ARRIVAL – ISTANUL
After arrival to Istanbul Ataturk airport meet and greet than transfer to visit
BOAT TRIP ON THE BOSPHORUS An amazing cruise between the two contients, 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) ?stanbul 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.
THE LEANDER’S TOWER (FROM THE SEA) (NO INTERIOR VISIT) This is a small and attractive tower built on an islet at the entrance to the Bosphorus. It is one of the symbols of ?stanbul. Used in the past as a watchtower and a lighthouse, it has been preserved in its 19th Century appearance.
CABLE CAR & PIERRE LOTI HILL was named after the Famous French writer you will enjoy magnificent scenery of Golden Horn and the city.
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 natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of ?stanbul. The inlet separates the Europen shore into two. It is approximately 8km long,and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus.Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.after the Tour transfer to hotel for overnight.
HIPPODROME, The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, the OBELISK OF THEDOSIUS, the bronze SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.St. SOPHIA This 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.GRAND BAZAAR(COVERED MARKET) In this 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 handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brasware and trays, water ewers, onyxware and meerschaum pipers.
FULL DAY PR?NCES ‘ ISLANDS TOURS
Cruise on the MARMARA SEA to PRINCES’ ISLAND retreats for the Byzantine princes, famous for their beautiful pine woods and beaches. The largest and most enjoyable of these islands is Büyükada. There you can enjoy Optinonal a ride in a horsedrawn carriage among the pine trees after relaxing on the beaches in the numerous coves along its coast.After the tour we are visiting Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Camlica Hill, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view.
After Breakfast at hotel
Free Time for youre own leisure
Final Transfer to Ataturk airport.