Duration: 4 Days
Departure: Istanbul Airport or Hotel
Visiting: Chora Church,Rusthem Pascha Mosque, Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum, Underground Cistern, St. Sophia, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, The Blue Mosque, Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise
Highlights: Chora Church, Rusthem Pascha Mosque, Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum, Underground Cistern, St. Sophia, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, The Blue Mosque, Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise.
Meet your tour guide at the airport and drive to your hotel. Relax for the day. Overnight in Istanbul.
After our breakfast we will start with our tour. Fist visit The Church of the Holy Savior of Chora. Kariye Camii, is, after Hagia Sophia, the most interesting Byzantine church in the city. Then we continue on to Rusthem Pascha Mosque, which is constructed by Mimar Sinan on 1561 by one of the viziers of Kanuni, Rüstem Paşa. Then Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum or also known as The Palace of Ibrahim Pasa, the grandest private residence ever built in the Ottoman Empire which was completed in 1524. Todays last visit will be the Underground Cistern which was built by Justinian I to be used as a reservoir for water storage. Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.
After breakfast our visit today includes St. Sophia,ne of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.TheHippodrome, the center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city where held. Continue on to Topkapi Palace which was built by Mehmet The Conqueror between the years 1462 and 1478 was constructed at Seraglio Point surrounded by the Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.The Blue Mosque, dating from the 17th century, an architectural masterpiece famed for its exquisite blue tiles and six elegant minarets. At last we will visit the Grand Bazaar. The most attractive shopping center and biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherwear and souvenirs. Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.
After breakfast we will have a visit at the Egyptian Bazaar, or also called Spice Bazaar because it was built with money paid as duty on Egyptian import. It is the oldest bazaar in Istanbul and also the second largest covered bazaar after the Grand Bazaar in the world. No Istanbul experience is complete without a cruise up the Bosphorus. Istanbul is a unique city in the world which is situated in two continents. The Bosphorus which separates the European and the Asian part of Turkey is a channel of water 31km long connecting the sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. During the amazing Bosphorus Cruise between two continents Europe and Asia, it is possible to see Beylerbeyi Palace, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture and also modern luxurious apartments, Rumeli Fortress, also you will have a great view of the old city peninsula with Topkapi Palace, Hogia Sophia, Suleymaniye Mosque, Galata Bridge, Maidens Tower etc. After this we will transfer you to your cruise.
– Hotel Accommodation
– Licensed Professional Tour Guide
– Entrance Fees according to above itinerary
– Daily Breakfast
– Arrival and deperture airport transfers (On the first and last day of the tour)
– Modern air-conditioned motor coach with a professional driver
– Gratuities to guide and driver
– Items of a personal nature
– Any items not specifically mentioned as included
– Meals that are not indicated on the itinerary.
Addional Informatıon :
• St.Sophia Museum : Closed every Monday,
• Blue Mosque : Closed every Friday
• Topkapi Palace Museum : closed every Tuesday
• Chore Museum : Closed every Wednesday
• Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts (closed due to restoration )