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
3, 4 or 5 star
Tour Guide
Yes - for included sightseeing
Breakfast: 3, Lunch: 2
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul

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Had a great tour! Saw everything there was to see! The guides were great.! The only thing slightly negative was while the hotel was was really quite a distance from the main centre. I felt bad the drivers had to go such a long way to retrieve me and bring me back to hotel each time. But the long drive meant I did get to see more of the city!

Janice O'Brien
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