After breakfast we start the Istanbul tour with a trip to the first court of Topkapi Palace to visit the first museum of Turkey, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. This building was opened in 1891 and consists of 3 buildings: The Archaeological Museum, Museum of the Ancient Orient, and the Museum of Islamic Art. The museum contains over 1 million objects from many different civilizations and cultures, making it one of the richest museums in the world. Next we visit the Basilica Cistern, the largest ancient cistern that lies beneath Istanbul city. This reservoir was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I to provide water for the Great Palace and other buildings. We end the day with a stroll to the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts to view Islamic calligraphy, tiles, rugs, and ethnographic displays of various cultures in Turkey, particularly nomad groups. This museum was the last one opened during the Ottoman period and was built in the former residence of Ibrahim Pasa, the first grand vizier to Suleiman the Magnificent. We are transferred back to the hotel for an overnight stay in Istanbul.