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Istanbul in depth Itinerary
Day 1 Istanbul
Unearth the treasures of one of the greatest cities on earth on this Istanbul short break. From the grandeur of treasured buildings, to vibrant, spice-scented markets and cutting-edge nightlife, Istanbul is a tantalising mix of modern zeal and old world mystique. Joining forces with a local guide, journey through Sultanahmet to the magnificent Blue Mosque. Its domed ceilings and spires cast an unforgettable impression onto the city skyline. Mingle with enthusiastic vendors on a stroll through the cavernous Grand Bazaar; take time out to explore the impressive Suleymaniye and Rustem Pasha mosques; delve into the many sights and delights of the Spice Bazaar; and be awed on a visit to Aya Sofya and Topkapi Palace. After working up an appetite, it's time to experience authentic Turkish hospitality over a delicious home-cooked meal with a local family. Cap off the day by soaking up views of this intoxicating city from a popular local hangout.
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Day 2 Istanbul
Start the day with an invigorating body scrub at a traditional hamam before setting out to discover some lesser-known sights of this great city. Be immersed in modern-day Istanbul on a walking tour through the artisan neighbourhoods of Taksim and Beyoglu, known for their fashion, art and food. Step into the past in the narrow streets and quiet courtyards of Pera. Visit Armenian, Greek and Catholic churches before winding up this two-day city break with a visit to a Turkish coffee house. At the end of this Istanbul in-depth tour, why not stay on to visit the eerie underground Basilica Cistern.
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