After breakfast, we transfer you to your first sight-seeing tour of Istanbul starting with the Old City of Sultanahmet. Our first stop in this historical neighborhood is Topkapi Palace. This former Ottoman residence is one of the world’s largest remaining historical palaces. This palace was later converted into a museum in 1924 and houses some of the most ancient, historical, and precious royal relics. Next, we continue the tour with a short walk to the Hippodrome. This area was used for chariot races during Roman rule. After lunch at a Turkish restaurant we proceed to the Hagia (Aya) Sophia. This museum was formerly a Christian basilica before it was turned into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. With its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture as it changed the history of architecture. The tour continues on to the Blue Mosque. This iconic building is decorated with over 20,000 tiles. While inside the mosque, you will see exactly how this famous building got its name. Lastly, the day ends with a visit to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. This is the oldest and largest covered market in the world with more than 3,000 shops, merchants, and vendors. Finally, we are transferred to the hotel for an overnight stay in Istanbul.