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7-Day Istanbul and Bursa Cultural and Culinary Journey

7-Day Istanbul and Bursa Cultural and Culinary Journey Itinerary

Published: 2024 Mar 01

Historical Marvels and Bosphorus Cruise

Morning
Begin your day with a traditional Turkish breakfast at Kanaat Lokantası - Sultanahmet Köftecisi, a local favorite. After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of the iconic Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) and the magnificent Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya). Explore the ancient Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) and the historic Hippodrome (Sultanahmet Meydani). For lunch, savor authentic Ottoman cuisine at Asitane Restaurant, known for its historical recipes. In the afternoon, visit the opulent Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) and its Harem Museum. Conclude your day with a delightful Istanbul Bosphorus Sunset Cruise on a Luxurious Yacht and dinner with live music and a belly dance show on board.
Afternoon
After the cruise, head to the vibrant Taksim Square (Taksim Meydani) for a leisurely walk and some shopping. Enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee at Mikla, offering panoramic views of the city. For dinner, indulge in modern Turkish cuisine at this renowned restaurant.
Evening
Experience the vibrant nightlife of Istanbul at 360 Istanbul East Restaurant & Bar. Sip on signature cocktails while enjoying the breathtaking 360-degree view of the city.
Bedtime
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Cultural Workshops and Culinary Delights

Morning
Start your day with a visit to the Istanbul Turkish Mosaic Lamp Workshop. Create your own mosaic lamp under the guidance of local artisans. After the workshop, enjoy a light lunch at Dürümzade, known for its delicious wraps. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi), one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. Explore the maze of shops and discover unique treasures. For dinner, head to Karakoy Lokantasi, a modern Turkish restaurant offering a variety of mezes and seafood dishes.
Afternoon
In the evening, attend the mesmerizing Istanbul Whirling Dervishes Ceremony and Mevlevi Sema at a historic venue. Immerse yourself in the spiritual music and the hypnotic movements of the dervishes.
Evening
After the ceremony, enjoy a late-night dessert at Lokma Balıkçısı, famous for its Turkish sweets and pastries.
Bedtime
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Bosphorus Exploration and Turkish Bath Experience

Morning
Begin your day with a scenic Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise w/Audio Guide and Sunset Option. Learn about the history and landmarks along the Bosphorus while enjoying the refreshing breeze. For lunch, dine at Balikci Sabahattin, a classic fish restaurant with a charming atmosphere. In the afternoon, visit the Dolmabahce Palace (Dolmabahce Sarayi), a stunning example of Ottoman architecture. Afterward, experience the ultimate relaxation with a Istanbul Private Turkish Bath, Massage, and Spa in Old City. Unwind in the traditional Turkish bath and enjoy a rejuvenating massage.
Afternoon
For dinner, savor the flavors of the Ottoman Empire at Asitane Restaurant, known for its historical recipes and elegant ambiance.
Evening
After dinner, take a leisurely stroll along the Bosphorus and enjoy the enchanting views of the city at night.
Bedtime
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Artistic Exploration and Culinary Delights

Morning
Start your day with a visit to the Istanbul Modern Art Museum. Explore the contemporary art exhibitions and enjoy the stunning views of the Bosphorus. For lunch, head to Sunset Grill & Bar, a sophisticated restaurant offering a fusion of Turkish and international cuisine. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi). Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and sample some Turkish delights. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Turkish coffee at Maiden's Tower Restaurant, located on a historic islet in the Bosphorus.
Afternoon
In the evening, experience the flavors of Anatolian cuisine at Ciya Sofrasi, a renowned restaurant serving authentic regional dishes.
Evening
After dinner, take a leisurely walk along the lively streets of Kadikoy and explore the local shops and cafes.
Bedtime
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Historical Gems and Culinary Experiences

Morning
Begin your day with a visit to the Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli Hisari), a medieval fortress located on the European side of the Bosphorus. Explore the well-preserved walls and towers, and enjoy the panoramic views of the Bosphorus. For lunch, dine at Hamdi Restaurant, known for its kebabs and mezes. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the Beylerbeyi Palace (Beylerbeyi Sarayi), a lavish summer residence of the Ottoman sultans. Afterward, visit the Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi), an iconic symbol of Istanbul, and enjoy a traditional Turkish tea with a view of the city.
Afternoon
For dinner, experience the elegance of Ottoman cuisine at Asitane Restaurant, located in the historic district of Sultanahmet.
Evening
After dinner, take a relaxing evening walk along the Bosphorus and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the waterfront.
Bedtime
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Culinary Adventures and Cultural Delights

Morning
Start your day with a visit to the Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi). Climb to the top for panoramic views of the city and the Bosphorus. For breakfast, enjoy a variety of Turkish pastries and dishes at Karakoy Lokantasi. In the afternoon, take a guided tour of the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi) and explore the labyrinth of shops and stalls. For lunch, indulge in the flavors of the Aegean region at Ciya Sofrasi, known for its authentic regional cuisine.
Afternoon
In the evening, enjoy a delightful dinner at Mikla, a renowned restaurant offering modern Turkish cuisine with a Scandinavian twist.
Evening
After dinner, take a leisurely walk along the lively streets of Beyoglu and experience the vibrant nightlife of Istanbul.
Bedtime
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Bursa Highlights and Culinary Delights

Morning
Travel to the historic city of Bursa, known for its rich history and natural beauty. Start your day with a visit to the Uludag Mountain (Olympos), a popular ski resort in winter and a refreshing retreat in summer. Enjoy the scenic cable car ride to the top and take in the panoramic views. For lunch, savor the famous Iskender kebab at Iskender Kebapçısı, a local favorite. In the afternoon, explore the historic landmarks of Bursa, including the Green Mosque (Yesil Camii) and the Green Tomb (Yesil Turbe). For dinner, indulge in traditional Ottoman cuisine at Hünkar Restaurant - Topkapı Palace Hotel Istanbul, known for its royal recipes.
Afternoon
After dinner, take a leisurely walk in the city center and explore the local shops and markets.
Evening
Conclude your day with a relaxing evening at a traditional Turkish hammam, where you can unwind and rejuvenate after a day of exploration. Overnight in Bursa.
Bedtime
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Departure Day

Morning
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel and take some time to relax before your departure. If time allows, visit the Süleymaniye Mosque (Süleymaniye Camii), one of the most impressive Ottoman mosques in Istanbul. Afterward, transfer to the airport for your departure flight. End of the journey.
Afternoon
*This is a departure day, no specific activities are planned for the afternoon.*
Evening
*This is a departure day, no specific activities are planned for the evening.*
Bedtime
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