DT01 - Half Day Panoramic Tour;1/2 Day Tour

Blue Mosque; famous with its blue tiles and unique with its 6 minarets and high & wide dome built in 17th century. Hippodrome; the centre of sportive(chariot races and athletics)events and political activities of Byzantine Empire; The 400-meter Hippodrome is an open "U" shape facing Hagia Sophia, and was built in 203CE by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. The opening of the "U" was the beginning of the important land roadway called the "Via Egnatia". The Hippodrome was the site of the 30,000 slaughtered in the NIKA revolt. This was the largest Hippodrome ever built, with some reports suggesting it was made to seat 100,000 people.. Serpentine Coloumn; dedicated fort he victory of Byzantinr against Persia. Obelisk of Theodosus; brought from Egypt and German Fountain was a gift from German Emperor Wilhelm II. Grand Covered Bazaar; worlds largest soug with more than 4000 shops.

 

DT02 - Turkish Hammam Tour; Half Day Tour

Enjoying authentic style of Turkish bath known as Hamam and famous all around the Word. Especially at "Cemberlitas Hamami" which was built by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan in 1584, this an expeirence no one should miss. Closed on Sunday, different sections for ladies and gentlemans.

 

DT03 - Istanbul By Night & Dinner Show Tour; Night Tour

Enjoy a scenic evening drive through a majestic city of illuminated palaces, mosques and bridges before arriving at the restaurant. Savor a full-course meal, ½ bottle wine included, accompanied by a live musical and dance performance from a variety of regional Folk Dancers, renowned Belly Dancers and Turkish Pop Musicians, in full costume before you. Includes dinner, show and transportation.

 

DT04 - Istanbul Main Tour; Full Day Tour

We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia. (Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture.) Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in the palace of Ibrahim Pasha, grand vezir to Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, houses exhibits from many eras, but is most famous for its collection of Ottoman carpets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar, was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures - including carpets and rugs, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. After lunch, we begin our tour at Topkapi Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabolous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. The Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest and grandest of Istanbul's imperial mosques. It dates from the 16th century heyday of the Ottoman Empire, and was designed by Sinan, the greatest architect of his day and originator of the Classical Ottoman style of architecture. *On Mondays, when Saint Sophia is closed, we visit the Chora Church, famed for its mosaics and frescoes.* Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced by Archaeological Museum.

 

DT05 - Bosphorus Boat Cruise; 1/2 Day Tour

After a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, we embark on an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. Winding between wooded hills, it is lined with mosques, castles, 19th century mansions, picturesque villages and the extravagant baroque places of the late Ottoman sultans. Can be arranged either in the morning or in the afternoon.

 

DT06 - Occidental Tour & Bosphorus Cruise; Full Day Tour

Your today's visits will start with the 2. Important palace of the Ottomans-The Dolmabahce Palace (also known as the "Late Palace", where Ataturk- the founder of the Turkish Republic in 1923-spend his last days and died in 1938 on 10th November!)- Where much more original interior decoration of the palace is still to be seen compared to Topkapi-Palace! Then the boat picks you up from Kabatas Port for your cruise tou along Bosphorus, the tour finishes at the end of a visit to the Spice Bazaar (DT04).

 

DT07 - The Princess Islands Tour; Full Day Tour

You simply join us aboard a ferry bound for the charming Princes' Islands. Our destination is Büyükada, the largest of the island chain, but we will pass by four other islands on the way. All are famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation and ornate Ottoman houses, and on all of them cars are banned. The preferred means of transportation is the charming horse-drawn carriage known as the phaeton, which we will use on our circular tour of Büyükada, passing elegant mansions draped in brilliant purple bougainvillea. You will feel as though you have stepped back into a more leisured and gracious age, almost expecting grand 19th century ladies and gentlemen to come strolling down to the waterfront on an afternoon promenade. Lunch will be at one of the many excellent traditional Seafood Restaurants on the waterfront, gazing across the water at the Asian shore of Istanbul, so close though it feels worlds away.

Pick up time from hotel: 08.30

Ending time: 18.00ISTANBUL TOURS

 

 

* The tours include tansportation by A/C vehicles, official tour guide, all entry fees to the attractions & museums as mentioned on the iteniary and taxes."

 

 

 

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