Welcome to Istanbul, Upon arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will be welcomed by your representative and transfered to your hotel by a air conditioned - de luxe coach.
Check - in time is 1 pm. Early check-in is upon to availability. At 8 pm. you’ll be picked up for Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Turkish Night Show with Belly Dancer ( Dinner and Local Drinks are free ) Sail up the Bosphorus, the waterway between Europe and Asia, passing under the suspension bridges and viewing Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and modern villas which line the European and Asian coasts.
TOUR PROGRAM : Welcome cocktail on deck, D.J. music, Katibim (A traditional Turkish melody musical performance), Asuk Masuk (Asuk Masuk is an imitation play of dwarfs which belongs to the Taseli district of Silifke and is performed by 2 male dancers), Belly Dancer, Henna Ceremony, Turna Folk Team, Turkish Romany Dance
Overnight in Istanbul.
Early Morning, we’ll begin to explore to city with a full day tour. At this tour you’ll see the major places of the Old istanbul within a day. One of our representatives will take you from your hotel and bring you together with your tour guide around 8 am. according to your hotel location. The itinerary of this walking tours is;
Topkapi Imperial Palace - Topkapi Sarayi
It took 18 years to build palace that started to build in 1460 and completed in 1478 which is ordered to build by Fatih Sultan Mehmet whom is the conqueror of Istanbul. Topkapi palace was the house of Sultans and family as well as Sultan controlled empire from there. Topkapi palace transformed into a museum in 1924 and declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. (Harem Section is not included in the itinerary because it subjects to additional time and fee so please check with your tour guide if you would like to spend time over there on your own.)
Grand Bazaar - Kapali Carsi (1461) (Closed on Sundays & replaced with Spice Bazaar ) : It has 4.200 Shops, 65 huge streets and first bank of WORLD that each day 500.000 people visit and 25.00 people works. Bazaar is built in 1461 by the order of Fatih Sultan Mehmet that area gain good importance for commerce and trading. Lunch will be provided in a cozy local restaurant. Hagia Sophia - Aya Sofya : Magnificent structure which is started building In 532 with the order of King Justinian to 2 architects that thousands of people worked to build and took 5 years to complete. Finally it is opened in 537 and it still stands as originally from that time till nowadays. It is a Master church of Orthodox Christianity and converted to Catholic Church then converted to Mosque and Ataturk (Founder of Turkish Republic) converted there to Museum and now serves as a museum for guests from all over the world.
Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmet Cami ( It’s not available to visit on Fridays due to Friday pray )
Student of Head architect Mimar Sinan whom is ‘ Sedefkar Mehmet Aga’ completed New Mosque/ Sultanhmet Camii (Blue mosque) in 7 years at 1616 and still serves as a Mosque but people call it as ‘Blue’ because of the tiles in decoration in interior side at totally 23.042 special and handmade.
Hippodrome of Constantinople - Sultanahmet Meydani.
Hippo Means ‘Horse’ Drome means ‘square’ in Turkish Horse Square. Because of the chariot races and gladiators wars from AD 203 till 1453. People called as Sultanahmet Square due to name of area.
After the tour you’ll transferred back to your hotel. Indian Dinner.
Dolmabahce Palace - Dolmabahçe Sarayi
(Closed on Mondays - Thursdays & replaced with Chora Museum)
Served as Palace from 1856 till 1923 for Sultans and converted to Museum. It has Biggest hall in Europe’s palaces. Dolmabahce Palace is decorated with Art Nouveau and Baroque style and the palace has cost 5 million Ottoman gold coins which are equal to 40 tons of gold today. 14 tons of gold in the form of gold leaf were used to gild the ceilings of the palace. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk passed away in Dolamabce Palace. (Harem Section is not included in the itinerary because it needs additional time and fee so please check with your tour guide if you would like to spend time over there on your own.)
Bosphorus Bridge - Bogaziçi Köprüsü
The bridge started to build in 1970 and completed in 1973 that took 3 years and connects Europa to Asia.
Camlica Hill - Çamlica Tepesi
Istanbul known as 7 hilled city and Camlica Hill highest of them which is 260 meters long where you can see spectacular view.
Golden Horn - Haliç (By Bus)
It is called as Horn because of its shape and it is called as Golden that on evening sun gives golden color on water that people called as Golden Horn mostly synagogues and Bulgarian Church as well as Greek orthodox church located.
Fener Greek Patriarchate - Fener Rum Patrikhanesi
Among the most modern Orthodox churches makes it very important place to visit. Since 1586, the Headquarter of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate located in Fener area which gives its name.
Afternoon optionally you can transferred back to hotel and have a free time to discover the city by your own.
Evening Indian Dinner.
Your hotel is in the city center, discover the city by your own.
After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch the flight back to your country. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future.
Mr. Shalin Patel
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