DAY 1: Arrival to Istanbul & Transfer to Hotel
After your arrival to Istanbul (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), pick up at the exit of first gate by driver. Then you will be transferred to your Istanbul hotel. There is no schedule on your programme today. Get some rest – relaxing – refreshment to being your tours. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2: Free day in Istanbul (Breakfast 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.
DAY 3: Flight to Cappadocia & Full day Northern Cappadocia Tour (Lunch included)
Visited Sights :Spice Bazaar – Golden Horn – Marvellous bridge Bosphorus – Rumeli Hisari – Dolmabahce Palace
Our well informed tourist guides will pick you up from your accommodations with the shining beams of the sun in the morning. Our first destination is to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, an extraordinary, colorful and fantastic place to see where you can buy various gifts for your lovers. Our next station is Golden Horn, we will make this journey with an unforgettable cruise along our marvellous bridge, Bosphorus which is known as a cradle linking Europe and Asia. Views like wooded shores, rising mosques along these shores, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest one, and Rumeli Hisari, a historical construction built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to conquer Istanbul, will accompany to you. As well, it is surely beyond doubt that, efficacious 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elites and Sultans’ georgous palaces and hunting lodges will fascinate you.
Dolmabahce Palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid in 19th century. After Topkapi Palace was serving as the residence of Ottoman sultans for about 400 years, Sultan Abdulmecid moved and started to live at Dolmabahce Palace which is a beautiful mix of many European architectural styles.
At the end of this perfect day we will transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 4: Full day Southern Cappadocia Tour & Flight Back to Istanbul (Breakfast and Lunch included)
There is no schedule on your programme today. You will be free to discover the city on your own. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 5: Transfer to Airport (Breakfast included)
According to your international flight time, you will be transferred to Istanbul New airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) 4 hours before. You will be able do self check-in. End of our service.