EVERY MONDAY FROM 25.03.2019
Welcome to Ataturk Istanbul Airport. Meet and transfer to your hotel, Transfer from airport & check in
to your hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to ST. SOPHIA This
ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in
the 6th century is one of the architectural marvels of all time. TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of
the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal,
silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes were worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the
Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect
Mehmet is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik
tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the
Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with
each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts,
such as hand-painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers,
onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Dinner. Overnight in
Pick up at 08:30am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosporus Cruise and Shopping Tour. Visit the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion, you will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries. RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosporus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world. BEYLERBEYI PALAS (PALACE) The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul. BOSPHORUS BRIDGE enjoys a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). CAMLICA HILL the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it, you can rest and
admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style. SHOPPING TOUR (after the cruise) Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewelry, handcrafts center and a modern leatherwear show. And transfer back to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and you’ll be transferred to the Airport for a flight back with
all the great memories in your luggage.