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Package: Classic Turkey
Welcome to Istanbul. Upon arrival you will be transferred to hotel in Istanbul where you can enjoy rest of the day at leisure.
Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the
"Old City" from where the Byzantine and
Ottoman Empires were ruled.
Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of
constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique
with 6 minarets,
built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Hippodrome, centre of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political
activities of the old city.
Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are
decorating the Hippodrome.
Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping centre and the biggest
"souk" in the world
with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware
(Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request)
Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant.
Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury,
sacred Islamic relics
of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section
etc. Live guide
commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the
Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at
The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with
purple, red, green
and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers
on the sarcophaguses.
Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the
historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Istanbul where
the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The residential area for
Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities.
along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the
Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine
City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age.
Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various
spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc.
Cruise on Plan Tours’ private boat, through the waterway separating the two
continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble
palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern
residentials and luxurious apartments.
Fortress (from the boat – no interior visit), historical armament built by the
Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military
architecture. (Visit a leather showroom if time permits)
at a Turkish Restaurant.
Palace, recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects
Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on a 110.000 m² area and served as the main
administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Famous with great collection of
European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier, the palace has 285 rooms
and 46 halls.
Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in
Hill, famous for its widest bird’s eye panoramic view of Istanbul from Marmara
Sea to the Black Sea, gives a chance to see the Bosphorus and Golden Horn from
one of the best point of the highest and most appealing places of the city.
GARDENS OF ROYAL YILDIZ PALACE
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE connecting EUROPE & ASIA continents
BEYLERBEYÄ° PALACE from the boat
tour starts with pick ups around 08:00 and will end around 17:00
There is no activity involved. You can enjoy your day based on your interest.
Check out from Hotel & you will be transferred to airport for your further journey.
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