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8 Days
Istanbul
Istanbul
8-Days Istanbul & Sapanca Lake Tour
Tour Code: IST24

Starting from

Istanbul

Ending at

Istanbul

Price Includes

  • 7-Nights accommodation at 4-star hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Air-conditioned private minivan
  • Fuel
  • Highway and bridge fees
  • Drivers' expenses
  • Airport meet and greet service

Price Excludes

  • Museum entrance fees
  • Car parking fees
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Lunch / Dinner
  • Personal expenses
Tour Schedule
  • Day 1Arrival at Istanbul & Transfer to hotel
  • Day 2Istanbul Old City Tour
  • Day 3Istanbul Golden Horn Tour
  • Day 4Istanbul Bosphorus European Shore Tour
  • Day 5Sapanca Lake & Mount Kartepe Tour (Day Trip from Istanbul)
  • Day 6Istanbul Asian Side Tour
  • Day 7Free Day
  • Day 8Transfer to airport & Departure
Tour Itinerary

Tour Program Details

Day-1: Arrival

Airport – Hotel transfer by private minivan.

Day-2: Istanbul Old City Tour

  • Hippodrome of Constantinople
  • Sultan Ahmet Mosque
  • German Fountain
  • Hagia Sophia Museum
  • Topkapı Palace Museum
  • Basilica Cistern

Hippodrome of Constantinople (Sultan Ahmet Square)

The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social center of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultan Ahmet Square with a few fragments of the original structure surviving.

Sultan Ahmet Mosque (The Blue Mosque)

The Sultan Ahmet Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as The Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Sultan Ahmed I.

Hagia Sophia Museum (Ayasofya)

Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox Church, later an imperial mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, from the date of its construction in 537 until 1453; it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931.

Topkapı Palace

Topkapı Palace is a large palace in Istanbul that was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years (1465–1856) of their 624-year reign. It is now a museum and as such a major tourist attraction. It also contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including Prophet Muhammad’s cloak and sword. The palace contained mosques, a hospital, and bakeries.

The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan)

One of the magnificent ancient buildings of Istanbul is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sofia. Constructed for Justinianus I, the Byzantium Emperor (527-565).

Day-3: Istanbul Golden Horn Tour

  • Chora Museum.
  • Panorama 1453 Museum (The Conquest of Constantinople).
  • Wall of Constantinople (Byzantine City Walls).
  • Miniatürk (Small Miniatures of Landmarks of Turkey and the World).
  • Eyüp Sultan Mosque and Pierre Loti Hill.

Chora Museum

The Chora Church, or Kariye Museum in Turkish, has one of the best examples of Byzantine mosaic art. The museum today is located at Kariye neighborhood near Edirnekapı city walls over the Golden Horn. Originally a Christian church, it was converted into a mosque after the Conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans, and after the Republic it became a museum.

Panorama 1453 Historical Museum

The museum is a panorama painting about the conquest of Constantinople. Here the visitor will witness a scene of the Fall of Constantinople, in particularly the moment the Ottoman troops broke the Byzantine defenses of the city. After the fall, the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, gained the title of ‘Fatih’ (The Conqueror).

Miniatürk

Miniatürk is a miniature park situated at the north-eastern shore of Golden Horn. It is one of the world’s largest miniature parks with its 15,000 m2 model area. The park contains 122 models done in 1/25th scale. 58 of the structures are from Istanbul, 52 are from Anatolia, and 12 are from the Ottoman territories that today lie outside of Turkey.

Eyüp Sultan Mosque

Eyüp Sultan Mosque is situated in the district of Eyüp outside the Walls of Constantinople. Built in 1458, it was the first mosque constructed by the Ottoman Turks following the Conquest of Constantinople in 1453.

Day-4: Istanbul Bosphorus European Shore Tour

  • Dolmabahçe Palace.
  • Istanbul Naval Museum.
  • Ortakoy Mosque.
  • Rumelian Castle.
  • Emirgan Park.

Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace is located in the Beşiktaş district on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922.

Istanbul Naval Museum

The Naval Museum is one of the most eminent naval museums in Turkey. In terms of the richness of its collections, it is one of the preeminent museums in the World. The collection of the museum consists of approximately 20.000 objects.

Ortaköy Mosque

Ortaköy Mosque, officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid), built in 1856, it is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus.

Rumelian Castle

Rumelian Castle is a fortress located on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It gives the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople.

Emirgan Park

It is one of the largest public parks in Istanbul. A special garden was established in Emirgan Park in the 1960s to revive the city’s tradition of tulip cultivation. Since 2005, an annual international tulip festival is organized here every April making the park attractive and very colorful with these flowers.

Day-5: Sapanca Lake & Mount Kartepe Tour (Day Trip from Istanbul)

  • Sapanca Lake.
  • Nature trips on ATV safari in Masukiye.
  • Visiting waterfalls.
  • Climbing top of Mount Kartepe.

Sapanca Lake

A corner of paradise resounding with the peaceful sounds of nature and one of Istanbul’s popular getaways, Sapanca reveals different scenic views in any season. Within the Sakarya province in the Marmara Region, Sapanca is built around a terrific lake and surrounded by lush forests. A natural heritage with a history dating back to 1200 BC, Sapanca is an unforgettable resort with sunny summers and snow-white winters.

Day-6: Istanbul Asian Side Tour

  • Crossing from Europe Continent to Asia Continent.
  • 15 July Martyrs Bridge (former The Bosphorus Bridge).
  • Maiden’s Tower.
  • Beylerbeyi Palace on the Bosphorus Strait.
  • Panoramic city view from Çamlıca Hill, the highest point in Istanbul.

The Bosphorus Bridge (The 15 July Martyrs Bridge)

The Bosphorus Bridge is one of three suspension bridges spanning the Bosphorus strait, connecting Europe and Asia. The bridge is located between Ortaköy (on the European side) and Beylerbeyi (on the Asian side).

Üsküdar

Üsküdar is a large and densely populated district and municipality of Istanbul, on the Anatolian shore of the Bosphorus. The district of Üsküdar is one of Istanbul’s oldest-established residential areas.

Beylerbeyi Palace

It was an Imperial Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860s, it is now situated immediately north of the Bosphorus Bridge. Beylerbeyi Palace was commissioned by Sultan Abdülaziz and built between 1861 and 1865 as a summer residence and a place to entertain visiting heads of state.

Çamlıca Hill

Çamlıca is a hill at 268 m. (879 ft.) above sea level; it has a panoramic view of the southern part of Bosphorus and the mouth of Golden Horn. The hill is a popular visitor attraction. There are historical-designed teahouses, cafes and a restaurant inside a public park with monumental trees, flower gardens and fountains, run by the Istanbul Municipality.

Maiden’s Tower (Leander’s Tower)

Maiden’s Tower or Leander’s Tower, is built up on a rock facing Üsküdar at the mouth of the Bosphorus. This tower has been in service as a lighthouse, a watchtower, a traffic control center and a prison in its lifetime and after its restoration, now it is open as a several flats tower for tourist attraction. It has an observation terrace, gift store, a small Bosphorus Museum, tea/coffee house and restaurant.

Day-7: Free Day

Guests are free to do whatever they wish to do or where ever they want to go by themselves. Vehicle and guide not in order. If guest want to use vehicle or guide, they should pay extra for these services.

Day-8: Departure

Hotel – Airport transfer by private minivan.

Extra Offers

  • Professional private licensed tour guide:
    We charge $ 100 per day as an extra payment for guiding service.
  • Lunch at local restaurant:
    We charge $ 10 per person / per day as an extra payment for lunch.
  • Museum entrance fees.

Notes

  • Istanbul Tour programs start at 9 A.M. and finish at 6 P.M. (09:00 – 18:00).
  • Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and Küçüksu Palace are closed on Mondays.
  • Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Rumelian Castle is closed on Wednesday.
  • Please note that the Bursa cable car does not operate in bad weather.
  • Tour programs and prices may change without any notice.
  • Please contact us for more information.
Prices
NUMBER OF PERSON PARTICIPATING THE TOUR
PRICE PER PERSON
2 Person
$ 520 per person
3 Person
$ 420 per person
4 Person
$ 365 per person
5 Person
$ 335 per person
6 Person
$ 315 per person
7 Person
$ 300 per person
First child below 6
Free
Second child below 6
50% discount
IF YOU ARE MORE THAN 7 PERSONS PLEASE CONTACT US FOR INDIVIDUAL OFFERS.
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