DAY 1 ISTANBUL-ARRIVAL
Welcome to Istanbul , Turkey ! You will access to your hotel by our services. Rest with a 1 night stay before starting your exciting tour tomorrow. Meals are not included.
DAY 2 BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN RELICS TOUR
After delicious breakfast, our staff will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast. Our journey starts with the "Old City" where you will see historical highlights such as the Hippodrome, The center of sport activities with its four monuments: The GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, Egyptian Obelisk, SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.
We will continue with The Blue Mosque. The most famous mosque of Istanbul which is known as the BLUE MOSQUE as well because of its beautiful blue Iznik tiles.
Afterwards, The Hagia Sophia, the ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
Then our journey continues with the Grand Bazaar (Covered Market), involves the labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyxware and meerschaum pipers.
After Lunch break, we will visit Hagia Irene Church, it was built during the same period (4th century) as its neighbor the Hagia Sophia. The name Hagia Irene Church means ‘’Godly’’ or ‘’Holy Wisdom’’ in Greek. After the conquest of Istanbul, it was incorporated into the grounds of Topkapı Palace and like many other churches was converted into a mosque. However, there were no major changes made to the building’s structure.
Our last stop is Topkapı Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewelry thrones of sultans, costumes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; CHAMBER OF SACRED RELICS.
After our pleasant tour, you will be dropped off to your hotel. (Breakfast and Lunch included.)
DAY 3 SAPANCA/MAŞUKİYE
Sapanca, Maşukiye and Mahmudiye will be places we will visit. Sapanca is known for its proximity to Istanbul and its magnificent nature. Our first stop is Sapanca lake. Sapanca lake is one of the most famous lake of Turkey. We will continue with Maşukiye, it is a region famous with incredible nature and river. “Maşukiye“ name means love in Arabic langugage. It is one of the most preferred places for honeymoon and the nature lovers on the other hand there are activities you can do. Mahmudiye is the place where we will go for lunch is close by the waterfalls with its incredible nature. Lastly, we will go for Shopping. We will visit the organic house where Turkish delight and honey are produced then we will go to Mall of symbol in Kocaeli/İzmit. After our pleasant tour, you will be dropped off to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast and Lunch included.)
DAY 4 ISTANBUL-DEPARTURE
Have breakfast at the hotel and wait for us to pick you up. According to your flight time, we will pick you up 3 hours before your flight. You can continue exploring the city if you have enough time before your flight. (Breakfast included.)