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Private Tour / 4-Star or 5-Star Hotels / Code: Ist30
Airport – Hotel transfer with private minivan.
Day-2: Istanbul Old City Tour
Hippodrome Of Constantinople / Sultan Ahmet Square
The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydanı (Sultan Ahmet Square) in the Turkish city of Istanbul, with a few fragments of the original structure surviving.
Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque)
The Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Kulliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque.
Hagia Sophia Museum
Hagia Sophia (Turkish: Ayasofya) is a former Greek Orthodox church, later an imperial mosque and now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi) in Istanbul, from the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.
The Topkapi Palace (Turkish: Topkapı Sarayı) is a large palace in Istanbul, that was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years (1465–1856) of their 624-year reign.As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a museum and as such a major tourist attraction. It also contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including Muhammed’s cloak and sword. The palace contained mosques, a hospital, bakeries.
Grand Bazaar (Covered Bazaar)
The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. The Grand Bazaar is located inside the walled city of Istanbul, in the district of Fatih. It stretches roughly from west to east between the mosques of Beyazıt and of Nuruosmaniye. The Bazaar can easily be reached from Sultanahmet and Sirkeci by trams (Beyazıt-Kapalıçarşı stop).
Day-3: Istanbul Golden Horn Tour
Panorama 1453 Historical Museum
The Panorama 1453 is a historical museum in Istanbul that was opened on 31 January 2009. The museum is located across from the spot on the Topkapı-Edirnekapı ramparts. The museum is a panorama painting about the conquest of Constantinople. Here the visitor will witness a scene of the Fall of Constantinople, in particularly the moment the Ottoman troops broke the Byzantine defences of the city. After the fall, the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, gained the title of Fatih (Thr Conqueror). The painting surrounding measures 38 meters in diameter and covers an area of 2,350 square meters.
Miniatürk is a miniature park situated at the north-eastern shore of Golden Horn in Istanbul. It is one of the world’s largest miniature parks with its 15,000 m2 model area.
The park contains 122 models done in 1/25th scale. 58 of the structures are from Istanbul, 52 are from Anatolia, and 12 are from the Ottoman territories that today lie outside of Turkey.
Eyup Sultan Mosque
The Eyüp Sultan Mosque is situated in the district of Eyüp on the European side of Istanbul, near the Golden Horn, outside the Walls of Constantinople. Built in 1458, it was the first mosque constructed by the Ottoman Turks following the Conquest of Constantinople in 1453. The mosque rises next to the place where Abu Ayyub al-Ansari.
Day-4 & 5: Yalova & Bursa Tour
Yalova is a city located in northwestern Turkey, near the eastern coast of the Sea of Marmara. Yalova has a number of tourist attractions, such as the “Yalova Atatürk Mansion” used by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkey, during his visits to the city.
The city is famous for its hot springs in Termal district, which gets its name from the Greek word, which means “warm”. Another attraction is the Karaca Arboretum on the way to Termal.
Uludağ is a mountain in Bursa Province, Turkey, with an elevation of 2,543 m. It is a popular center for winter sports such as skiing, and a national park of rich flora and fauna. Summer activities, such as trekking and camping, also are popular.
Bursa Grand Mosque (Ulucami)
Bursa Grand Mosque or Ulucami is a mosque in Bursa, Turkey. Built in the Seljuk style, it was ordered by the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I and built between 1396 and 1399. The mosque has 20 domes and 2 minarets.
Inkaya -a huge centuries- old (approximately 600 years) plane tree with an open-air café sheltered by its deep shadow, on the foothills of (and just off the road to) Uludağ.
Day-6: Istanbul Bosphorus Tour
Dolmabahçe Palace located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922.
Ortaköy Mosque, officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid) in Beşiktaş, Istanbul, built in 1856, it is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus.
Rumelian Castle is a fortress located in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul, on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It gives the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople.
The Maiden’s Tower, also known as Leander’s Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul.
Spice Bazaar / Egyptian Bazaar
The Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in the Eminönü quarter of the Fatih district, it is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. Spice Bazaar has a total of 85 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, jewellery, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts.
Day-7: Princes’ Islands Tour
Day-8: Sapanca Lake & Masukiye Tour (Day Trip from Istanbul)
Sapanca (Sakarya City)
A corner of paradise resounding with the peaceful sounds of nature and one of Istanbul’s popular getaways, Sapanca reveals different scenic views in any season. Within the Sakarya province in the Marmara Region, Sapanca is built around a terrific lake and surrounded by lush forests. A natural heritage with a history dating back to 1200 BC, Sapanca is an unforgettable resort with sunny summers and snow-white winters.
Day-9: Asian Side of Istanbul
The Bosphorus Bridge
The Bosphorus Bridge is one of two suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus strait, connecting Europe and Asia. The bridge is located between Ortaköy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side).
Üsküdar is a large and densely populated district and municipality of Istanbul, on the Anatolian shore of the Bosphorus. The district of Üsküdar is one of Istanbul’s oldest-established residential areas. It is directly opposite the old city of Eminönü and transport across the Bosphorus is easy by undersea tunnel, boat or bridge.
The Beylerbeyi Palace (Beylerbeyi meaning “Lord of Lords”) is located in the Beylerbeyi neighbourhood of Istanbul, at the Asian side of the Bosphorus. It was an Imperial Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860s, it is now situated immediately north of the Bosphorus Bridge.
Beylerbeyi Palace was commissioned by Sultan Abdülaziz and built between 1861 and 1865 as a summer residence and a place to entertain visiting heads of state.
Çamlıca is a hill in Üsküdar district of Istanbul, situated on the Asian part of the city at 268 m (879 ft) above sea level, Çamlıca Hill has a panoramic view of the southern part of Bosphorus and the mouth of Golden Horn. The hill is a popular visitor attraction. There is historical-designed teahouses, cafes and a restaurant inside a public park with monumental trees, flower gardens and fountains, run by the Metropolitan Municipality.
Day-10 & 11: Bolu Abant Lake Tour
Abant is situated by the calm waters of a national park surrounded with lush green forests and a nice view. Located in Bolu, famous for its cuisine and nationwide renowned chefs, Abant encircles the lake with the same name and offers numerous natural beauties to all those who want to take time out in nature. The entire terrain of Abant is a natural wonder that reveals different scenic views in every season. Visitors in the region can embark on exploration tours or engage in a variety of outdoor sports. Abant is an ideal getaway for visitors who want to take shelter in nature away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Day-12: Istanbul Bosphorus European Shore Tour
Ortaköy Mosque, officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid) in Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey, is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus. The current mosque, which was erected in its place, was ordered by the Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid and built between 1854 and 1856.
Arnavutköy (meaning “Albanian village” in Turkish) is a historic neighbourhood in Istanbul, Turkey, famous for its wooden Ottoman mansions and seafood restaurants. It is part of the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, and is located between Ortaköy and Bebek on the European shoreline of the Bosphorus strait.
Rumelian Castle is a fortress located in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul, Turkey, on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It gives the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople.
Emirgan Park is a historical urban park located at the Emirgan neighbourhood in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul, Turkey, on the European coast of the Bosphorus. It is one of the largest public parks in Istanbul. The Emirgan Park is closely associated with the tulip, the traditional flower, which gave its name to an era (1718-1730) of the Ottoman Empire. A special garden was established in Emirgan Park in the 1960s to revive the city’s tradition of tulip cultivation. Since 2005, an annual international tulip festival is organized here every April making the park attractive and very colorful with these flowers.
Istinye is a neighbourhood in Istanbul, on the European side of the city. It is located between Emirgan and Yeniköy on the northwestern shore of the Bosphorus, within the district of Sarıyer. It is one of the finest seashore locations on the Bosphorus where people walk around during the weekends. İstinye is famous for its cafés and seafood restaurants. A small bay is also among the things that make İstinye a preferred location to visit.
Day-13: Free day for shopping.
Hotel – Airport transfer with private minivan.
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Tour Program (IST20) with Accommodation in 4-Star Hotel
2 persons total: 2394 $ / 1197 $ per person
4 persons total: 3204 $ / 801 $ per person
6 persons total: 4023 $ / 670 $ per person
Tour Program (IST20) with Accommodation in 5-Star Hotel
2 persons total: 2745 $ / 1372 $ per person
4 persons total: 3906 $ / 976 $ per person
6 persons total: 5076 $ / 846 $ per person