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 : Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Cruise and Cable Car Tour (B,L)
DOLMABAHÇE PALACE The Dolmabahçe Palace, a blend of various European architectural styles, was built between 1843 – 1856 by Karabet Balyan, the court architect of Sultan Abdulmecid. The three –storied palace built on a symmetrical plan has 285 rooms and 43 halls. The palace has survived intact with its original decorations, furniture, and the silk carpets and curtains. Its surpasses all other palaces in the world in wealth and magnificence. (Harem is not included)
BEZM-İ ALEM VALİDE SULTAN MOSQUE The mosque’s construction was originally backed by Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan. After she died, Sultan Abdülmecid, her son, continued to support the construction of the mosque. Upon completion in 1855, it was opened for prayer services
SHOPPING As Turkey is one of the best later producing countries in the world. We will watch a fashion-show in an outlet center which produces and manufactures different various of great quality leatherware. So it’s a good opportunity to have a look at the reasonable priced good quality leather accessories. (Optional due to high traffic jam and long line for the Palace) LUNCH (Drinks are extra)
BOAT TRIP ON THE BOSPHORUS An amazing cruise between the two contients, EUROPE and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress.
THE RUMELI FORTRESS (FROM THE SEA – NO INTERIOR VISIT) İstanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453,but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls.
THE LEANDER’S TOWER (FROM THE SEA – NO INTERIOR VISIT) This is a small and attractive tower built on an islet at the entrance to the Bosphorus. It is one of the symbols of İstanbul. Used in the past as a watchtower and a lighthouse, it has been preserved in its 19th Century appearance.
CABLE CAR & PIERRE LOTI HILL was named after the Famous French writer you will enjoy magnificent scenery of Golden Horn and the city.
CITY WALLS The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.
DRIVE BY BUS TO GOLDEN HORN As natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of İstanbul. The inlet separates the Europen shore into two. It is approximately 8km long and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus.Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end. 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