The tour includes world famous monuments and sights:
Sultanahmet area, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans
Topkapı Palace This is an extraordinary palace complex that extends over one of Istanbul’s seven hills in a splendid position. The palace was the residence of Ottoman Sultan`s and their courts from 15th to 19th centuries. Topkapı Palace was also center of the supreme executive and judiciary council, the Divan and the imperialtraining school. And is a major tourist attraction today, containing the most holy relics of the Muslim world such as the Prophet Muhammad’s (SAV) cloak and sword. Also housing Imperial Treasury`. Topkapı Palace is among UNESCO World HeritageSites. Blue Mosque The Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul. It is very impressive with its beautiful domes and semi domes, nice courtyards and unique six slender minarets. Built by orders of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I by his chief architect Sedefkar Mehmet Ağa in 1616 AD. It called Blue Mosque because of its remarkable blue tiles of interior decoration. And area calls by mosques name today. Hippodrome and Obelisks The square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the ancient “Hippodrome” built in 203 AD by Byzantine Emperor Septimius Severus. One of the most famous areas in Byzantine. With 3 monuments set in the middle of the area; Serpentine Column, Column of Constantine and Egyptian Obelisk. Grand Covered Bazaar
A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
The nine small islands about 20 km (10.5 miles) southeast of the center of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara (map) were called the Princes Islands by foreign chroniclers because of Byzantine emperors’ practice of sending bothersome princes there to be blinded, exiled or executed, but today’s citizens of Istanbul call them simply Adalar (“The Islands”).
The Turkish Night Show highlights the dance traditions of various regions of Turkey, complete with traditional costumes and of course, exhilarating belly dancers. This lively performance is a great way to enjoy traditional Turkish music, dancing and join in the festivities during audience participation.
Departure from hotel early morning and return late evening
Departure by ferry-boat via Yalova, enjoying the lovely countryside view. Drive to Bursa, former Ottoman Capital and lunch of famous “Kebap of Alexander The Great”.
Climb to Uludag, the legendary Mount Olympos, by Teleferik (Cable Car), visit to Ulucami (Grand Mosque), The Green Mausoleum, the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar, Visit to inkaya Plane Tree.
Late evening return to istanbul and transfer to hotel.
The Golden Horn (Turkish: Haliç), or Altın Boynuz (literally, “Golden Horn”), is a major urban waterway and the primaryinlet of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. It is a horn-shaped estuary (hence, the name) that joins Bosphorus Strait at the immediate point where said strait meets the Sea of Marmara, thus forming a narrow, isolated peninsula, the tip of which is “Old Istanbul (ancient Byzantion and Constantinople), and the promontory of Sarayburnu, or Seraglio Point. The Golden Horn geographically separates the historic center of Istanbul from the rest of the city, and forms a natural, sheltered harbor that has historically protected Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and other maritime trade ships for thousands of years. Its Greek and English names mean the same, while its Turkish name Haliç, simply means “estuary“, and is derived from the Arabic word khaleej, meaning “gulf“.
Dolmabahçe Palace located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Turkey, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a 22-year interval (1887–1909) in which Yıldız Palace was used. Dolmabahçe Palace was home to six Sultans from 1856, when it was first inhabited, up until the abolition of the Caliphate in 1924: The last royal to live here was Caliph Abdülmecid Efendi. A law that went into effect on March 3, 1924 transferred the ownership of the palace to the national heritage of the new Turkish Republic. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey, used the palace as a presidential residence during the summers and enacted some of his most important works here.
Today, the palace is managed by Milli Saraylar Daire Başkanlığı (Directorate of National Palaces) responsible to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. The only way to see the interior of Dolmabahçe is with a guided tour