After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, we begin our tour of Turkey with a sightseeing adventure in Sultanahmet, the Old City. Our first stop is at the world-renowned Hagia Sophia, a former Christian basilica, then converted into a mosque under Ottoman rule, and now a museum showcasing exquisite Christian and Muslim relics. We then move on to the Blue Mosque, which features over 20,000 tiles and provides an insight into why it’s named the way it is. Afterward, we take a stroll around the Hippodrome area, where chariot races were held during the Roman period. We pause for lunch at a local Turkish restaurant before proceeding to the magnificent Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world with more than 3,000 shops, merchants, and vendors. Finally, we tour the Topkapi Palace, the official residence of the Sultans and Ottoman Dynasty for over 400 years. The palace is now a treasure house of Islam’s most priceless artifacts, jewelry, murals, and other royal antiquities. After a long day of exploring, we return to the hotel for a peaceful overnight stay.