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 Egyptian Bazaar.
Leave your hotel early in the morning for the transfer to Antalya International Airport.Transfer is available from any hotels in Antalya Province.
Domestic flight to Istanbul takes 1h 15min. On arrival to Istanbul Airport you will meet a tour guide and drive to the old town to start a 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.
The final stop is a visit to Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar. You can practice your bargaining skills there while buying some souvenirs, Turkish delight, spices, etc.
After this you will get some free time to explore. You will have a chance to explore Istanbul from the water on Bosphorus sightseeing cruise (optional for an extra charge). Before you will go back to the airport you will have a dinner at a local restaurant (extra charge; hot and cold startes, salad, fish/meatballs or chicken, fruits or sweets).
Around 8:00 pm you will return to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and fly back to Antalya. Your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.