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 : Bosphorus Cruise, Camlica Hill and Spice Bazaar (B,L)
> Daily Full Day Tour
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 a natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long, and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.
SPICE BAZAAR (EGYPTIAN BAZAAR) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
BOAT TRIP ON THE BOSPHORUS An amazing cruise between the two continents, 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.
LUNCH (Drinks are extra)
SHOPPING As Turkey is one of the best leather producing countries in the world. We will watch a fashion-show in an outlet center which produces and manufactures different varieus 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)
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE Unique chance to step from one continent (ASIA) to another (EUROPE)
BEYLERBEYİ PALACE The summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the HAREM on the ASIAN SIDE.
ÇAMLICA HILL one of the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscape in traditional style, as you sip your drinks in a cafeteria. Overnight in Istanbul
3. Day : Bursa City Tour and Shopping (B)
The first capital city of the Ottoman Empire!
We pass to Asian side of Istanbul by driving on Bosphorus bridge with stunning view. We will pass to Yalova from Asian side of Istanbul by ferry and you will have a great voyage
to take photo of amazing sea view.
Green Mosque and Green Mausoleum will be first stop in Bursa, both built by 5th Ottoman Sultan Mehmet Çelebi in 15th century. Then we will climb up Uludag Mountain by Cable Car and have fun with magnificent city view. You will want to take photo in every seconds while passing through forest with lots of tree species.
You will go to top of mountain which is 2.486 metres above sea level and feel fresh air. We will have lunch on the Mountain with Barbeque on Sarialan Uludag.
After finishing activities we will have Coffee / Tea stop at Gorgeous Old Tree (ULUCINAR) which is more than 600 years old. While coming back to Istanbul, we will stop one of the most famous delight factory with most delicious ones in Bursa.
Late evening (10pm) return to Istanbul and transfer to hotels.Overnight in Istanbul
4. Day : Imperial Half Day Tour (B)
>Half-Day Morning Tour
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. (Afternoon tour also available on Tuesdays) THIS TOUR TERMINATES AT GRAND BAZAAR 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