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dISCOVER ISTANBUL (4 DAYS)
ISTANBUL / TURKEY

1.Day
Arrival in ISTANBUL from ATATÜRK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. Transfer to your hotel in Sulatanahmet, after a short orientation tour of Istanbul. You will see the fantastic Golden Horn and one of the most important Islamic landmarks, After enjoying the panoramic view and having a snack at Pierre Loti Cafe, you will visit the famous Chora Church to see its unique frescoes and mosaics. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel.

2.Day

08:30 After breakfast, you will tour the Ottoman and Byzantine parts of Istanbul
ST.SOPHIA; It was built by the emperor Constantine the Great in the 4th century. It is the third largest basilica in the world and famous for its mosaics.
BLUE MOSQUE; Built by Mehmet Emin Ağa, a famous Ottoman architect, by order of Sultan Ahmet III in the 16th century, it is the only mosque with six minarets in Istanbul. It is called the Blue Mosque because of the color of the precious Iznik tiles which decorate the interior.
HIPPODROME; The Old Hippodrome. There are three masterpieces here in the place where horse races were held in ancient Byzantia:  the Theodosius Obelisk, the Bronze Serpent Column and the Column of Constantine.

Lunch in Sultanahmet

TOPKAPI PALACE; The palace where the Ottoman Sultans lived from the 15th to the 19th centuries. With its kitchen full of various samples of crystal, gold, silver and china porcelains and the Ottoman Treasury containing precious objects decorated with emeralds, pearls, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and jade, this is the most important historical landmark in Istanbul.  The jewels include an eighty-six karat diamond and an uncut emerald weighing more than seven pounds!  You can also see a throne made of solid gold, a gift to Sultan Mahmud I (1730-1754) from Persia.
SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE;  It was built by Sinan, world-wide famous Ottoman architect, during the years from 1550 to 1557 in the name of Suleyman the Magnificent, the most powerful Ottoman Sultan. This work of Sinan was intended to rival Hagia Sophia. 
GRAND COVERED BAZAAR; A historical shopping place with more than 4000 shops inside, it has a  wonderful ambience where you can find gold processing handicraft, hand-woven carpets, hand-painted ceramics, onyx and other unusual items for gifts.
16:30 End of the tour, return to hotel.

3.Day

08:20 After breakfast, tour the Bosphorus and Asian side


SPICE BAZAAR (EGYPTIAN BAZAAR); A traditional historical marketplace where you can experience heavenly aromas and buy any spice you can image.  Here you will find all the exotic wares of the Silk Road

BOSPHORUS ON BOAT
A traditional boat tour through the waterway separating Asia and Europe. Along the way you will see the old Ottoman wooden mansions, marble places and small fishing villages, located along the Asian and European sides. Do not miss important sightseeing spots at the Bosphorus like Dolmabahçe Place, Rumeli Fortress and Beylerbeyi.

RUMELI FORTRESS
The Fortress was built in 1452 to control and protect the Bosphorus by order of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452.  Construction took only four months. It is the most beautiful example of military architecture in the world.

LUNCH - You will sample fresh fish at a delightful fish restaurant

BOSPHORUS BRIDGE; The only bridge in the world spanning two continents:  Asia and Europe.

BEYLERBEYI PALACE; Once famous fir its original historical furniture, superb garden and harem, it was the summer palace of the Ottoman Sultans.
CAMLICA HILL; The highest spot in Istanbul. A perfect place for you to see the whole of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.  A magnificent panorama.
16:30 End of the tour return to  hotel ,
20:30 Dinner with Turkish Show ( Belly Dancers, Singers, Folkloric  Dances ... )
24:00 Return to hotel.

4 .Day
Check out from the hotel and transfer to airport,

Price Per person : 
325 euro in double,                 
425 euro in  single

Includes:
All taxes included.
3 Night Accommodation
The meals 3 days breakfast at the Hotel.
2 lunchs during Sightseeing Tours.
1 dinner at night show.
All museums tickets mentioned in the itinerary.
Fully english guided.
All transfers.

 


 

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