Check into your hotel in Istanbul and spend the afternoon exploring the area around your hotel and introducing yourself to Turkish cuisine.
The morning, spend some time touring the ornate Topkapi Palace, once the main residence of the Ottoman sultans – touring the complex's opulent pavilions, indulgent jewel-filled treasury, and sprawling Harem gives a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the sultans, courtiers, concubines, and eunuchs who once inhabited the building.
Continue on to the Hagia Sophia, perhaps the most recognizable building in Istanbul. The nearly 1500-year-old architectural monument is a visual symbol of Istanbul's East-meets-West location, and was originally built as a church, then served as a mosque and, finally, a museum before recently being turned back into a mosque in the summer of 2020.
Stop at the Spice Bazar to take in the mounds of colourful spices that will tantalise both your eyes and your tastebuds, before crossing the Bosphorus for lunch at one of the many restaurants surrounding Taksim Square. Afterwards, stroll down Istiklal Street, lined with boutiques, music stores, bookstores, art galleries, and so much more for you to explore.
Visit the Hagia Sophia; the nearly 1500-year-old architectural monument that is a visual symbol of Istanbul's East-meets-West location
- Topkapi Palace Tour
- Hagia Sophia Tour
- Spice Bazar Visit