Your driver and guide will meet you in front of the port passenger terminal. Drive over the Galata Bridge to the heart of the old city. First stop is the Topkapi Palace Museum. The Palace was the seat of the Ottoman Empire for almost four centuries. **If you prefer we can visit St Sophia instead of Topkapi Palace. After lunch proceed to the Grand Bazaar, where handicrafts from all over Turkey is displayed in 4.000 shops and stores. Later drive to Taksim, a modern area of Istanbul. Walk the main pedestrian street of Istiklal Caddesi and see the 19th century buildings, consulates, Designer Shops, restaurants, small snack bars, cinemas. End the tour at Pera Palas Hotel, a late 19th century hotel built for the use of Orient Express passengers. Pera Palas is legendary and has been frequented by well-known highly placed figures of the world such as: Agatha Christie, Edward VIII of England, Ataturk, Yehudi Menuhin, Marie Bell, Jacqueline Kennedy, Mata Hari, Cicero, etc.