Classic Istanbul Tour

Blue Mosque: The greatest one is the Sultanahmet Mosque popularly known as the Blue Mosque as its interior is richly decorated with 21000 blue tiles from İznik. lts the last great project of classical Ottoman architecture. The 400 year old mosque is one of only two mosques in Turkey with 6 minarets.

Hagia Sophia: The most important surviving work of Byzantine architecture from 6 AD, it gives a fascinating inside look into the diverse history of lstanbul. ln its 1500 year life span, it has served as a cathedral , a mosque and now its one of the greatest museums in the world. lt was built by the Emperor Justinian who wanted this church to be the largest Christian church in the world and to stand as a symbol of the glorious Byzantine Empire. The Greek church of Divine Wisdom was also greatly admired in the lslamic world and influenced the design of many other Ottoman mosques.
Hippodrome: This was the center of civillian life and also doubled as a race track. During the life of this city it has become the scene of countless political and military dramas. Three monuments remain – the German Fountain, the Serpintine Column and the Obelisk

Grand Bazaar:This is the first shopping mall in the world .As one of the oldest and largest historical bazaars in the world. Grand Bazaar is beyond imagination for many travellers. lts a city in itself. lt covers about 350.000 square feet and has 4000 shops, 65 streets, 2 fabric market, fountains and mosques. lt has being the center of commerce , trade and industrial activity through out its long history.You can find a wide variety of products such as jewellery, carpets, silver, handbags, souvenirs and more.

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Topkapı Palace: Canon Gate Palace is a magnificent Oriental palace overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. It was the imperial residence of the 25 Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the mid 19th century. Today it is one of the richest museums in the world with outstanding collections of Chinese porcelains , imperial thrones, holy relics, sultans khaftans and the imperial treasury. Apart from being the residence of the Ottman sultans, the palace was also the administrative , cultural and educational center of the Ottoman empire. The palace contians a school in which civil servants were educated, a very spacious kitchen , a library, exquisively decorated pavillions and St lrene Church.
Harem: lt was a seperate world and undoubtedly the most interesting place in the palace. It reflects the private lives of the Sultans and their families in all its glory.

 

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Fener Balat Tour

A mosaic of faiths

Istanbul has always been a melting pot of religions and cultures since antiquity. Fener and balat walking tour is the best way to witness the multicultural background of Istanbul, rich in history , monuments and gastronomic delicacies. This area has been home to many different communities such as Armenians , Jews, Christians and Muslims. Although included in the Unesco World Heritage list , these neighborhoods are normally overlooked by visitors.

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While we are strolling through the colorful streets of Fener&Balat we will witness different layers of history and discuss the changing social and political life of Istanbul.
During the walk we will pass by churches, synagogues, mosques,dervish convents, picturesque ottoman houses, wonerful wooden mansions.

Highlights

City walls, anemas dungeons, Panagia Blachernae Holy springs and & church, Kazasker İvaz efendi mosque, Holy archangels Armenian church, Fener Greek High school, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.

 

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5 Days Best of Istanbul

 

Day 1 :Istanbul
Arrive in lstanbul, a city of many contrasts. Our guide meets you and private transfer to your hotel by the Bosphorus shore. The remainder of the day is yours, free to explore Istanbul.
SUMAHAN BOSPHORUS HOTEL

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Day 2 :lstanbul old city
Explore the extraordinary Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, then to Basilica Cistern, Its the most impressive water reservoir, continue to Istanbul Archaeological Museum, which housed in three building.The museum of ancient Orient, the tiles Pavillion,The Alexander Sarcophagus is the highlights of museum, then drive to Chora Church; an exquisite monument from the Byzantine Empire. This little church is one of the 30 ‘must see’ museums in the world. It has many impressive mosaics and frescos illustrating scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary, next visit to Suleymaniye Mosque. A splendid 16th centruy mosque.

Breakfast Lunch
Day 3 :Palaces of lstanbul
A day exploring the palaces of Ottoman era.Topkapı Palace, Canon Gate Palace is a magnificent Oriental palace overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. It was the imperial residence of the 25 Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the mid 19th century. Today it is one of the richest museums in the world with outstanding collections of Chinese porcelains , imperial thrones, holy relics, sultans khaftans and the imperial treasury. Harem: lt was a seperate world and undoubtedly the most interesting place in the palace.

Dolmabahçe Palace, built by Aldulmecit between 1843-1856 it is an example of the turn towards European style by the Sultan. Was home to Sultans and Atatürk.

Beylerbeyi Palace was built as summer residance for Sultan Abdulaziz but used as a guest house for Sultans guest.Some of the furnutire in the palace was made sultan himself. Lunch by the bosphorus Cengelköy.

Breakfast Lunch

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Day 4 :Bosphorus and Bazaars
Today we travel by private boat up to the Bosphorus,the jewel of Istanbul, the majestic waterway that separates Asia and Europa. Continue to unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus and enjoy the wonderful surroundings, like palaces, grandiose waterfront mansions,imposing fortresses.

Spice Bazaar ,One of the İstanbul’s most colorful bazaars with different aromas of various spices and taste famous Turkish baklava then have turkish coffee at old caravanserai. Continue to world famous Grand Bazaar, As one of the oldest and largest historical bazaars in the world the Grand Bazaar is beyond imagination for many travellers. lt has being the center of commerce , trade and industrial activity through out its long history.Lunch at famous kebap house in bazaar.Then continue to dazzling Blue Mosque, is one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul.It takes its name from the exquisite tiles and only imperial mosque with six minarets.

Breakfast Lunch

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Day 5 :Balat & Fener & Pera
lstanbul has many colorful neighborhood each comes with something unique and fener balat walking tour is truly a spectacular thing to do .Fener & Balat neighborhoods are rich in history and unique in their own ways.Get lost amidst the cobbled-stoned street of fener balat. Sheltring different religions ethnicities and backrounds.With its sinagog and churches and mosques the area is melting pot the jewish, armenian and turkish people.After driving along the Byzantine city walls, we go to Pierre Loti Hill and drink our cup of Turkish coffee.Afternoon we walk in Pera , the pedestrian avenue and it was a residential area for Greeks and Jews after the Ottoman conquest in 15th Century.

End of the day , we transfer you to international airport for your flight home.Thank you for spending your vacation in lstanbul.

 

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Private Boat Tour on Bosphorus

Bosphorus is jewel of lstanbul.We offer you a great trip by luxury yatch and cruise untill second bosphorus bridge with our private yatch.

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We will have an unforgatteble and unique experience by bosphorus, During tour we will see Dolmabahce Palace ,Ciragan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Rumeli Fortress, Kucuksu Pavilion,Kanlica, Cengelköy, Asian side and more sights .During tour you can have your own lunch and drinks as you wish.
After tour our private driver will transfer you to your hotel.
Have a great journey

 

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