White Marble mosques. Middle eastern exotic vacations. Explore Istanbul.
4D3N ULTIMATE ISTANBUL ADVENTURE
SDG2,500 to 3,000
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ARRIVAL AT CONSTANIOPOLE HOTEL
Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque: set across from each other, these are your first stops.My ideal day there hits all the major sights, which can be quite a sprint, so take time for coffee, tea, and plenty of Turkish delight along the way.
In the immediate vicinity, the ancient Hippodrome (which takes a bit of imagination as sadly only three decorative columns are still standing), and Basilica Cistern (straight from a scene out of James Bond’s From Russia With Love), are must-see sights as well.
Back on your feet, head to Topkapı Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans until they built Dolmabahçe (DOAL-mah-bah-chay) palace at the end of the empire.Don’t miss the exquisite tile work in the sultan’s chambers or the outrageous collection of jewels from around the empire.
Get a glimpse of the modern side of Istanbul and stop on Nuruosmaniye Sokak, a walking street near the Grand Bazaar with a mix local and international stores and cafes. The cream of the crop is Armaggan, a palace of its own, featuring modern takes on Ottoman designs.