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Europe | Romantic Turkey

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Turkey, Istanbul

Trip Duration

5 nights / 6 days

Once the site of chariot races along the Western shores of the landmark Bosphorus Straight, delight in the exotic beauty and remarkable history of Istanbul. Straddling two continents, Asia and Europe, this romantic capital city boasts noble architecture and ancient traditions amid international festivals, celebrated culinary and wine scene, covered bazaars, and colorful arts and culture.

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Day 1: USA / Istanbul |

Upon arrival in Istanbul, board your private transfer bound for The St. Regis Istanbul. A focal point for a magical experience in Turkey, spend five relaxing nights in a lavish one-bedroom suite, complete with a luxurious living room area, marble baths and original art. Located in the vibrant Nisantasi district close to designer shops, art galleries and buzzing nightlife, delight in timeless elegance and Art Deco inspiration with sumptuous amenities, signature butler service, and world-class dining in Spago by master chef Wolfgang Puck, St. Regis Brassierie or Petit "O" Bar offering light fare. Rejuvenate in the Iridium Spa with exclusive bespoke services and touches including treatment suites, indoor pools, hammams, a tea bar and more.

Day 2: Istanbul |

In the morning, savor a delightful buffet breakfast with your loved one before you embark on the Private Bosphorus & Asia Experience. Uncover the secrets of the shores as you take a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus waterways, passing marble palaces, ancient wood villas, grand fortresses and modern structures. Following your cruise, explore the centuries-old Spice market, then visit the trendy Baghdad Avenue on the Asian side of the city, taking in the breathtaking views from Camlica Hill. Discover the lavishly appointed 19th century Beyleberbeyi Palace, the summer residence of Ottoman sultans before your return to the hotel.

Day 3 - 4: Istanbul |

Experience this remarkable ancient capital city at your leisure. Explore secluded Mediterranean coves, marvel at Byzantine mosaics and frescoes in an ancient monastery, visit art galleries and antique shops, or ferry hand-in-hand to the car-free Buyukada, one of the Princes Islands in the Marmara Sea, for an enchanting horse-drawn carriage ride, dip in the sea or picnic lunch. After a busy day of sightseeing, indulge in a signature tea ritual with a couples massage, traditional Turkish hammam or open-air therapy overlooking the Bosphorus in the Iridium Spa, for a transformative journey.

As evening falls, delight in the hotel's champagne sabering ceremony and toast to your remarkable days in Turkey. Then, dine on Spago's rooftop terrace or venture out to the exclusive Nisantasi neighborhood to a trendy Art Deco-styled venue. For an unforgettable candlelit dining experience featuring Ottoman and international cuisine, make reservations at the legendary Galata Tower with its evocative 360 degree views of Istanbul's beauty and splendor, and Turkish music and dancers for a night of classic tradition.

Day 5: Istanbul |

Greet the morning with your favorite Turkish tea or coffee with an American breakfast before you engage in a Private Byzantine & Ottoman Marvels Excursion. Experience the city's ancient wonders together, beginning with the legendary 6th century Hagia Sophia, its iconic dome, religious relics and mosaics. Uncover the history of this world heritage site, once the center of Orthodox Christianity and grand mosque of the sultans, now an international museum. Your tour continues to the giant arena of Hippodrome Square, its various monuments from different periods, and the iconic Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and minarets. Then, visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, featuring passionate vendors in more than 4,000 covered shops across more than 60 city streets. If you'd like, haggle for a favorite artisan memento of your wondrous days of this amazing journey. Your tour concludes at the Topkapi Palace, once home to imperial sultans and their offices, now exhibiting treasured artifacts, jewel-filled treasury and opulent pavilions for a glimpse of the ancient Ottoman Empire.

As the day turns into your final night in Istanbul, toast to your romantic getaway in this captivating city, immersing in the sunset views over Macka Park and the Bosphorus from the intimate rooftop terrace of Spago in the hotel. Indulge in a culinary adventure with an eclectic fusion of dishes mixed with American, Asian and Italian influences. Then, continue your evening in style in the lounge, savoring ambient music, signature cocktails, high-end spirits and fine champagnes as you reminisce about your heavenly days in Turkey.

Day 6: Istanbul / USA |

Following a delicious breakfast this morning, board your private transfer to the airport for your homebound flight. Bid a fond farewell or "simdilik hoscakal" - goodbye for now, to enchanting Turkey as you make plans for your next romantic European getaway.

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