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 : Istanbul Full Day City Tour Full Day (B,L)
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child.
Next we visit 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. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.
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. Overnight in Istanbul
3. Day : Airport Transfer for flight to Antalya (B)
Today we check out and transfer to Airport for our flight to Antalya. Antalya which means “the home of Attalos” was founded by Attalos II. Following the fall of Kingdom of Pergamon (133 BC), the city was independent for a while but then fell into the hands of pirates. he Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks in turn occupied the city before it came under Ottoman rule. The elegant fluted minaret of the Yivli Minareli Mosque in the center of the city built by the Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Keykubat in the 13th century has become the Antalya’s symbol. The Karatay Medrese (theological college) in the Kaleici district, from the same period, exemplifies the best of Seljuk stone carvings.
The two most important Ottoman mosques in the city are the 16th century Murat Pasa Mosque, remarkable for its tile decoration, the 18th century Tekeli Mehmet Pasa Mosque. Neighboring the marina, the attractive late 19th century Iskele Mosque is built of cut stone and set on four pillars over a natural spring. The Hidirlik Kulesi (tower) was probably originally constructed as a lighthouse in the second century. Today a church, the Kesik Minaret Mosque attests to the city’s long history in its succession of Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman renovations. When Emperor Hadrian visited Antalya in 130 A.D. a beautifully decorated three arched gate was built into the city walls in his honor. Overnight in Antalya
4. Day : Antalya Full Day City Tour (B,L)
Antalya is a city that ranks as one of the most popular places among visitors to Turkey. Our full-day excursion will take you sightseeing in the historic city of Antalya.
Do you still wonder what to do in Antalya, Turkey? We will start the day by picking you up at the main entrance of your hotel. Along the way we will visit the Duden Waterfalls. Duden waterfalls are the most beautiful and the most visited in Antalya region. So you can take photos of the beautiful Antalya Waterfalls.
Kaleici, or Old Antalya, is filled with history and lovely buildings. You will see old houses built in the Ottoman style and from the park you’ll enjoy terrific views of the water. You will see the old town’s harbour, Hadrian’s Gate, and many other sights as well.
This section of the city features many small streets lined with shops, kebab restaurants and pensions. There are some great boutique hotels and pensions here if you decide to return and stay in the ancient heart of Antalya.Enjoy a boat trip from the old harbour that will take you along the cliffs of Antalya. Enjoy the scenic coast of Antalya Old City, breathe in the fresh sea air and just relax on the boat after hours of exploring the Antalya city.
Tunektepe cable car (Tünektepe Lift) is serving with 36 cabins. Each cabin has 8 person capacity. The cable car can carry 1,200 people per hour. Tünektepe cable car has a length of approximately 1706 meters and a cable length of 3604 meters. Thanks to the project, the distance between Sarısu and Tünektepe will be reduced to 9 minutes.
Following places to be seen on this tour:
• Antalya Old Harbour
• Old Town of Antalya
• Tunektepe Cable Car
• 1 hour Boat trip from ancient harbour
• Duden Waterfalls
• Free time at the Antalya bazaar
• Hadrianus Gate (by your own at free time)
• Old fluted minaret & clock tower (by your own at free time)
Overnight in Antalya
5. Day : Departure (B)
Checkout and we will transfer you to Antalya airport according to your international flight schedule. Goodbye!
Legend: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner