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    Private Tour / 4-Star or 5-Star Hotels / Code: IST23

    Day-1: Arrival

    Airport – Hotel transfer with private minivan.

    Day-2: Istanbul Old City Tour

    • Visiting the Blue Mosque, a stunning example of Ottoman architecture.
    • Hippodrome of Constantinople.
    • German Fountain.
    • Hagia Sophia Museum.
    • Topkapı Palace Museum.
    • Shop at the massive Grand Bazaar.

     Hippodrome of Constantinople / Sultan Ahmet Square

    The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social center 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.

     Topkapi Palace

    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 Museum (The Conquest of Constantinople).
    • Wall of Constantinople (Byzantine City Walls) in Topkapı Area.
    • Miniaturk (Small Miniatures of Landmarks of Turkey and the World).
    • Pierre Loti Hill by Teleferic and city view.
    • Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Eyüp Bazaar by walk.
    • Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall.

    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.

     Miniaturk

    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: Istanbul Bosphorus Tour

    • Dolmabahce Palace Museum.
    • Bosphorus cruise by public tourist boat.
    • Shopping at Historical Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar).
    • Yeni Camii (New Mosque) in Eminonu Area.
    • Cevahir Shopping Mall.

     Dolmabahce Palace

    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.

     Ortakoy Mosque

    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

    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.

     Maiden’s Tower

    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-5: Bursa City Tour (Day Trip from Istanbul)

    Uludag Mountain

    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

    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: Free day for shopping

    Day-7: Departure

    Hotel – Airport transfer with private minivan.

     What’s Included:

    • 6-night accommodation in 4-Star or 5-Star hotel with open buffet breakfast.
    • Air-conditioned private minivan transport throughout.

     Good to Know:

    • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
    • The Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
    • Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    • Please note that the cable car (Bursa) does not operate in bad weather.

    Notes:

    • All Istanbul tours starts at 10 am and finishes at 8 pm. (10:00-20:00).
    • Children below age of 6 free and %50 discount for 7-12 ages.
    • Meals, drinks and other extra personal expenses not included.
    • Tour programs and prices may change without any notice.
    • Please contact us for more information.

    Total Prices:

    Tour Program (IST20) with Accommodation in 4-Star Hotel

    2 persons total: 1035 $ / 517 $ per person

    4 persons total: 1404 $ / 351 $ per person

    6 persons total: 1782 $ / 297 $ per person

    Tour Program (IST20) with Accommodation in 5-Star Hotel

    2 persons total: 1197 $ / 598 $ per person

    4 persons total: 1728 $ / 432 $ per person

    6 persons total: 2268 $ / 378 $ per person

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