Classic Istanbul - Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. HAGIA SOPHIA, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.BLUE MOSQUE, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.HIPPODROME, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city.Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.GRAND COVERED BAZAAR, most attractive shopping center and biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs.
Ottoman Relics - TOPKAPI PALACE, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section.RÜSTEM PAŞA MOSQUE, designed by the court architect Sinan for the Grand Vizier of Süleyman The Magnificent. A typical sample of Islamic architecture amidst the rows of shops near the Spice Bazaar, famed with its exquisite and colorful tiles set in floral and geometric designs.
Private Boat Tours - GOLDEN HORN(from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, 21 kms. long City Walls, the strongest fortification of the middle age. SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc. BOSPHORUS CRUISE, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments .RUMELİ FORTRESS (from the sea/no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture.
From Europe to Asia - DOLMABAHÇE PALACE, recent residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier.BOSPHORUS BRIDGE, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.ÇAMLICA HILL, exposing a panoramic view of İstanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view.
Princes Islands - Cruise in the MARMARA SEA to PRINCES' ISLANDS by Maritime Lines boat. Stop at BÜYÜKADA, the popular summer resort with sandy beaches and pinewood scenery, once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes.Tour of the island by horse-drawn carriages before lunch at a fish restaurant.Evening return to İstanbul and transfer to hotels.also visioned during the tour TOPKAPI PALACE • LEANDER' S TOWER • ÜSKÜDAR from the sea
Dinner Cruise by Night - Dinner with a rich variety of specialities from the Turkish and international cuisine including unlimited local drinks on board of a Bosphorus yacht. Belly dancers... Folklore show...Cruise through the Bosphorus waterway separating the two continents Europe and Asia, viewing the architectural masterpieces from different times of history; marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman style besides modern residentials.
Bosphorus Sunset Cruises - An enchanted evening cruise starts while you sip your welcome drink and enjoy the marvelous scenery as the sun sets on the Bosphorus. Chance to view and photograph the precious relics of three world dominating Empires: Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. The Royal Dolmabahçe Palace, the late residence of the Ottoman Sultans; Bosphorus and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges connecting the two continents Asia and Europe;
Rumeli Fortress, the historical armament built by the Conqueror Sultan; the marble palaces and the ancient wooden villas of Ottoman style besides modern residentials.
Istanbul by Night - Dinner at a first class restaurant with limited local drinks included, watching spectacular Floorshow of famous Belly Dancers and typical Anatolian Folk Dances. Groups featuring popular musical instruments and Turkish singers.