DAY 1 - Istanbul Arrivals Dinner Included
Welcome to Turkey. Arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from the airport & check in to your hotel. Tonight you and you group will enjoy a welcome dinner where you will be introduced to Turkish cuisine and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night.
DAY 2 - (ST. SOPHIA/ HIPPODROME/ BLUE MOSQUE)
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.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the
BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
TURKISH & ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM
GRAND COVER BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 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 copper ware, brass ware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE The mosque of S?leyman the Magnificent was built between 1550 and 1557 by the famous architect Sinan whose wish was to surpass the builders of St. Sophia which is conspicuous from its great size, emphasized by the four minarets rising one from each corner of the courtyard. Overnight
DAY 3 - Private Bosphorous Cruise SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar)
The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
BEDESTEN exhibits the traditional silk weaving courses carpet weaving courses authorized by the Ministry of National Education. Possibility to see jewelery, handicrafts center and leather wear show. Free time provided for shopping.
BOSPHORUS ON BOAT 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 Dolmabah?e Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is ?iragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortak?y a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortak?y is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only four months to control and protect Bosphorus. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
BEYLERBEYI PALAS The summer residence of ottoman sultans whit its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian.
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE unique change to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe)
CAMLICA HILL the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the bosphours from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional style.
SHOPPING POSSIBILITY AT BEDESTEN
Exhibition the traditional silk weaving girls at the carpet weaving courses authorized by The Ministry of national education Possibility to see jewelery, handcrafts center and leather wear show. Free time provided for shopping.
DAY 4 - Free day until 20:00 (1001 Nights) 1001 Night Show in Istanbul (With Dinner)
Evening Show Starts: 20:30 pm and end about 23:45pm with having dinner.
Enjoy your night life in Istanbul : We have dinner in a first class restaurant "ORIENT HOUSE RESTAURANT", with half a bottle of wine or a soft drink and will be watching a spectacular floor show of famous belly-dancers with full night, traditional live
1001 NIGHTS Anatolian Folklore Groups featuring popular musical instruments and Turkish singers with surprises. Around midnight we will transfer you to hotel where you stayed.
DAY 5 - Taksim
Today you don't have to wake up early. At 10:30 we will start a different city tour of Istanbul .Taksim District, which is the heart of the night and intellectual life of Istanbul. It has nice bars, restaurants, caf?, cinemas a street in which is the center of the Turkish Film Industry.
DAY 6 - Istanbul The End of The Tour
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We drive you back to the airport. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another CHECKINTURKEY.COM Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing CHECKINTURKEY.COM honeymoons.
Additional Trip Information:
* All tour packages are complemented with centrally located stylish boutique or luxury hotels, or the best available for rural regions.
* All of our tours can easily be customized to suit individual preferences. This is a suggested itinerary only.
* Return Transfers to Istanbul Airport.
* 5 nights 5 Star hotel accommodation in old city center.
* 2 full day city tour with professional tour guide.
* Bosphorus Boat Cruise
* 1001 Night Show in Istanbul (With Dinner)
* All Entrance fees for Museums and Sites.