stanbul is the only city in the world which embraces two continents, one arm reaching out into Asia, the other into Europe. Considered as a leading metropolis in the world, for culture, arts, history, trade and business, Istanbul first appears on the scene of the history toward the end of the second millennium BC, as a fishing community and town called Lygos. In the 7th century BC, led Byzas, a group of sailors from the land of Megare of the region, came in and renamed the city as Byzantium, after their leader. The former capital of three successive empires- Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman- the city is a fascinating mixture of past and present, old and new, modern and traditional. Christianity became the official religion of the state and the empire got the earlier name of the city, Byzantium. The museum,
churches, places, mosques and bazaars and the sight of natural beauty seem inexhaustible. As you recline on the shores of the Bosphorus at sunset contemplating the red evening light reflected in the windows and on the slender minarets on the opposite shore you understand, suddenly and profoundly, why so many centuries ago settlers chose to build on this remarkable site.
- Topkapi Palace
- Blue Mosque
- Cistern Basilica
- Bosphour Tour
- Galata Tower
- Grand Bazaar
Day 1 : Istanbul
Meet at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in old city.
Day 2 : SultanAhmet Mosque – Saint Sophie museum – Topkapi Palace – Cistern Basilica
After we have our breakfast, we will visit Topkapi Palace, is administrative palace of the Ottoman Dynasty, that rule on three continents for centuries. Amazes of the buildings are at the centre of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. In these opulent surroundings, the sultans and their court lived and governed. Then we pass to St. Sophia now called Ayasofya Museum. It is really on of the finest buildings of all time. Built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in 6th century. Its immense dome rises 55 meters above the ground and its diameter spans 31 meters. we will absorb the building’s majestic serenity and admire the fine Byzantine mosaics. Continue to visiting with SultanAhmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) is more familiarly known as Blue Mosque because its interior gleams with a magnificent panelling of blue. It has 6 minarets and very nice cupolas. it was built by architect Mehmet between 1609 and 1616. After visiting we stroll around Ancient Hippodrome the scene of chariot races and the centre of Byzantine civil life, stood in the open space in front of the Blue Mosque. We will see tree charming monuments. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 : Bosphorus Tour through Island – Galata Tour – Grand Bazaar
After we have our breakfast we will walk down to Eminonu (15 min) to embark our boat. The Bosphorus is a water pass, that spans 36km between Black sea and the Sea of Marmara and 700m. Wide at the narrowest point. At this location, on the either side of the strait, stands the two medieval castles built by the Ottoman Turks for the conquest of the city Anadolu hisari (14th century) in Asia, and right across, the awesome Rumelihisari constructed in the 15th century. The winding strait that separates Europe and Asia. Then we make a tour through Galata tower, built by the Genoese in 1348 is 68 meter high. There is a wonderful view of Golden Horn and Istanbul Bogazi from the top. We continue visiting Covered Bazaar the world’s largest covered market. These labyrinths of the streets and passages houses are more than 4.000 shops. Covered bazaar is still commercial centre of the old city. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 : Home
Transfer to the airport and fly home.