Start: istanbul Finish: Istanbul
Physical rating: Low
Special diets catered: Meat, Halal, Vegetarians
Tour code: 39776P123
Tour Altinkum Travel
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Explore unique Istanbul with 4 days customized package. Join full-day tours with expert local guides and learn histories about Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and life of locals. Visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, walk on the Hippodrome where German Fountain and Obelisk, Enjoy cruising on the Bosphorus, see wooden houses of Ottomans, Visit Princes Island; the biggest out of a set of 9 islands. There are colorful fruit trees, beautiful gardens, forest areas, and exotic flowers. 4* Hotel accommodation in Sultanahmet, Airport transfers, Day tours with English speaking tour guide, Skip-The-Line Tickets, Lunch at tours provided.
Accommodation Name: Avicenna Hotel
Meals: No Meals
Upon arrival Istanbul Airport greeted by your driver and drive to your hotel. Check-in and the rest of the day is yours to explore city. Overnight in Istanbul
Location: İstanbul, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace Museum, The Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore Hagia Sophia; Meaning Divine Wisdom, Hagia Sophia was the largest building on earth barring the Egyptian Pyramids or the Great Wall of China. Today's Hagia Sophia was built by the Emperor Justinian in 537AD. It was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period. It was used as a church for 916 years and as a mosque for 481 years, In 1934, by the order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk it was converted into a museum and since it is open to the visitors.
Next; Topkapi Palace; As well as being the imperial residence of the Sultan, the palace was also the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. It housed the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years until the Dolmabahçe palace was built. In 1924, it was converted into a museum. Today it is famous with harem, royal treasury, and holy relics sections
Continue to with Hippodrome; Built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203AD, during the Roman period hippodrome was the civil center for the people of the city where once 100,000 spectators could be held. Located in the heart of Sultanahmet surrounded by Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, today it is home to The Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilitaş), The Serpentine Column (Burma sütun), The Constantine Column and German Fountain.
Next, Blue Mosque; Built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in the year 1616, is located opposite the Hagia Sophia. Blue mosque today is one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets and magnificent dome. Although it is officially called Sultanahmet Mosque, the name Blue Mosque was given to it by the visitors because of the amazing blue tiles decorating the interior walls.
Next, Grand Bazaar; With 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops, it is one of the greatest bazaars in the world. It was built between 1455-1461 by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. Today, shops selling the same kind of merchandise tend to be congregated in their own streets or inns as it was the original Ottoman system. At the end of the tour drive to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore magical escape from the bustle of the city of Istanbul. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage and discover Ottoman houses and villas. Visit the Islands of the Marmara Sea
Its when the crazy Istanbul's traffic and the stressed lifestyle of its inhabitants start getting to you that you should escape one day to the Princes islands;(Buyukada) the biggest out of a set of 9 islands. There are colorful fruit trees, beautiful gardens, forest areas and exotic flowers to be seen everywhere, see the lavish Ottoman mansions and other beautiful Victorian-style summer villas around the island by horse-drawn carriage tour – on one of the islands this is the only allowed means of transport, motor vehicles are strictly prohibited. At the end of the day drive to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
Location: Mısır Çarşısı, Mısır Çarşısı, Bosphorus
Upon breakfast at the hotel check out, According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your half-day tour. Visit Spice Bazaar; Built-in 1664 it is on an ‘L’ shape with six gates. It was called Egyptian Bazaar during the ottoman period because shopkeepers used to sell herbs and spices brought throughout Egypt and Asia. Today still many spice shops and herb specialists are continuing their business there, You can get the mesmerizing spice smells from a mile away.
Next, Cruising on Bosphorus; where you will enjoy a magnificent view. A great history, beautiful nature. The Bosphorus divides Europe and Asia geographically but connects culturally & historically. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion, you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, Rustem Pasa Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, and further along with the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. This cruise will be highlights of your trip to Istanbul. At the end of the tour drive you back to your hotel, take your luggage, and drive you to Istanbul airport/bus station for your next destination. End of our service.
Transfers from/to Airport
Entry Tickets to the historical sites
Free wi-fi available at the hotel
Day tours with professional English speaking guide
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