1. Day : Arrival
Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to Hotel in Sultanahmet area. Overnight in Istanbul
2. Day : Sultanahmet Mosque, Sultanahmet Square, Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque (B)
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Sultanahmet Mosque. The Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand.
Sultanahmet square is at the Hippodrome which was once the centre of public life in Constantinople. The Hippodrome was the scene of ferocious chariot races which the Byzantines enjoyed, much like the gladiator fights that the Romans loved. There’s not much left of this stadium, but significant monuments here include the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. There’s also a pretty domed fountain commemorating the visit of Kaiser Wilhelm II to Istanbul in 1898. The Hippodrome is now a public park which runs the length of Blue Mosque complex.
Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison.
We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire.
Suleymaniye Mosque, the mosque was ordered by the sultan Suleyman, and architect Sinan built it in 7 years, between 1550-1557 AD. Like all big and important mosques of that period, also this mosque was built as a complex including a hospital, library, madrasa, kitchen and hospice for the poor, hamam, and shops. It’s one of the best examples of Ottoman Islamic architecture in Istanbul.
There are 3 entrances to inside of the mosque, one being from the inner courtyard on the axis of the mosque and other two being on the sides of the outer courtyard. Inside, the floor is covered with carpets. The chandeliers are low and dim so it gives you an idea of the time when it was lit with candles,and there are 138 windows. The marble Mihrab is directly ahead of you, meanwhile the Minbar is on the right of mihrab and the sultans’ lodge is on the left corner. Above, you’ll notice the great dome which has a diameter of 27 meters (88 feet) and a height of 53 meters (173 feet). There are massive arches and four large columns lifting the main dome and smaller half domes thus creating a large space. Indoors, there are simple but beautiful decorations such as floral designs, geometrical patters, and calligraphy from the Koran. The acoustics of the hall is incredibly sharp.
In the outer courtyard to the southeast, there is an old cemetary where important people were buried once upon a time. Sultan Süleyman, his wife Hürrem, and architect Sinan have their own mausoleums within the compound as well. After tour we drive to a Shopping mall and have free time for Shopping. Overnight in Istanbul
3. Day : Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, Eyup Ensari Mosque and Sahabi Toombs, Pierre Lotti Cable Car (B)
Today we visit the Egyptian Bazaar as first. The historical Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) or so-called Spice Market, is a colorful and mystical covered spice market lined with spice stalls in Eminonu coast, near the Yeni Mosque, in the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul. It is also one of the most popular covered markets in the world, together with famous Grand Bazaar. Also called as, Egyptian Spice Market,
Eyup Ensari Mosque and Sahabi Toombs. Eyup Sultan Mosque is a very special and holy mosque for the Islamic world. The Eyüp Sultan Camii (Eyüp Sultan Mosque) is one of the most holy and important mosques in all of Turkey. It is so revered because it located on the site of the tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari (Eyüp Ensari in Turkish) – who was both a friend and standard bearer for the Prophet Muhammed.
The mosque was erected on the instruction of Fatih Sultan Mehmet II (aka Mehmet The Conqueror), five years after he seized Constantinople for the Ottomans in 1453. However it fell into disrepair and was further ruined by earthquakes. It was rebuilt in a Baroque style using attractive pale honey-colored stone in 1800. The interior is elegant in design and the decorated dome of Eyup Sultan Mosque measures 17.5m in diameter and is supported by two half domes.
Pierre Loti Hill is a great leisure and tourist area in Eyup and one of the most popular sights and places to visit and see for both locals and tourists in the Golden Horn region of Istanbul. After tour we drive to a Shopping mall and have free time for Shopping. Overnight in Istanbul
4. Day : Bosphorus Bridge, Tomb of Prophet Yusha and Mosque, Camlica Hill and Great Camlica Mosque (B)
Today we pass the Bosphorus Bridge what connect two continents, Asia and Europe. At 1560 meters long, the Bosphorus Bridge was the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1973 and was the first bridge to connect Europe and Asia since a bridge spanning the Dardanelles in 480 B.C. Today, it is the 21st longest suspension bridge in the world.
As next we visit Yusha Hill. Located on the highest hill of Istanbul around Beykoz (distict of Istanbul), Yusha Mosque and the tomb of prophet Yusha dominate not only Boshphorus but also Black Sea. Moreover it is placed the north of the Genoese Castle (Yoros Castle). Since ancient period, this place has been accepted as a holy location.
Çamlica Hill is located within the borders of Üsküdar district, on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, near the first suspension bridge. Camlica, a place with two hills overlooking the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea, is one of the most favored promenades in Istanbul, and also one of the highest and most charming places in the city. It’s divided into two sections as “Büyük Çamlica” and “Kücük Çamlica”, meaning “Big” and “Small”. Buyuk Camlica is 267 meters above sea level and the other one is 228 meters.
At Camlica Hill located also the great Camlica Mosque. Camlica Mosque is the most gretest Mosque of Istanbul.
Çamlıca Mosque is a mosque located in Istanbul and the largest mosque in Turkey. The mosque can hold 63,000 people and includes a museum, art gallery, library, conference hall, and underground parking lot for 3,500 vehicles.[
Çamlıca Mosque was designed by two female architects, Bahar Mızrak and Hayriye Gül Totu. The length of the four mosque minarets span 107.1 metres, a measurement that refers to the Battle of Manzikert (1071) fought by the Seljuk and Byzantine Empires.
The mosque is one of a number of megaprojects built by the Turkish government to show the strength of the economy and provide a legacy for the governing AK Party. Turkish President Erdoğan said at its inauguration: “When a horse dies it leaves behind its saddle, when a man dies he leaves behind his works. We will be remembered for this.” After we drive back to our hotel. Free time for the left day for shopping and discover more Istanbul before departure
Overnight in Istanbul
5. Day : Departure
Checkout and we will transfer you to Istanbul international airport according to your flight schedule. Goodbye!
Legend: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner