Day 1: Istanbul. Welcome to Turkey Istanbul airport. Transfer to your hotel. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel.
Day 2: St.Sophia - Hippodrome - Blue Mosque. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. The ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Have a tour over Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and Grand Cover Bazaar. In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copper ware, brass ware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
The great Topkapi Palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. The Suleymaniye Mosque of Süleyman the Magnificent was built between 1550 and 1557 by the famous architect Sinan whose wish was to surpass the builders of St. Sophia which is conspicuous from its great size, emphasized by the four minarets rising one from each corner of the courtyard. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Free day until 20:00. "1001 Nights" Show in Istanbul. Evening Show starts at 20:30 p.m. and end about 23:45 p.m. with having dinner. Enjoy your night life in Istanbul, you will have dinner in a first class restaurant "Orient House Restaurant", with half a bottle of wine or a soft drink and will be watching a spectacular floor show of famous belly-dancers with full night, traditional live "1001 Nights" Anatolian folklore Groups featuring popular musical instruments and Turkish singers with surprises. Around midnight we will transfer you to hotel where you stayed.
Day 4: Bosphorus on Private Boat. The air at the Spice Bazaar is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. The Bedesten exhibits the traditional silk weaving courses carpet weaving courses authorized by the Ministry of National Education. Possibility to see jewelery, handicrafts center and leather wear show. Free time provided for shopping. Have a trip on Bosphorus by boat - a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace.
On the coastal edge of this park, is Çiragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortaköy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortaköy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries. Then have a tour to Rumeli fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect Bosphorus. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world. Beylerbeyi Palas is the summer residence of Ottoman sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian. You'll also visit the Bosphorus bridge that is the unique change to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe).
Camlica hill is the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphours from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional style. You can also go shopping to Bedesten. This exhibition presents traditional silk weaving girls at the carpet weaving courses authorized by The Ministry of national education possibility to see jewelery, handcrafts center and leather wear show. Free time provided for shopping.
Day 5: End of tour. After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future.
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