Christmas Shopping in Istanbul

As the capital city of Turkey, Istanbul always offers unique and wonderful experiences. With striking architecture and historical sites, Istanbul is one of the most intriguing cities in the world. This five day itinerary is the perfect way for you to experience the sites and sounds of the city, while taking care of your Christmas shopping in the run up to the holidays.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel, St. Regis Istanbul. Newly opened, St. Regis Istanbul is a modern masterpiece with Art Deco influences and an air of refined elegance. Offering unrivalled personalised service and superb facilities including a restaurant from renowned chef Wolfgang Puck, a stunning spa and one of Turkey’s greatest art collections, it will appeal to discerning travellers seeking a tranquil and sophisticated urban retreat.

You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the surroundings or just relax.

Stay: St. Regis Istanbul

Day 2: Tour of Istanbul

Today you will see some of Istanbul’s most important sites, such as the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and the Spice Bazaar.

After your wonderful tour of the City & Dolmabahçe Palace, you will complete your day in style by stepping onboard a private luxury yacht for a wonderful cruise along the Bosphorus. This strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia has an impressive and breathtaking shoreline that you’ll witness on this 2 hour Bosphorus tour.

While cruising down the line, you will gaze upon some of the most remarkable views, including Ortakoy mosque, the Rumeli Fortress and the Bosphorus Bridge.

Stay: St. Regis Istanbul

Day 3: Shopping in Istanbul

Today is your shopping day. You are about to discover why Istanbul is known as the center of trade. You will visit various shopping areas depending on what type of things that you would like to buy, either it’s from a local handicrafts in the bazaars or the high end boutiques around Istanbul.

You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the surroundings or just relax.

Stay: St. Regis Istanbul

Day 4: Ottoman Relics Tour

During Ottoman Relics tour you will visit another historical sites like Topkapı Palace, the Harem of Topkapı Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Located on the historic peninsula, Topkapı Palace has a breathtaking view, overlooks both the Marmara Sea and the Bosphorus. The Harem of Topkapı Palace is one of the largest parts of the palace with more than 400 rooms.

The fascinating history of the Palace and the Harem is both captivating and memorable. Meanwhile, Grand Bazaar is a mind-boggling labyrinth of 4000 tiny shops selling jewellery, antiques, carpets, leatherwear and souvenirs. You can also try a cup of traditional Turkish Coffee or Tea at one of the famous old Coffee Houses called Sark Kahvesi.

After finish a wonderful city tour, you will be driven to the oldest and best Hamam in Istanbul. Famously known as Turkish bath, Hamam will make you relax and unwind from travelling.

Stay: St. Regis Istanbul

Day 5: Departure

Today, you will depart Istanbul and be transferred to the airport to catch your return flight home.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival St. Regis Istanbul
Day 2: Tour of Istanbul St. Regis Istanbul
Day 3: Shopping in Istanbul St. Regis Istanbul
Day 4: Ottoman Relics Tour St. Regis Istanbul
Day 5: Departure

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Private Bosphorus Cruise
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency contact
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hamam Treatment in a traditional Turkish bath

Not Included

  • International and domestic airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa fees and/or visa authorization
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other expenses not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

Map

St. Regis Istanbul Bosphorus Grand Bazaar Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam

From USD 5.150 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.