"There, God and human, nature and art are together, they have created such a perfect place that it is valuable to see". Lamartine’s famous poetic line reveals his love for Istanbul, describing the embracing of two continents, with one arm reaching out to Asia and the other to Europe.
Istanbul, once known as the capital of capital cities, has many unique features. It is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, and the only one to have been a capital during two consecutive empires - Christian and Islamic.
Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Transfer by luxury buses from airport to hotel. Welcome cocktail in hotel. Check in rooms. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: After breakfast full day Istanbul city tour. (Hippodrome St. Sophia Church, Topkapý Palace, Blue Mosque, Yerebatan Cistern, Covered Bazaar and Spice Bazaar). Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 3: After breakfast half day Golden Horn Tour. In the shape of a crescent, the long, narrow inlet of the Golden Horn cuts Istanbul in two on the European side. As one of the best natural harbours in the world it was here that the naval fleets and trading ships of the Byzanties and the Ottomans had their home. Towards the center of the Golden Horn, in the neighbouring districts of Fener and Balat, can be found wooden houses, and churches, and synagogues from Byzantine and Ottoman times. The Orthodox Patriarchate is also situated here. Climbing the hill above Eyüp, one comes to the cafe of Pierre Loti from which there is a wonderful view over the Golden Horn. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 4: After breakfast half day Dolmabahce Palace Tour (Dolmabahce, built by Sultan Abdulmecid Ist in the 19th century, fronts the Bosphorus one the European Side). Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 5: After breakfast full day Bosphours Tour (The waters of Bosphorus reflect the great splendour and true beauty of Istanbul in a synthesis of past and present. Here one may see new hotelscheek by jowl with old waterside mansions, stone castles juxtaposed with rustic palaces and modern complexes by the side of fishing villages. To take an enchanted journey through time such a trip might begin in front of Dolmabahçe Palace and continue past the green park of Yýldýz Palace with its splendid pavilions. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 6: After breakfast full day Princesses Islands Tour by ship. Overnight in hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 7: After breakfast transfer to airport by luxury buses. Includes: (B).
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