Fly to Istanbul and spend a great day in this fascinating metropolis on the Bosphorus, the only one in the world which is located on two continents. In one day you will see Istanbul’s top tourist attractions, discover its old town, enjoy Bosphorus sightseeing cruise and practice your bargaining skills at the Egyptian Bazaar.
Your tour begins at 3:30am where you will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning for your transfer to Bodrum Milasl Airport.Transfer is available from any hotels in Bodrum, Turgutreis, Gumbet, Bitez, Yalikavak, Turkbuku, Gundogan, Yaliciftlik, Icmeler, Torba, Ortakent.
Once you reach the Airport, you will hop on your 1 hour and 15 minute flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival to Istanbul Airport you will meet your tour guide and will be driven to the old town to start your sightseeing tour.
First you will visit Topkapı Palace - residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting in numerous sections Imperial Treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, Ottoman jewelry, belts and traditional clothes, Chinese porcelain, weapons, etc. Then you will have one hour of free time for a lunch. Istanbul offers many cafes, fast-food takeaways and stylish restaurants with a wide range of tastes. After lunch you are going to visit Hippodrome Square - the sporting (athletics, horse & chariot races) and social (court ceremonies, coronations and parades) centre of Constantinople. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Next place to visit is Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet) located in the center of old city. This historical mosque, unique with 6 minarets, was built in the name of Sultan Ahmet and it is populary known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. Being an active mosque it is closed for tourists for a half an hour during the five daily prayers.
Next stop, you'll be going to visit is the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar. You can practice your bargaining skills there while buying some souvenirs, Turkish delight, spices, etc. Then you'll have a chance to explore Istanbul from the water on a Bosphorus sightseeing cruise (optional for an extra charge).
Before heading back to the airport you will have a little bit of time to have dinner at a local restaurant (extra charge; hot and cold starters, salad, fish/meatballs or chicken, fruits or sweets).
Around 8:00pm you will return to Istanbul Airport for your flight back to Bodrum. Upon arrival in Bodrum, you'll be driven back to your hotel.