Tour overviewWelcome to our exquisite “Turkish Holiday,” a luxurious getaway to explore the rich history and culture of Istanbul, Turkey’s fascinating metropolis. Indulge in a carefully curated itinerary that showcases the best of Istanbul’s historic landmarks, culinary delights, and wealthy experiences. Your journey begins with a seamless arrival and transfers to a luxurious hotel in the heart of Istanbul’s historic district. Enjoy the iconic sights surrounding you, including the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Topkapi Palace, all within walking distance from your accommodation. Embark on a guided tour of Istanbul’s UNESCO World Heritage Old City, where you’ll immerse yourself in the history of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Explore the magnificent Hagia Sophia, the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque, and the opulent Topkapi Palace, home to Ottoman sultans for centuries. Relax with a traditional Turkish bath (hammam) experience, a luxurious spa treatment that has been a Turkish tradition for ages, rejuvenating both body and soul. Savor the culinary delights of Istanbul with exquisite dining experiences at fine restaurants, indulging in authentic Turkish cuisine prepared by renowned local chefs. Delight your senses with the exotic flavors and aromas of the Spice Bazaar, where you can sample and purchase premium teas, spices, sweets, and more. Experience the enchanting beauty of the Bosphorus Strait with a private luxury yacht cruise, admiring Istanbul’s stunning waterfront palaces, historical landmarks, and bustling neighborhoods from the comfort of your own yacht. Cross the Bosphorus Bridge to explore the Asian side of Istanbul, known for its vibrant markets, trendy cafes, and local life. Unwind with leisurely beach time or pamper yourself with spa treatments on the Princes’ Islands, a serene escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Delve into the opulence of the Ottoman Empire with visits to the Dolmabahce Palace and the Istanbul Archaeological Museums, followed by a private Ottoman Empire-themed lunch at a historic restaurant, complete with traditional music and performances. As a luxury travel and concierge company, we ensure that every detail of your “Turkish Holiday” is perfectly tailored. With our personalized service, you’ll enjoy seamless transfers, luxurious accommodations, exclusive experiences, and exceptional dining, with an unforgettable journey through Istanbul’s history, culture, and gastronomy. Discover the allure of Istanbul in true luxury and style with our “Turkish Holiday” package.
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Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to a luxurious hotel in the heart of the historic district. Enjoy a leisurely evening to rest and recover from your journey, or stroll to iconic landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque.
Enjoy a welcome dinner at a fine dining restaurant, experiencing Turkish cuisine at its finest.
Day 2: Old City Tour
Begin your day with a guided tour of Istanbul's Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture that has served as a church, mosque, and museum throughout history. Visit the Blue Mosque, known for its stunning blue tile work and grandeur. Explore the Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman sultans, which houses an impressive collection of treasures from the Ottoman Empire. Relax with a traditional Turkish bath (hammam) experience, a rejuvenating spa treatment that has been a part of Turkish culture for centuries.
Dinner at a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the city.
Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Bazaar
Embark on a private luxury yacht for a Bosphorus cruise, sailing along the scenic strait that separates Europe and Asia. Enjoy stunning views of Istanbul's waterfront palaces, historical landmarks, and bustling neighborhoods from the comfort of your yacht. Disembark at the Spice Bazaar, a vibrant market filled with exotic spices, teas, sweets, and local delicacies. Explore the colorful stalls and interact with local merchants.
Return to your hotel for a leisurely evening at your own pace, or opt for an optional Turkish cooking class to learn how to prepare traditional Turkish dishes.
Day 4: Istanbul Modern Art and Grand Bazaar
Visit the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, one of Turkey's leading contemporary art museums, showcasing the work of Turkish and international artists. Explore the trendy neighborhood of Karakoy, known for its vibrant street art, trendy cafes, and boutique shops. Enjoy lunch at a chic restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus.
Visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets, with thousands of shops selling various goods, including textiles, carpets, jewelry, spices, and more.
End the day with a private luxury sunset cruise on the Bosphorus, sipping champagne as you take in the breathtaking views of Istanbul's skyline.
Day 5: Bosphorus Bridge and Asian Side
Start your day with a visit to the Bosphorus Bridge, an iconic landmark that connects Europe and Asia. Cross the bridge to the Asian side of Istanbul and explore the Kadikoy neighborhood, known for its local markets, cafes, and vibrant street life. Visit the Moda neighborhood, with its beautiful waterfront park and stunning views of the Bosphorus.
Enjoy a private gourmet picnic at a scenic spot overlooking the Bosphorus, prepared by a renowned local chef.
Return to the European side and indulge in a traditional Turkish dinner at a renowned restaurant.
Day 6: Princes' Islands
Embark on a private yacht for a day trip to the Princes' Islands, a group of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara. Explore the largest island, Buyukada, known for its historic mansions, lush greenery, and horse-drawn carriages. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride or a horse-drawn carriage tour around the island, enjoying the serene beauty and fresh sea air. Visit the Aya Yorgi Church, perched on a hilltop and offering panoramic views of the Marmara Sea.
Indulge in a seafood lunch at a local restaurant, followed by leisurely beach time or relaxation at a luxury spa on the island. Return to Istanbul in the evening and enjoy a farewell dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant, savoring the finest Turkish and international cuisines.
Day 7: Ottoman Empire Experience
Begin your day with a visit to the Dolmabahce Palace, a grandiose Ottoman palace located on the European shores of the Bosphorus. Explore the lavish interior adorned with crystal chandeliers, marble staircases, and intricate artwork, and learn about the opulent lifestyle of the Ottoman sultans. Visit the Istanbul Archaeological Museums, a complex of three museums that houses a vast collection of artifacts from various periods of Turkish history, including the famous Alexander Sarcophagus.
Enjoy a private Ottoman Empire-themed lunch at a historic restaurant, with traditional music and performances, providing an immersive experience of the rich cultural heritage of the Ottoman Empire. In the evening, indulge in a private sunset cruise on a traditional Turkish gulet, sailing along the Bosphorus while sipping Turkish tea and enjoying the panoramic views of Istanbul's landmarks illuminated at night.
Day 8: Departure
Enjoy your last morning in Istanbul with a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. Take some time for last-minute shopping or relaxation before checking out. Transfer to the airport for your departure, taking with you unforgettable memories of Istanbul's rich history, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality.
*This itinerary can be customized to suit your preferences and interests. As a luxury travel and concierge company, we can tailor every aspect of your trip to ensure a truly unforgettable experience in Historic Istanbul.