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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:4 days / 3 nights

4-Day Istanbul City Stay Package

If this is your first time to Istanbul and you want to see all the highlights of this amazing city at a leisurely pace, this is the tour for you. This four-day stay will take you to the palaces of Topkapi and dolmabahce, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and there's even time for shopping in the Grand Bazaar to pickup a souvenir or two.


  • 4-day Istanbul tour and package
  • 3 nights of accommodation in your choice of 3*, 4* or 4* superior hotel
  • 3 breakfasts and 1 lunch included
  • See major attractions like Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and more
  • Free time and optional dinner with traditional dancing

What You Can Expect

4-Day Istanbul City Stay Package

Lamps at the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Day 1:
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel, day at leisure.

Day 2 (B, L):
Sightseeing Tour of Topkapi Palace, Saint Sophia, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Underground Cistern and the Grand Bazaar.

Day 3 (B):
Enjoy a day at your leisure exploring Istanbul. Your tour guide from the previous day would be happy to make any suggested must see attractions for you.

Day 4 (B):
After breakfast transfer to Istanbul Airport or Port.

Please advise your arrival details at time of booking


Highlights include:

Blue Mosque
One of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds is the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque). A superb creation in classical Turkish architectural style, it stands with 6 towering minarets and 260 windows that illuminate its vast main chamber which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.

Hagia Sophia
One of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world, Aya Sofya Museum was built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, and was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Take a moment to linger here to absorb the serenity and admire the fine Byzantine mosaics.

Topkapi Palace
Many people consider it one of the most unique places in the world, as well as being the world's largest and oldest Palace. It is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire.

Grand Bazaar
In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world's largest covered markets with 58 streets and over 4000 shops. Shop like traders have over the century in this bazaar that is well known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spice and carpets.

Please note: Topkapi Palace (Closed on Tuesdays; will be replaced with Istanbul Archaeology Museum), Hagia Sophia (Closed on Mondays; will be replaced with Chora Museum), Grand Bazaar (Closed on Sundays; additional time will be spent at the other locations).

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Vera good


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

If there was an award for the best tour guide ever, I would have nominated our tour guide Umar for his knowledge and all the information and history he provided to us. During the tour, there were a couple of couples in our group from the US, Switzerland, Austria and Malaysia. To me personally, this was one of the best values of a tour we had ever taken. It was a fantastic tour and well worth the money. Highlights of this tour were the Blue Mosque and Aya Sophia. We had a great day and would recommend this to anyone visiting Istanbul. Since it was a Sunday, we missed the Grand Bazaar tour but managed to go on our own the very next day. The stay at Recital Hotel was also pleasant. Its walking distance from all the historic attraction in istanbul. It was a perfect short break for me and my better-half

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

EXCELLENT! the hotel (Sultanhamet) was fabulous...great location, terrific view from the rooftop dining room. We loved Istanbul and found the Turkish people everywhere to be friendly, kind and very helpful, especially at the hotel. We will return!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

they were waiting at the airport for us, very nice.
the tour guides were great taking us all over we were a whole group of 2 and were treated like kings

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2010

In last few years, I had used Viator services, traveling to many countries and experienced satisfaction in general. However, during our recent trip to Turkey, the Istanbul tour package arranged by Viator were disgustingly disappointing and miserable. Transfers to and from the airport to hotel were a pain as no one showed up at the airport on our arrival and after hours of strenuous effort in contacting, finally someone showed up. On the day of departure the transportation to the airport arrived hours early, making us leaving the hotel early and long waiting at the airport.
The pick-up times for the day trips were confusing and never on time with incomplete itinerary. The hotel was one of the worst, where people were unprofessional and rude. Inoperable bathroom fixtures ended up with not being able to taking shower on the first day after long air-travel. Small refrigerator in the room was dead and room safe was inoperable during our entire stay. This was the first time ever we noticed most toiletries, etc., were absent and the room service was grossly poor. Now we regret having taken this tour package. We are now seriously thinking of exploring other alternative services towards our future travels.
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