İstanbul

5 days

 

DAY 1

On arrival Istanbul Our transfer team will pick you up at Istanbul Ataturk Airport  and transfer you to the hotel, giving info about tours and overnight in istanbul.

 

DAY 2

A full day tour to explore Istanbul, a fascinating city straddling two continents which, under the name Byzantium and Constantinople was the capital of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, and in 1453, became the third and last Capital of the Ottomans. Visit the Blue Mosque, recognizable from its six minarets, built between 1609 and 1616 for Sultan Ahmet I and decorated inside with 21,043 tiles from Iznik in a dominant blue color; the Hippodrome where political, cultural, and sports activities took place during Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times; Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans between the end of the 15th and the first half of the 19th centuries, with its treasures, terraces overlooking the Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn... You will end the day at the historical Grand Bazaar. Lunch during sightseeing.

 

DAY 3

Morning, visit imposing Haghia Sophia which marked the apogee of Byzantine Emperor Justinian's reign; Rustempasa Mosque with its beautiful Iznik (Nicea) tiles, and the Spice Market with its exotic spices and aromas. Cruise on the Bosporus that separates Asia from Europe and connects the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea. You will get the best views of the city and most of the historical monuments in Istanbul. All along the strait and on both shores, you will discover the marble Palaces of Dolmabahce, Beylerbeyi, the beautiful wooden Ottoman villas called "yali" (water-side residences), the medieval forteresses etc. Lunch at a fish restaurant along the Bosphorus. Afternoon, visit of St Savior in Chora (Kariye Museum) whose mosaics and frescoes are among the most beautiful in the Byzantine World.

 

DAY 4

Morning, visit Dolmabahce Palace, the somptuous new official residence of the sultans after 1856. Cross the suspended bridge over the Bosphorus to reach the Asian side of Istanbul and visit Beylerbeyi Palace, which was the summer residence of the imperial family. Continue to Uskudar for lunch in this old typical quarter from where you will discover the Maiden's Tower located in the middle of the Bosphorus. Drive up to Camlica Hill where you will enjoy one of the best panoramas over the city. Discover the residential quarters of Asian Istanbul. At the end of the day, return by boat to the European side and take the funicular to the quarter of Pera. Free time on Istiklal street where you can find the flower market, lots of shops, cafes and restaurants.

 

DAY 5

Transfer to the airport

 

LAND COAST INCLUDES:

  • Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles throughout as stated in the tours general features
  • Escort by a professional guide-lecturer throughout
  • Entrance fees to the museums stated in itinerary
  • All meals mentioned in the program
  • Accommodation in shared twin rooms in stated or similar hotels
  • Arrival and departure tranfers

LAND COAST DOES NOT INCLUDE :

  • Visits and services not mentioned in program.
  • Domestic flights
  • Insurance
  • Personal expenses and all beverages
  • Tips

 

For price details and more information, please contact us

 

Last Updated (Tuesday, 18 January 2011 13:43)

 

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