Istanbul 3 Days

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Price: $600

We invite you to journey, which is starting from the times of Byzas who founded the Byzantion to todays modern Turkey. You will witness all aspects of this jewel city who served as the capital of 3 big World Empires. Byzantion, Constantinople or Istanbul whatever you call her but she is there with all his hospitality to tell it’s long story with her own unique language…

DAY 2 / ISTANBUL  (On foot and local transportation)
We meet at the lobby of your hotel and spend the day exploring the historical monuments of Constantinople. We will begin our day with the Hippodrome, once Constantinople’s great arena for chariot races and public entertainment. We continue to the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, also known as the ‘Blue Mosque’. From there we walk a short distance to the extraordinary Underground Basilica cistern. We cross the Bosphorous on a public ferry to have lunch in Asian side of Istanbul. The restaurant Ciya Sofrasi is located in the local market of Kadikoy (Chalcedon) and the food will be a delicious culinary adventure. After lunch we explore this lovely market and take the ferry back to Europe. More exploration will follow as we walk through the old Pera and Galata districts and culminate the tour by having a glass of wine or cold beer at the terrace of a hotel next to the 14th century Galata Tower.

DAY 2 / ISTANBUL (On foot and local transportation)
We again meet at the lobby at a certain time and visit the majestic great church of Haghia Sophia. Later we will visit the Topkapı Palace including the harem section. This palace was once the residence of the Sultans and the political center of the Empire. We will stop for lunch in the oldest restaurant of Istanbul located in the 4th courtyard of the Palace overlooking to the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus.  After we complete the visit of the palace we will have a walking tour of the Grand Bazaar. This is one of the oldest covered marketplaces in the world containing over 4,000 shops where virtually anything can be bought.

DAY 3 / ISTANBUL (On foot and private car)
We begin our exploration of the Ottoman city with a drive along the Walls of Constantinople. We will stop at the little Church of the Savior in Chora, built between the 11th and 14th centuries. The mosaics and frescoes inside are masterpieces of the Byzantine Art. We will stop at the Mosque of Süleyman the Magnificent to visit, Süleymaniye Mosquecomplex. It is considered one of the finest creations of Sinan, the pre-eminent Ottoman architect. The lunch features classic Ottoman cuisine as we dine in the 15th century soup kitchen of the complex. We end our day at the colorful Spice Marketwhere the scent of hundreds of spices permeates the air.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THIS PRICE?
• Specialist leadership
• Entrance fees, admission to museums and donations to mosques
• Ferry, taxi, private car, local transport fares

Please Note:
On request we can arrange your accommodation in Istanbul.

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