Istanbul 3 days, 2 nights - Pre Cruise - Minimum of 2 Passengers

Istanbul 3 days, 2 nights - Pre Cruise - Minimum of 2 Passengers

Istanbul 3 days, 2 nights - Pre Cruise - Minimum of 2 Passengers

On day 1, you will be arriving in one of the most important and beautiful cities of the world’s history: Constantinople! Meeting your private lecturer/guide at the airport, you will be boarding your luxury minivan, and start your expedition in this fascinating city where the continents meet each other! Founded in 13th century BC, Greeks, Romans, and the Ottoman Turks left their traces of culture and architecture in Istanbul. Driving into the Old City you will be welcomed by the impressive view of the Roman Walls of Emperor Theodosius and will carry on to your hotel for check in and relaxation. Overnight in Istanbul.

In the morning on day 2, you will be meeting your lecturer/guide at the lobby of your hotel and will start at 9:00 am your day of exploration of history and architecture. Your first visit will be to the Blue Mosque. Istanbul boasts its monumental shrines of different faiths and Blue Mosque is probably one of the most famed masterpieces of Ottoman religious architecture. Continue your morning by visiting the home of the Ottoman sultans: Topkapi Palace! Today you will be having an intense tour of the palace going through corridors and different sections of the Harem where Sultan lived with his family members. Leaving the Harem through the “Golden Corridor” you will reach the inner courtyard to visit the Treasury that displays exclusive examples of jewelry and accessories which were dressed by the Sultans or were given as gifts to ambassadors. Leaving the Topkapi Palace, you will you will be visiting the Basilica of Saint Sophia that was built by Justinian the Great during 6th century. Later in the afternoon, you will be exploring Grand Bazaar and Nuru Osmaniye District. Istanbul has been center of commerce and trade between the Orient and the Occident even before the arrival of Ottomans. After enjoying the experience of the Grand Bazaar, checking the exciting variety of handcrafted souvenirs, you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

After breakfast on day 3, you'll meet your lecturer/guide at the lobby of your hotel to start another day of 9:00am exploration in Istanbul. You will start your morning by discovering the church of St. Saviour in Chora and will be thrilled by the beauty of its gold gilded mosaics of 13th century. You will continue your morning touring with the Rustem Pasha Mosque dating back to 16th century. In the neighborhood where Rustem Pasha Mosque is located there will lead you through. Continue your day with a visit to Galata district that hosted European communities who migrated to Istanbul during 18th and 19th centuries to profit from out of the trade capitulations granted by the Ottoman Empire. Taking the elevator you will go up to the peak of Galata Tower that was built by the Genoese merchants during 13th century to view and direct their commercial ships arriving with their loads of goods brought for the markets of this timeless city. After exploring the architectural treasures of Istanbul, you will be escorted by your tour guide to the pier for embarkation to your cruise ship. Overnight aboard.

Please note breakfast is included in the cost of the tour, all additional meals are not included.

This excursion is intended for a minimum of 2 passengers.

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  • - One-way escorted private transfer from Istanbul Airport to hotel.
  • - 2-night accommodation in Istanbul on BB basis.
  • - Services of an English-speaking professional private tour guide for touring.
  • - Transportation by deluxe A/C non-smoking minivan throughout the program.
  • - All entrance and parking fees for the sightseeing mentioned in the program.
  • - Complimentary refreshments throughout the journeys on the vehicle.
  • - Travel kits with map, guidebook, useful information sheet, stamped postcards and bookmark.
  • Not included:
  • - Meals except for breakfast at the selected hotel.
  • - Beverages at the hotel and elsewhere.
  • - Honorary gratuities for the guide and driver.
  • - Personal expenses.


Don’t forget your camera. Please note the rate is based on double occupancy – please contact us if you need a single rate. Please note breakfast is included in the cost of the tour, all additional meals are not included. This excursion is intended for a minimum of 2 passengers.

Departure Location

Istanbul International Airport. The specific meeting location will be listed in your confirmation email and voucher for this shore excursion. See the 'Redemption and Voucher Details' section below.

Redemption and Voucher Details

  1. After you complete your booking, your credit card will be charged and our expert Shore Excursion Concierge agents will 'hand'-review your shore excursion selections against your cruise itinerary to confirm compatibility. Your credit card statement will list the merchant for the charges as Port Promo Cruise Tours.
  2. You will receive an email within 72 hours of booking from which confirms your booking and contains the vouchers required for your shore excursions. Please print these vouchers and bring them with you on your cruise. You will be required to turn the voucher(s) in to the corresponding shore excursion supplier(s). The vouchers feature information regarding how to meet up with the tour leader upon arrival to a port and other important details.
  3. Your tour is completely refundable if your ship is unable to get into port or due to weather cancellations. See our terms and conditions for complete details.
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