General

TOUR ITINERARY
Morning tour
After having your breakfast at the hotel, you are going to be meeting with your guide at the reception and then your unforgatble day in Istanbul starts !
Istanbul (Constantinapole) ;Istanbul is the only city in the world that situated on two continents: Asia and Europe divided by Bosphorus Strait. Istanbul, capital city of three successive empires such as Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires with over 2,000 years of history as its location being on crossroads of Europe and Asia…
So in Istanbul you may feel the great mixture of oriental life and European life nested togather with different cultures all around you. Enjoy the harmony of those cultures, people and listen to the sound in Istanbul calling you…
Topkapi Palace; Your first visit will be the Topkapi Palace where you feel and learn the atmosphere of the life in Ottomans. Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and longest lasting Empires in history. It replaced the Byzantine Empire as the major power in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Ottoman period spanned more than 600 years and came to an end only in 1922, when it was replaced by the Turkish Republic.
Topkapi Palace is the subject of more colourful stories making you feel the Ottoman life in the palace and most probably could be the highlight of your day that comes as your next stop. Topkapi is the largest and oldest palace in the world to survive to our day. In 1924 it was turned into a museum by Ataturk’s request. Situated on the acropolis, the site of the first settlement in Istanbul, it commands an impressive view of the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. The palace is a complex surrounded by 5 km of walls and occupies an area of 700,000 sq. m at the tip of the historical peninsula.
Following the conquest of the city in 1453, the young Sultan Mehmet moved the capital of the empire to Istanbul, His first palace was located in the middle of the town. The second palace, which he built in the 1470’s, was initially called the New Palace, but in recent times it came to be known as the Topkapi Palace. Topkapı is a classical example of Turkish palace architecture. It consists of tree- shaded courtyards, each serving a different purpose and opening onto one another with monumental gates. The courtyards are surrounded by functional buildings. From the time of its construction, the palace developed constantly with alterations and additions made by each sultan.
Just imagine and enjoy the palace life with the explanations of your guide that make you feel like living in a palace for a while…
The Blue Mosque; After the visit in the Topkapi Palace, The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) comes as your next visit. This imperial mosque is an example of classical Turkish architecture, and it is the only mosque that was originally built with six minarets. The architect was a student of Sinan, the greatest architect of classical Turkish architecture. He applied a plan used previously by his master, but on a larger scale. It started to be built in 1609 and was finished in 1616 during the rule of Sultan Ahmed I and with a very good condition still an active mosque by the prayers.
The name “Blue” actually comes from the exquisite tiles that are over than 20,000 located inside the mosque. The areas above the tiles and the inside of the domes are decorated with paintwork.Tiles are such a kind of jewelery on the walls of interior design, which are called Iznik (historic Nicaea) tiles. A special quality of ceramic tiles and pottery produced in Iznik during the 15 and 16th centuries. These exquisite tiles and pottery represent the cultural and artistic zenith of the Ottoman Empire. The examples of these tiles and pottery are part of the best collections of museums in Turkey and all around the world.
Grand Bazaar, time for shopping for a while in one of the best shopping malls ever ! The world famous covered bazaar “The Grand Bazaar” (Kapalıçarsı) is, owing to its architecture, history, location, and sheer variety of merchandise, one of İstanbul’s most significant tourist sites. The Bazaar has eight different entrances, each of them facing one of the city’s most important historic monuments and there are more than 5000 shops located whether it be jewelers,antiques,carpets,copper or leather goods.. Built at the command of Sultan Mehmed the, Conqueror in 1461, the Bazaar initially consisted of just two warehouses (bedesten). In time, merchants began to set up their own stalls and workshops in the surrounding area. Dignitaries furthered the expansion with the addition of numerous caravanserais, so that soon the place had become a focus for trading goods from all over the empire.
You can find anything that you look for, even for yourselves even for your friends and relatives who waits some gifts from Turkey..! An important tip for you ; “do not forget to bargain !”. Part of the Turkish culture is “negotiation” which are not always very big amounts that we talk for discount but still remember that you are in the big city and Grand Bazaar is a tourist attraction more…
After the visit of Grand Bazaar, coming the end of an unforgatble day so you are going to be transferred back to your hotel.
Afternoon Tour
After having your breakfast at the hotel, you are going to be meeting with your guide at the reception and then your unforgatble day in Istanbul starts !
Istanbul (Constantinapole) ;Istanbul is the only city in the world that situated on two continents: Asia and Europe divided by Bosphorus Strait. Istanbul, capital city of three successive empires such as Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires with over 2,000 years of history as its location being on crossroads of Europe and Asia…
So in Istanbul you may feel the great mixture of oriental life and European life nested togather with different cultures all around you. Enjoy the harmony of those cultures, people and listen to the sound in Istanbul calling you…
Topkapi Palace; Your first visit will be the Topkapi Palace where you feel and learn the atmosphere of the life in Ottomans. Ottoman Empire was one of the largest and longest lasting Empires in history. It replaced the Byzantine Empire as the major power in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Ottoman period spanned more than 600 years and came to an end only in 1922, when it was replaced by the Turkish Republic.
Topkapi Palace is the subject of more colourful stories making you feel the Ottoman life in the palace and most probably could be the highlight of your day that comes as your next stop. Topkapi is the largest and oldest palace in the world to survive to our day. In 1924 it was turned into a museum by Ataturk’s request. Situated on the acropolis, the site of the first settlement in Istanbul, it commands an impressive view of the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. The palace is a complex surrounded by 5 km of walls and occupies an area of 700,000 sq. m at the tip of the historical peninsula.
Following the conquest of the city in 1453, the young Sultan Mehmet moved the capital of the empire to Istanbul, His first palace was located in the middle of the town. The second palace, which he built in the 1470’s, was initially called the New Palace, but in recent times it came to be known as the Topkapi Palace. Topkapı is a classical example of Turkish palace architecture. It consists of tree- shaded courtyards, each serving a different purpose and opening onto one another with monumental gates. The courtyards are surrounded by functional buildings. From the time of its construction, the palace developed constantly with alterations and additions made by each sultan.
Just imagine and enjoy the palace life with the explanations of your guide that make you feel like living in a palace for a while…
Rustem Pasa Mosque, This is the mosque with a central dome and a single minaret that arises amidst the rows of shops and storehouses near the Spice Bazaar. It creates a beautiful sight in the busiest commercial center in the city, together with the Süleymaniye Mosque on the slope behind. The architect Sinan built the mosque in 1561 for the Grand Vizier Rüstem Pasa. Spiraling staircases go up to the structure that is set above a row of shops. The interesting courtyard is actually a small terrace covered by five small domes.
The central dome rises atop four wall pillars and four columns, two on each side. Over the corners of the square space are four semidomes supporting the main dome. There are galleries behind the columns on the sides. The facade and the small, but attractive interior are decorated with the finest examples of Iznik tiles. The geometrical and leaf and flower motifs on the tiles give the interior a colorful flower garden appearance. The embossed coral-red color was used only for a short time in the 16th century.
Spice Market; still in use as one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665. It gains its Turkish name, Mısır Çarşısı (Egyptian Bazaar), from the fact that it once received income from taxes levied on Egypt. The English name hails from the days when the Bazaar specialized in the sale of herbs and spices, medicinal plants, and drugs. Nowadays it hosts 85 shops in the market.
Suleymaniye Mosque; The Mosque of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent is Istanbul’s largest and grandest which is one of the most popular sites to visit in Istanbul. It was constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1558. This impressive complex blended Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements. It combines tall, slender minarets with large domed buildings supported by half domes in the style of the Byzantine church Hagia Sophia. Also It references the Dome of the Rock, which was built on the site of the Temple of Solomon, as well as Justinian’s boast upon the completion of the Hagia Sophia.The mosque is 59 meters in length and 58 meters in width. The main dome is 53 meters high and has a diameter of 27.25 meters. Apart from the main mosque with the prayer hall and courtyard, the mosque complex also includes a caravanserai or seraglio, a public kitchen which served food to the poor, a hospital, a Qur’an school and a bath-house (hamam).
Feel the glory of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent in this mosque…
After the tour, coming the end of an unforgatble day so you are going to be transferred back to your hotel.

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Places to Visit

    Morning Tour
  • Grand Bazaar,
  • Topkapi Palace,
  • Blue Mosque,
    Afternoon Tour
  • Topkapi Palace,
  • Suleymaniye Mosque or Rustem Pasa Mosque,
  • Spice Market