After having open buffet breakfast in the hotel, you have free day to explore Old City on your own.
If you like to have professional guided tour, we can also arrange for you Istanbul Old City Tour with guide.
OPTIONAL Full day Istanbul Old City Tour BY walk (59 EURO PER PERSON – Lunch included)
* Visited Sights : Hagia Sophia – Blue Mosque – Topkapi Palace – Hippodrome– German Fountain of Wilhelm II – Column of Constantine – Obelisk of Theodosius – Serpentine Columnand Grand Bazaar
Our first destination is Hagia Sophia, the world’s one of the greatest and unique religious structure used as a mosque,a church and also as a museum.
Hagia Sophia is housing two completely different cultures inside it, East and West. When you take a step into the structure you can feel the dance of two opposite civilizations and come across the eye-popping blend of Islamic and Christian influences with extraordinary interior mosaics and an effective history.For more visual description you must witness it with your own eyes, surely you will admire it.
Then our duty is to reconnoitre the other masterpiece, Blue Mosque, built in early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet, and for this reason known as Sultanahmet Mosque in Turkey. Words are inadequate to explain its magnificence and beauty. With its sequental domes and sin slender minarets, Blue Mosque dominates the skyline of Istanbul.
The blue shade of the 27.000 pieces of Iznik quart tiles, giving the mosque its famous name, are very much worth to see.
We are going on exploring the ancient remains of Constantinople. Our next station is the Hippodrome with its 4 monuments:
- the German Fountain of Wilhelm II,
- the Obelisk of Theodosius,
- the bronze Serpentine Column,
- and the Column of Constantine.
Because of Byzantine emperors’ passion for chariot races in thre afternoons, the Hippodrome was the changeless center of sportive and political activities in Constantinople for 1000 years.
Are you ready to be astonished at Topkapi Palace (CLOSE ON TUESDAY), because it has many bewildering sides different from most of the world’s museums.
Topkapı Palace was the administrative, educational and art center of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years. It is a great sample of oriental architecture and includes a variety of activities such as exhibitions of art, books, jewels, plates, costumes, the treasury, and the Holy Relics.
More than just an Imperial Residence of the Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years.
Our last station is the Grand Bazaar (CLOSE ON SUNDAY), Turkey’s the largest covered market at the heart of the Old City, offering excellent shopping.
It has lots of shops in it, and you can find almost whatever you want, such as beautiful Turkish carpets, pottery, tiles, cotton, wool and leather products and so on. This part of the tour is optional, either you can turn back to your hotel with your guide or stay there. Overnight in Istanbul.
In the early morning, pick up by the driver around 06:30-07:00 am and depart to Gallipoli. Arrival to Gallipoli after driving 5 hours and then we will visit to Gallipoli, is one the most touching places in Turkey and a hallowed ground for many nations, especially Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
Our destinations follow: Memorials of Dardanelles, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnstons Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), Turkish 57. Infantry Regiment Cemetery, The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale.
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the famous archaelogical and mythological site,Troy, explore the ruins of legendary Homer’s Troy with its famous Trojan wooden horse. The ancient city of Troy, was immortalized by Homer in his epic the “Iliad and and Odissey.’’
At the end of the tour, we will drive to Istanbul. When we arrive at Istanbul, you will be transferred to your Istanbul hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.