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Istanbul, historically also known as Constantinople and Byzantium, is the most populous city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural, and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosphorus strait between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side.

Arrive in Istanbul, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the historic part of the city. Your afternoon is free to walk around the incomparable Sultan Ahmet District, right at the door of your hotel. If you arrive in time, we will arrange a walking tour in the afternoon.
This morning you will have a private, tour of Topkapi Palace, including the Harem Section. After lunch you will visit the Spice Market and the exquisite Rustem Pasha Mosque, which are just steps apart. The Spice Bazaar will intrigue you with its unusual foods and spices. Your guide will be happy to explain all of the different uses for these foods.
Today you will be provided with another private tour, visiting Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the sixth-century Byzantine cistern, the Yerebatan Sarnici. After lunch visit the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, overlooking the Hippodrome.. While you are in Istanbul, you can throw off your clothes and enjoy a Turkish Bath. The baths are separate for men and women and you will be scrubbed until you shine! Our favorite is Cemberlitash, just steps from the covered bazaar in the most historic part of Istanbul.
You will have a private transfer to the airport for your return flight.
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