Discover the highlights of Istanbul's historic center, Old City, and then enjoy a Bosphorus cruise. You'll see the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, and take a cruise along the Bosphorus Strait where Europe meets Asia, either by public ferry or your own private yacht.
Your private guide will meet you at your hotel or port and accompany you to Sultanahmet where your Istanbul walking tour begins. Distances are small in Istanbul's historic center, so this is not a strenuous tour.
You'll start at the dazzling Hagia Sophia, where Christian and Islamic influences merge in almost perfect harmony. Marvel at the towering dome and opulent mosaics of this piece of Byzantine art.
Next, step forward to another beauty from the Ottoman era as you pass gardens, and pavilions of Blue Mosque, in which you will be amazed with thousands of blue handmade tiles.
When you're ready to break for lunch, just ask your guide to recommend a restaurant: They will help you navigate the whole repertoire of Turkey's wonderful cuisine.
After lunch, it's time to shop. Head to the iconic Grand Bazaar, with its welter of stalls and shops, and perhaps try your luck at purchasing jewelry, carpets, or smaller souvenirs. Soak up the atmosphere and the rich scent of exotic spices at the Spice Market, and shop for specialties like Turkish delight and flower teas.
Next, stroll down to the Bosphorus to cruise the space that divides Europe and Asia. You can either opt to take the public ferry and buy tickets on the spot, or upgrade for a private yacht exclusively for you and your group (cost included in tour price). Whichever option you choose, your guide will point out landmarks from the Galata Tower and Dolmabahce Palace to old Ottoman-era villas, Bosphorus bridges, and historic mosques.
After the boat ride, your tour will finish. Your guide will be happy to recommend a restaurant for an early dinner, provide directions back to your hotel, or help you secure a taxi to the cruise port or elsewhere.