Day2 (Istanbul) B
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.
, 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 ourBosporus 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.Drive to hotel dinner is on your ovn
Day 3 ( Tekirdağ- Gallipoli) B L D
Today we drive about two hours to westeward to visit an organic vineyard which is a butique place. The winery is located in the middle of a village which is about 14.5 hectar estate of which half is currently producing wine grapes. The organic growing methods are employed since the vineyard is established in 2005 and an organic grower certificate is awarded in 2010. The first vintage is 2008. The half of the estate is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, one third is planted with Merlot and remaining with Syrah and Pino.Than we drive to Tekirdağ city for lunch. After that a nice drive to Gallipoli peninsula to our hotel which has a unique winary and a vineyard also.Before a nice dinner we will organise a wine tour here.
Day 4 (Canakkale-Gallipoli) B L D
After breakfast we drive to Canakkale. Our Gallipoli Campaign
begins today. The peninsula is filled with cemeteries, a war museum and
many memorials to the tragic events of 1915. As you enter this almost barren land, you can still sense the war and heartache that onc
e dominated the landscape, breaking the silent air.Our first visits will be to Anzac Cove
,and Chunuk Bair
. Amongst the numerous sights also visited will be Shrapnel Valley, Walker’s Ridge, the Nek and the surrounding trenches.We have included lunch in a local restaurant.Afternoon we cross Dardanelles by ferry. A visit to Troy archeological site on the Asian side.We drive back to Canakkale port to take the ferry baoat back to European side to drive back to our hotel to stay another night there.
Day 5 ( Gallipoli-Tekirdağ-Istanbul)
After breakfast we are departing for the last visit to see another vineyard to have planty of time to spend and relax for some time and also to have a nice lunch whill having our nice wines together.
With a philosophy of “giving back earth, what we have taken from earth”, we do organic, sustainable and biodynamic agriculture. Our Wine House located in the middle of the action is open 12 months a year for visitors that want to come and stay with us or just want to drop by for a bottle of wine. During winter, you can enjoy the warmth of the fire place, in spring, witness the awakening of the vineyards and in summer, watch how we treat Cabernet Sauvignoni Merlot, Syrah, Grenach & Mourverdre grapes, “chateau style”. When the sun starts to set, you can enjoy a glass of wine, with a view of the Marmara Sea.After having our lunch we have a nice drive to Istanbul to our hotel.