Taste of Istanbul
the Exotic Empress of the World
Istanbul, Empire in the year 324 in, this sparkling metropolis was named Istanbul in 1453 by Mehmet II. This exotic city that both geographically as well as culturally, spans two continents has captured man’s imagination and interest for more than 2,000 years. It was the safe harbors that probably first tempted person to settle here. That it harbors (the Golden Horn) continues to day to be the city’s centerpiece. On one side is modern Istanbul.The other bank is studded with minarets reaching gracefully for the heavens. Roman’s influence is visible in many places, but nowhere more so than at the Hippodrome, just beside the Blue Mosque. Modeled after Rome’s own, Circus Maximus, and the Hippodrome once held some 100,000 spectators. The Blue Mosque, with its distinctive, six minarets, 260 windows and interior of shimmering blue patterned tiles; St. Sophia that was first a Christian basilica was originally in 347 AD. 57 years later it was destroyed by fire Emperor Theodosius reconstruction’s did not survive either the church was destroyed during the great Nika rebellion in 532, Topkapi Palace, with its fascinating harem, vast treasury, laden with goose-sized jewels and golden thrones, on which once set the most powerful persons on earth.
Day 01: ISTANBUL
Arrival Atatürk Airport in Istanbul. Transfer from airport to your hotel and start your day. Tour of “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
The Topkapı Palace is among the monuments contained within the “Historic Areas of Istanbul”, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, and is described under UNESCO’s criterion iv as “the best example[s] of ensembles of palaces of the Ottoman period. Topkapi Palace; residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide Commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program) Have a lunch in Topkapi Palace Restaurant (Optional). After the lunch break we are visiting Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Return to your hotel and overnight.
Day 02: ISTANBUL
We depart at 08:30 for the Istanbul city tour. Visit the Chora Museum (Kariye Müzesi) is a church building that constitutes the center of the Chora Monastery, which was a great building complex in the Eastern Roman Empire period, and it was dedicated to Jesus Christ. Then enjoying the Süleymaniye Camii (Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent) Built in 1550 by the renowned architect Mimar Sinan. Drive to Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, Constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Continue to the famous Grand Covered Bazaar, (Kapalı Çarşı) the world’s oldest most attractive shopping center and the biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelers, gold, carpets, leather ware and souvenir.
(Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request.) (B)
Day 03: ISTANBUL
After breakfast you will be meet your guide and drive to the famous Spice Market. It is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. There are different accounts regarding the origin of the name of the bazaar. Various spices from the Orient were offered here in the past, Egyptian Bazaar was so named because the spices used to be imported from Egypt. On the other hand, in the Byzantine period, the site of the Spice Bazaar was the center of corn trade. And the word “Misir” has a double meaning in Turkish: “Egypt” and “corn“. Spice Market also known as the “Egyptian Market” and “Misir Carsisi”. After visit, transfer to the pier for a ferryboat cruises along the European and Asian sides of town with possibility to take pictures of marble palaces; Ancient wooden Yali (waterside villas). (B)
Day 04: RETURN!
Transfer to the airport. for departure to ongoing destination (B)
P. P. in Dbl from € 520.00
Sgl Supplement € 230.00
Hagia Sophia on Monday,
Blue Mosque; visited from outside on Friday mornings until 13:00 because of noon-pray,
Topkapı Palace on Tuesday,
Grand Covered Bazaar on Sunday,
Dolmabahçe Palace on Monday & Thursday ,
St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Museum) on Wednesday
- There are two airports in Istanbul
Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center,
Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center.
Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included,
if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.