İSTANBUL: EURO ASIATIC METROPOL

ISTANBUL CITY TOUR ( Full day including lunch ) KT- 01

Full day city sightseeing tour starting with the visit of Hippodrome Square built by the Roman Emperor Septimus. Later Sultanahmet Mosque, also called Blue Mosque will be visited. It is the most famous monument in both Turkish and Islamic worlds and the only mosque built with six minarets.

Hagia Sophia ordered by Emperor Justinianus during the 6th. century , being considered to be a masterpiece of Byzantine Art. Its first construction dates back to the period of Emperor Constantine the Great. Hagia Sophia served 916 years as a Greek Orthodox church and 477 years as a mosque. It was converted into a museum by the year 1935 with orders of Ataturk. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Visit of Topkapi Palace in the afternoon , overlooking Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Topkapi Palace was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for several centuries. Sections of unique Chinese & Japanese porcelains ^Treasury collection of Ottoman Dynasty. Istanbul sightseeing tour can not be completed without a visit to the Grand Bazaar ; the oldest and largest covered market place in the world with its more than four thousand shops. After visiting the Grand Bazaar return to the hotel.

BOSPHORUS TOUR (Full day with lunch) KT-02

Morning cruise by chartered boat along the Bosphorus up to Tarabya . This cruise starts from Golden Horn and then continues its Zigzag course on the Bosphorus passing various Palaces , beautiful parks , old seaside summer houses and impressive fortresses. The ship will also sail under the two bridges linking Asia and Europe before making its final stop in Tarabya ; a summer resort with lots of restaurants and little cafes . Lunch will be served in a typical seafood restaurant by the Bosphorus.

Drive over the Bosphorus Bridge to the Asian side and enjoy a break at Çamlıca Hill. The visit of Beylerbeyi Palace is also inclusive . This Palace located near the foot of the Bosphorus Bridge on the Asian Shore, is used to be a summer imperial mansion to accomodate visiting state dignitaries. After visiting the Palace return to the hotel.

BYZANTINE HIGHLIGHTS ( Half day ) KT- 03


Half day city sightseeing tour starting with the visit of the Hippodrome Square built by the Roman Emperor Septimus, in the year of203. Visit of Hagia Sophia , considered to be a Masterpiece of Byzantine Art; first construction by Constantine the Great & present one ordered by Justinianus . Its first construction dates back from the 4th. century AD. Hagia Sophia served 916 years as a church and 477 years as a mosque and than it was turned into a museum in 19 3 6.Afterwards visit of Underground Basilica Cistern , which is the largest underground reservoir in Istanbul. Underground Cistern (Yerebatan) was built in the 6th. century during Justinianus' s reign and supplied water to the nearby palace complex.

 

OTTOMAN HIGHLIGHTS ( Half day ) KT-04

Half day city sightseeing tour starting with the visit of the Blue Mosque.It was founded in the name of Sultan Ahmet I as Royal Mosque, and was constructed by the architect Sedefkar Mehmet Ağa, Sinan the Great's student. Having blue & green tiles used for decoration within the monument, it is also called as "Blue Mosque". It is the only mosque in the world built with six minarets. Afterwards visit of Topkapı Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for several centuries, which overlooks the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Topkapi Palace is the most extensive monument of Turkish civil architecture. The monument occupies 700.000 squaremeters, and is a building complex of 4 courts .kiosks ,mosques and fountains. Topkapi Palace has a rich collection of Chinese, Japanese porcelain Jewelry collections of the Ottoman Dynasty, as well as religious relics, which goes back to the time of ProphetMohammed. Harem will also be visited within the Palace complex.

BOSPHORUS BY NIGHT ON LUXURY CRUISE KT - 05

An enchanted night cruise starts while you sip your welcome drink as the sun sets on Istanbul. Beneath the Bosphorus Bridge by moonlight, glide past the Çırağan Palace, Dolmabahçe Palace on European shore and Beylerbeyi Palace, Kanlıca and Anatolian Fortress on Asian shore. A rich variety of open buffet dishes, specialities of Turkish Cuisine and barbecue, including unlimited local

drinks. Upon special request a belly dancer, classical Turkish musicians or Trio musicians can also be provided.

 

 

ISTANBUL BY NIGHT TOUR KT - 06

Drive through illuminated Istanbul. Dinner at a first class restaurant . Watching spectacular Floor show of famous belly dancers , typical Anatolian folklore groups featuring popular musical instruments and Turkish singers.

PRINCES' ISLANDS ( Full Day including lunch ) KT- 07

A full day tour starting with a cruise by the excursion yacht to the Princes' Islands - an archipelago consisting of small couple of islands in the Sea of Marmara. These islands are popular summer resorts with ideal picnic areas and beautiful beaches. The boat will sail passing Kınalı Ada, Burgaz , Heybeli and finally reaching to the biggest island called Biiyukada. Lunch will be served at one of the seafood restaurants by the sea.

In the afternoon guests will participate a tour of the island by horse - drawn carriages , which are the only unique transportation facility . This popular ride will take you through elegant wooden summer houses , beautiful gardens and also through a pine forest before coming back to the center of town. Afterwards guests will board the chartered boat and return to Istanbul.

BURSA TOUR ( Full day including lunch ) KT - O8

Full day excursion to Bursa. Visit of Green Mosque and Mausoleum , Grand Mosque (Ulu Camii), Tomb of Osman Gazi ( Founder of Ottoman Empire ) and Orhan Gazi. Lunch at a local restaurant in Bursa. Afterwards visit of old Silk Market and Covered Bazaar. Depending on time swimming facility by hot thermal baths (this city is very famous with thermal baths). Return to Istanbul.

EPHESUS TOUR (Full day including lunch ) KT - 09

Early morning flight to Izmir. Upon arrival departure to Ephesus. Visit of ancient city with its legendary marble streets , amphitheater , Hadrian's Temple and the library of Celsius . Lunch at a local restaurant in Selçuk. Afterwards visit the archeological museum, St. John ' s Basilica and Virgin Mary' s House. Return to Izmir airport late in the afternoon for the flight to Istanbul.

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