8 day Istanbul Highlights

  • Istanbul Highlights 8 Day Tour
  • Istanbul Highlights 8 Day Tour
  • Istanbul Highlights 8 Day Tour
  • Istanbul Highlights 8 Day Tour

Istanbul Highlights 8 Day Tour

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A tour that shows the best of Istanbul’s varied and fascinating history. You will tour in the city visiting some of the icons of Istanbul’s history, including Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. You will cruise the cities famous river, The Bosphorus, taking in all the different locations from a totally new angle. There will be excursions outside the city of Istanbul, however, they are part of the region and have their own fascinating histories. Princess island is a small island off the shore of Istanbul that used to be the destination of exiled royalty members. Bursa City is famous for being a 'green' city, during the Ottoman era a mosque was built and decorated in unique green tiles since the city has kept this colouration.

Your tour is not all history and sightseeing, you have the time to enjoy a Turkish water park just outside Istanbul. Here you have free time to try different water rides as well as other activities. Your final tour will take you on a natural adventure to the regions of Sapanca and Masukiye. Here there is only a small amount of human alteration and the hiking paths will leave you speechless in the natural wonder.


Welcome to Turkey!

You will be Greeted at the airport and our transfer will take you to your hotel.


Today you will be visiting the most iconic landmarks in the old city of Istanbul. Topkapi Palace is a famous destination, and iconic for the history of Turkey. This palace was the administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 400 years, which was one of the furthest reaching empires in the world.

Aya Sofya, Hagia Sophia, has been well knowing and used by both Christian and Muslims. Originally it was built as a Byzantium church, however, when the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople they repurposed it to a mosque. To make it fit with the traditional mosque the Sultan order four minarets and a dome added, although this done is unusual due to it standing on squared off pillars to distribute weight evenly. 

The Blue Mosque is both an active place of worship and a beautiful tourist destination. Being larger than most mosques it has six minarets and a series of domes which highlights the difference between modern and classical mosque styles. Outside in an open park, you will find Obelisks marking an area that was once a Hippodrome where the Byzantine people would have held competitions, primarily chariot races.

The Grand Bazaar is a must-see for a traditional Turkish market shopping, with 4399 shops, 2195 stalls, 497 workshops and 18 fountains it offers something for everyone to find.


Today you will cruise the Bosphorus.

The Bosphorus River, unique to be the crossing point of two continents within a singular city. This river sails past some of the most iconic and beautiful landmarks.

Rumeli Fortress was built by Mehmet the II while he prepared to besiege Constantinople, what makes this even more impressive is that it was built in four months by 3000 labourers and stone masons. Now its crenulated walls now are a popular photo opportunity. Dolmabahce Palace was built 1611-1614, previously to the modern build there was a timber palace called ‘the Besiktas palace’. The modern palace was built after a fire destroyed the previous one and it was deemed a good location to the city with river views.

The Spice Bazaar is a wonder to all of the senses when you enter the hub of noise or people bartering back and forth is astounding, followed by the smells of commonplace and exotic spices are enticing. Usually, there is a small cafe serving traditional Turkish tea and coffee.
Pierre loti hill offers a panoramic view of Istanbul, take the cable car to the top of the hill and gaze into the distance at places like the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, Historical Peninsula and islands.

The Bosphorus bridge, known as Ataturk Bridge, is one of many bridges linking the Asian and European continents. However, this bridge is also special due to it being the 4th largest in Europe and the 7th in the world.


Today you will visit the Princess Islands a tour their beauty.

Princess Islands offer an unusual way to tour some of the sites, while also offering beautiful scenery all around. You will see the enduring Church of St. George, Aya Yorgi in Turkish. This church was badly damaged in 1941 but was restoration began in 1989 and was reopened in 1991 and now offers Sunday mass but is also open to visitors every day. You will also see the Agios Dimitrios Church, and the Hamidiye mosque.

This island has a unique form of transport for sightseeing, horse-drawn carriage. In the afternoon the carriages take you on a tour of the island, allowing for a relaxing a traditional way of seeing the sights.


Today your holiday takes you to the historical city of Bursa.

Your day will begin with a ferry to Yalova and continues to the City of Bursa by luxury coach. The city of Bursa was the first capital the Ottoman empire had. Here you will see sights which have aided give the name ‘Green Bursa’ to the city. The Green Mosque was built by Sultan Mehmet I he commissioned a green decorative mosque which master artisans were brought in to do details such as the handcrafted and decorated tiles. His Successor Mehmet II built a Green Mausoleum in keeping with his predecessor’s ideas and created one of the most ornate tombs.

Koza Han is a small market that is famous for being part of the Silk Road markets. Here they took and made silk items that were sold in the shops within. Modern times still sees some of these silk shops in operation but few than in the past, the central square is an ideal place to get a feeling for local life.

A tour is not complete without a breathtaking view, and Bursa does not disappoint. A leisurely cable car ride up the slopes of the local Mt Uludag offers views of the whole city as well as the surrounding area.


Today is a fun-filled day at Vialand Theme park.

During a holiday everyone needs a chance to sit back and have some fun, at Vialand Theme park you can enjoy over 50 amusement activities, including attraction such as Viking, Crazy River and Dungeon. They also have a shopping area with about 250 shop and boutique choices to enjoy a full day of fun. 


Today you will get a chance to get away from the big lights of the city by visiting Sapanca and Masukiye.

Today is all about enjoying the fresh air and nature. Sapanca Lake offers scenic tours in a stunning landscape between Adapazarai Meadow and the Gulf of Izmit, with mountains all around offer a quiet retreat from the busy city. The lakeside is one of the favourite walking paths for people coming from Istanbul.

Darica Zoo is Istanbul's biggest zoo with almost 200 different species of animals and thousands of plant species. Here you will see mammals, reptiles as well as around 19 different fish species. There are also over 100 types of birds, offering the largest collection of animals in Istanbul in one place.

Masukiye village has become famous for its location and its food, with traditional wholes food, with the chance to eat under a waterfall surrounded by picturesque mountains there is nowhere else like it on the tour. Kartepe Mountain offers wonderful hiking and photo opportunity as you walk you will have an outstanding view of the Sapanca lake below.


Today you will be returned to the airport as your adventure of Istanbul has come to an end. We hope you have enjoyed the experience and wish to travel with us again.

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STANDARD: Standard style accommodation in Turkey is your where you will find basic style guesthouses and/or hostels that have a variety of private rooms and some dorm rooms. The rooms will be clean but basic with no extras found within. Most standard style accommodation options would be 1-2 star equivalent.
Type of accommodations at this range: Guesthouse, Boutique guesthouse, Hostels, 1* and 2* Hotels.

TOP END: Top End style accommodation in Turkey is where you will find 3-5 star equivalent. Here you will get a mix of larger style hotel rooms to smaller boutique places that will have clean, comfortable rooms with a little extra.
Type of accommodations at this range: Boutique Hotels, 3*, 4* and 5* Hotels.

PREMIUM: Premium Luxury accommodation in Turkey is your 5 star and similar hotels. This can include your large chain hotels and you will also find a variety of smaller locally run Luxury Boutique places that are full of charm and worth the extra dollar.
Type of accommodations at this range: Premium Boutique +4* and +5* Hotels.

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Departure Info
  • Tour Duration
    8 Days
  • Departing Cities
  • Returning Options
  • Departure days
    Every day
Essential Info
  • Pick-up Time
    To be confirmed
  • Tour Type(s)
    Private Tour
  • Language(s)
    English, Spanish
  • Tour Range(s)
  • Tour bus, Private transfer, Cruise boat
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