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Airport – Hotel transfer by private minivan.
Day-2: Istanbul Old City Tour
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 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
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 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: Bursa City Tour (Day Trip from Istanbul)
Bursa lies in the northwestern part of Turkey near the Sea of Marmara, about 20 km inland. The Ottomans, who started as a small emirate in the countryside just east of Bursa, took control of their first major city, Bursa. As such, it served as the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire, from 1326, when it was captured from the Byzantines, to 1365, when the capital was moved to Edirne in European Turkey, as sultans started to turn their attention to Europe. Today, with a population of more than 2,500,000, Bursa is the fourth largest city in Turkey after Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir. It is famous for its peach, chestnut, and silk.
Uludağ is a mountain in Bursa Province, Turkey, with an elevation of 2,543 m. It is a popular center for winter sports such as skiing, and a national park of rich flora and fauna. Summer activities, such as trekking and camping, also are popular.
The Grand Mosque of Bursa (Ulucami)
Bursa Grand Mosque or Ulucami is a mosque in Bursa, Turkey. Built in the Seljuk style, it was ordered by the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I and built between 1396 and 1399. The mosque has 20 domes and 2 minarets.
Inkaya Old Tree
Inkaya -a huge centuries- old (approximately 600 years) plane tree with an open-air café sheltered by its deep shadow, on the foothills of (and just off the road to) Uludağ.
Cumalıkızık Ottoman Village
Cumalıkızık, with its 700 year history is nearly as old as the Ottoman state. The narrow alleys where no motor vehicles could enter and the old houses, which are among the best examples of Ottoman civil architecture. The villagers typically dress themselves in traditional attire and make their own breads as their forefathers did, leading a lifestyle similar to that of the Ottoman era. Their neighborhood relationships, as well as their reception of the visitors, reflect the traditional Turkish hospitality.
Day-5: Istanbul Bosphorus European Shore Tour
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, 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 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.
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-6: Sapanca Lake & Mount Kartepe Tour (Day Trip from Istanbul)
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-7: Istanbul Asian Side Tour
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 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.
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 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-8: 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.
Hotel – Airport transfer by private minivan.