Istanbul 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.
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.
Day 1 : Istanbul
Arrival at Istanbul airport and take a taxi (20 min ride). Check in hotel and overnight.
Day 2 : Sultanahmet Mosque – Hagia Sophia – Topkapi Palace
Walk to the Topkapi Palace where the various buildings stand on a promontory overlooking the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus. Then the St Sophia Museum. This ancient basilica built by Constantine and rebuilt by Justinian in the 6th century, is dedicated to the divine wisdom, is among the greatest works of architecture of all time. Late afternoon you can throw a glance at the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque). It was built by Sinan; disciple at the request of Sultan Ahmet 1, between 1609 and 1616. It stands on the most beautiful location in the city, with its six minarets and cascading domes . Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 : Cruise on the Bosphorus – Galata Tower – Grand Bazaar
Walking 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 : Return
Transfer to the airport by taxi or shuttle , fly home.