At the border of Europe and Asia, Istanbul serves as a crossroad of culture. Formerly known as Constantinople, this active metropolis blends both traditional and new and is the 5th most populous city in the world. Step into the golden ages of the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman empires and marvel at this cultural convergence of East and West.
Highlights for this tour included a guided tour of Istanbul with visits to the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Hippodome ancient Greek stadium. After a traditional lunch at a local restaurant, learn the art of traditional Turkish carpet making, then have free time to browse the world famous Grand Bazaar.