Turkey Cultural Tour   
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
In this tour; 3 nights in Istanbul. We visit; Hagia Sophia (Church of Divine Wisdom), St. Savior Chora (Kariye) Museum, Taksim Square, Bosphoros cruise, Spice Marke t(Egyptian Bazaar),Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Underground cistern, Grand Bazaar. Breakfasts are at Hotel, Dinners and lunches on your own .Day 2 we have lunch together which is included. Istanbul is a sprawling city of ten million people, partly in Europe and partly in Asia, with its geography defined by three famous waterways: the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus Strait, and the Golden Horn. The Sea of Marmara lies to the south. The Bosporus Strait divides the European and Asian sections of the city and forms the route from the Marmara to the Black Sea. The Golden Horn divides European Istanbul into the modern Beyoglu section to the north and Old Stamboul (Eski Istanbul) to the south. The famous Galata Bridge spans the Golden Horn to link these two parts of the city.
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Ottoman-Byzantine treasures and Bosphoros Cruise Tour (3 nights/4 days)
Programme
Day 1  
Today, we arrive in Istanbul, where a transferman will meet us at the airport. We transfer to our hotel downtown, and have a brief orientation late in the afternoon.
This evening, we can discover any of the Turkish restaurants in the area as we enjoy dinner on our own.
 
Day 2 (Istanbul) B D
This morning we visit Hagia Sophia, the "Church of Divine Wisdom." Completed under the Emperor Justinian in AD 537, the magnificent dome of the Hagia Sophia was once the pre-eminent architectural wonder of the Byzantine world. The massive building was a Christian church for almost a thousand years, until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, when Mehmet the Conqueror claimed it for Islam. The building served as a mosque until 1934, when the revolutionary leader and founder of the Republic, Kemal Atatürk, proclaimed it as a museum. This impressive structure has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour of Istanbul including visits of St. Saviour in Chora - (Kariye Museum) Originaly formed the center of a Byzantine Monastery complex. Only the church section which was dedicated to Jesus Christ the Saviour, has survived. .Continue your tour with the visit of Taksim Squere.We have lunch on our own, and then board the Old Tram for a ride down Istiklal Street to the heart of Art Nouveau Istanbul. Istanbul has many Art Nouveau buildings; several were designed by the Italian architect Raimondo Tommasso d'Aronco, the chief palace architect for the last Ottoman sultan, Abudulhamid II, who ruled from 1876 to 1909. D'Aronco drew heavily Ottoman and Islamic architecture and art, reinterpreting them through the lens of the then-popular European Art Nouveau movement and its organic, floral forms. The results can be seen in the many beautiful palaces and grand private homes he designed for Istanbul's government and its elite citizens.Continue your tour with the visit of Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar built in the 17th century, this is the second largest covered bazaar in Istanbul. On to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, where the pungent and savory aroma of exotic oils, herbs and spices have perfumed the arched stone corridors for nearly 350 years. Now also proferring nuts, honey, dried fruits, traditional sweets and herbal remedies, the Spice Bazaar’s redolent wares will transform you into a veritable spice trader!.This afternoon, we take to the water for our Bosporus cruise. You can look north to the “European” district of Galata, or east to the Asiatic side of the Bosporus and the Maiden’s Tower. In ancient times, the Golden Horn could be closed off to warships with a giant chain stretching from here to Seraglio Point. Following our cruise, we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant
 
Day 3 (Istanbul) B
This morning, we'll discover some of Istanbul's most famous sites on foot, includingTopkapi Palace. Mehmet the Conqueror started building this complex in about 1459 and it served as the royal palace of the Ottoman sultans until 1853. Today, it is one of the world's richest museums, with a staggering collection of jewels, arms, porcelain, sculpture, manuscripts, and more. Next, we stop at the classic Blue Mosque, so-called for the shimmering blue tiles that line its interior. Flanked by symmetrical soaring minarets, it is one of the defining elements of the Istanbul skyline. This classic of Ottoman architectural design was constructed under the patronage of Sultan Ahmet I, from 1609-1616.Hippodromme,center of sporting (chariots races,athletics)events and political activities of the old city.
The Blue Mosque,one of the famous mosgues of the Ottomans are known for it’s blue Iznık tiles and unique with its 6 minarets.Today lunch is on your own.After the lunch. Just a short walk across the square takes us to the Underground Cistern, the largest of the many underground cisterns built during the Byzantine Empire to supply the city with water. This cistern is especially fascinating because the Byzantine builders recycled many stone structures—capital heads and columns-- that had been used in earlier temples. Now an upside down Medusa stares out at us from her watery home. The tour will end with the visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry, and carpets. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 4  B
After breakfast ,transfer to Atatürk Airport for your flight to .....
 
Included
Daily breakfast, Lunches & Dinners where indicated. ( Drinks are not included during the lunches & Dinners ) • Transportation by A/C deluxe vehicle • English speaking professional tour guide through the tour • All entry fees to the sites & museums • Tips to the hotel and restaurant staff • Service charges & local taxes
Excluded
International & Domestic Flight tickets • Drinks and meals which are not listed at the itinerary • All personal expenses • Tips to the tour guide and driver.
Notes
In this tour; 3 nights in Istanbul.
We visit ;Hagia Sophia (Church of Divine Wisdom) ,St.Savior Chora( Kariye)Museum, Taksim Square, Bosphoros cruise,Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar ),Topkapi Palace ,Blue Mosque, Underground cistern, Grand Bazaar.
Breakfasts are at Hotel, Dinners and lunches on your own .Day 2 we have lunch together which is included.
Istanbul is a sprawling city of ten million people, partly in Europe and partly in Asia, with its geography defined by three famous waterways: the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus Strait, and the Golden Horn. The Sea of Marmara lies to the south. The Bosporus Strait divides the European and Asian sections of the city and forms the route from the Marmara to the Black Sea. The Golden Horn divides European Istanbul into the modern Beyoglu section to the north and Old Stamboul (Eski Istanbul) to the south. The famous Galata Bridge spans the Golden Horn to link these two parts of the city.
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Turkey Cultural Tour
Zincirlidere Cd.Sisli-Istanbul/Turkey
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Turkey Cultural Tour
Zincirlidere Cd.Sisli-Istanbul/Turkey
• Tel: +90 532 3163653 • Tel: +90 212 2893252 • Fax: +90 212 2893252
• tours@turkeyculturaltour.com, • http://www.turkeyculturaltour.com