After hotel pickup in Istanbul, travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the colorful Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). Hear about this historical souk from your informative guide, and stroll inside to experience the spice, herb, sweet, nut and Turkish Delight stalls.
Continue to the waterfront to join a sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus, the strait that divides Europe and Asia.
Admire the views over two continents as your shared boat passes Ottoman villas, markets and mosques; and watch for landmarks such as the Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and Rumeli Fortress.
After the cruise and a stop for lunch, go ashore to view the 19th-century Beylerbeyi, a one-time imperial Ottoman summer residence. Explore the lavish rooms, still adorned with their original furniture, and see the gardens, complete with a bathing pavilion for the sultans’ harems.
Finally, take a scenic drive across the world-famous Bosphorus Bridge, crossing from Europe to Asia. Soak up the views on route and then climb Camlica Hill on the city's Asian side.
After time to admire the sweeping city views from here, your tour comes to an end.