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Istanbul harbor waterfront
Istanbul Hippodrome Square
Istanbul Blue Mosque
Istanbul Blue Mosque courtyard
Istanbul Hagia Sophia
Istanbul Cistern darkened hallway
Istanbul Topkapi Palace interior
Istanbul Topkapi Garden
assortment of various spices
trays of bakery items

Istanbul

April 15 – April 17, 2025

Experience Istanbul's architectural wonders and cultural treasures while gaining a deeper understanding of the city's complex history and heritage. From ancient monuments to modern landmarks, Istanbul offers a captivating blend of tradition and innovation.

Itinerary

Day 9: Istanbul
Tuesday, April 15, 2025
Join your local guide for a full-day tour of the city's most revered sites.

Hippodrome Square, once the center of Byzantine Constantinople, hosts ancient monuments including the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and Obelisk of Thutmose III.

Next visit the iconic Blue Mosque, renowned for its stunning blue tiles and towering minarets. Learn about its construction during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I in the early 17th century and its significance as one of Istanbul's most important religious landmarks.

After lunch proceed to the Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage site and architectural marvel that has served as a church, mosque and museum over the centuries. Discover the fascinating history of this iconic structure, from its Byzantine origins to its transformation into a mosque during the Ottoman era.

Descend into the Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground reservoir built by Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century. Contemplate before the forest of marble columns amidst the eerie atmosphere of this subterranean wonder.

Conclude this enriching day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. Immerse yourself in a labyrinth of alleys and stalls to shop for traditional Turkish goods like carpets, ceramics, spices and jewelry.

The remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Overnight: Çırağan Palace Kempinski (L)

Day 10: Istanbul
Wednesday, April 16, 2025
After breakfast set out for Topkapi Palace, the opulent residence of Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. Explore the sprawling grounds, magnificent courtyards and lavish chambers including the Harem, Imperial Council Chamber and Treasury.

Afterward take a leisurely stroll through Pera district—Istanbul's bustling pedestrian street lined with shops, cafés and historic landmarks. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere and admire the eclectic architecture of this cosmopolitan neighborhood.

Following lunch visit Taksim Square, a modern hub of activity and a symbol of Istanbul's dynamic spirit. Learn about its role in Turkish history, from political demonstrations to cultural events, and enjoy panoramic views of the cityscape.

Enjoy the plentiful amenities at the hotel with the rest of the evening at leisure.
Overnight: Çırağan Palace Kempinski (B,L)

Day 12: Istanbul | Depart for U.S.
Thursday, April 17, 2025
After breakfast guests departing during the suggested time take the complimentary transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch

Post-tour space is limited. We recommend reserving early for best availability.

This post-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide.

(Itinerary subject to change.)


Activity Level

Moderate

Activities are generally not very strenuous, however, we expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled and unpaved surfaces, and can walk up and down stairs without assistance.

Historic areas are usually more accessible by foot than by vehicle, and sometimes it is not possible for your motor coach to drop you off at site entrances. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled may be limited.


Accommodations

Çırağan Palace Kempinski

April 23 - April 24

This iconic property exudes luxury and sophistication boasting an architectural style characterized by Ottoman grandeur and opulence. Guest rooms are meticulously appointed to provide the utmost comfort and indulgence. During leisure time take advantage of the inviting outdoor pool or relax in a chaise overlooking the waterfront.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, private balcony, smart TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, coffee and tea maker, minibar, safe, en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski aerial view
Ciragan Palace Kempinski exterior
Ciragan Palace Kempinski guest room
Ciragan Palace Kempinski aerial view of outdoor pool at dusk
Ciragan Palace Kempinski dining room
Ciragan Palace Kempinski outdoor cafe

Deluxe Accommodations Package (availability limited)
While the accommodations are exceptional, guests wishing the ultimate indulgence may choose to purchase the Deluxe Accommodations Package, which includes the following upgrade:

• Çırağan Palace Kempinski: Upgrade to Çırağan Bosphorus View Room—a larger room with a view of the Bosphorus Strait.

(Accommodations subject to change.)

Post-Tour Rate***

Double: $1,699
Double Deluxe: $2,099
Single: $2,399
Single Deluxe: $2,799

Post-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.

What's Included

  • 2 nights at Çırağan Palace Kempinski (or similar)
  • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • Full day guided touring of Istanbul highlights, plus visits to Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and Taksim Square
  • Transportation for included tours
  • Luggage porterage
  • Gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters and wait staff for included meals
  • Airport transfers for guests departing during the suggested times