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Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
We start our tour from Hagia Sophia because this is amazing place for visit; Built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, played a very important role in the Christian and Islamic World. Most importantly after the Ottoman conquest the bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over to convert the church into a mosque.
Hippodrome; where the chariot races were held in the Roman Empire times. Basilica Cistern is a subterranean wonder and one of the greatest of Istanbul’s surviving Byzantine sites, in fact a former water storage chamber. Blue Mosque; Built in the early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet I, Blue Mosque is truly a magnificent masterpiece of architecture with amazingly delicate proportions for a building of such massive scale.
Grand Bazaar; One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world therefore having over 4,000 shops. Topkapı Palace; More than just an Imperial Residence of Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years long.
Go Further from Spice Market is a colorful indoor bazaar and has lots of shops offering a variety of spices, purses, flavored teas, Turkish delight, nuts, as well as ceramics and small souvenirs.
Take the public ferry for Bosphorus Cruise to see both Istanbul’s European and Asian sides, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, the Rumelian Fortress, old Ottoman villas, Bosphorus bridges, mosques. Dolmabahce Palace; Elegance and beauty with the most luxury decoration,chandeliers,rugs,crystals,ceramic fireplaces.
Beautiful palace, right on the Bosphorus with gorgeous furnishings, paintings, porcelains. Taksim Square, Istiklal Street, Galata Tower; A great place defining modern Turkey. Have very good, cafes, shops, bars, night clubs around.
Picked up at your hotel and head out on a drive along the Golden Horn, an arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbor for the historical peninsula separating the old and new parts of Istanbul. Enjoy the Bosphorus District and Golden Horn, which are among the most charming parts of Istanbul.
Admire the views of this historic city by taking a cable car to the top of Pierre Loti Hill and a cruise on the Bosphorus. Explore this residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders, and other non-Muslim minorities during the Byzantine Empire. Most importantly see traces of history at Balat and see the Metal Church of St. Stephen, the Bulgarian Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate, and the 22-kilometer-long walls of the old city of Constantinopolis.
Built by Constantine the Great and expanded by Emperor Theodosios in the 4th century A.D. these stone walls protected the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire for 900 years and were the strongest fortification of the Middle Ages. Eyup Square is the spiritual center of Istanbul for the Muslim Turks, and is the perfect destination for those who would like to enjoy stunning panoramic view from its heights.
Take the cable car up to the coffee house on Pierre Loti Hill, and enjoy some free time to take in the view of the Golden Horn estuary below. It’s just a short drive to the Eminonu Pier, where you’ll board a ferry for a 90-minute breathtaking cruise along the Bosphorus strait, separating the Asian and European continents, and running through the city of Istanbul.
Your expert guide will provide commentary about several Ottoman palaces, ancient fortresses, the continental suspension bridges, and upscale shore villages with typical Ottoman architecture that you see along the way.
During the tour you’ll also see the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge connecting the Asian and European continents, and the Beylerbeyi Palace from the ferry. If time permits you’ll be taken to a leather fashion outlet center. After the tour you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.
Morning balloon flight and transfer back to your hotel. In the afternoon. Half a day Cappadocia tour. Tour Start from Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley), spectacular fairy chimneys and beautiful landscapes. After Devrent valley, you will visit Pasabag (known as monk valley) where double and triple-headed rock formation. Lunch at Avanos, famous for pottery and Red river (Kızılırmak).
After lunch, you will visit Goreme open air museum which heart of Cappadocia. Goreme open air museum famous for wall painting dates back to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks.
Warm farewell, pick up at the hotel, transfer to the airport and departure.