Arrive in Istanbul. Our staff will be at the airport to welcome you. Transfer to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Istanbul. Please ask for optional extra tours & activities – we can arrange additional activities for your free time.
You will be picked up from your hotel for the full day Istanbul Old City Tour.
This tour is a must in any Istabul visit and gives you an experience of the rich history of both Byzantines and Ottomans.
Roman Hippodrome (Sultan Ahmet Meydan):Our tour will begin at the the “Roman Circus” where chariot races were organized in the Roman and Byzantine eras. You will also see three monuments which are situated in the square. An ancient Egyptian Obelisk – the Obelisk of Theodosius (Dikilitas in Turkish), from the era of ancient Greece, the Serpent Column (Yılanlı Sütun in Turkish) and the German Fountain (Alman Çeşmesi in Turkish) which was a gift form German Emperor Kaiser II to the Ottomans.
Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya):One of the architectural marvel of all times. It was builded as a Christian Patriarchal Basilica ( Church ) and later used as a mosque at ottoman era and now finally opened to visit as a museum.
Topkapi Palace and Museum – the greatest palace of the Ottoman sultans which is situated at the historical peninsula with a huge glory. It’s the most important and biggest museum to sense Ottoman’s history 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.
Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque just across from St. Sophia was built in the 16th century during the rule of Sultan Ahmet I by the architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga. It is known as the Blue Mosque since the interior of the mosque is lined with more than 20,000 handmade İznik style ceramic tiles made at Iznik (the ancient Nicaea) in more than fifty different tulip designs.
Grand Covered Bazaar was the trade center of Ottomans and is still one of the most important trade area and is a famous shopping destination for authentic historical gifts. 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 handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
Pick up at 08:00 A.M. from your hotel for the Bosphorus Cruise with Asian Side & Spice Market.
It’s a bewitching and peerless route that you can experience only one city in the world. You will take a journey within a city but into two continents, covering bridges, old wooden houses, castles and walls, palaces from Ottomans late era. Visit Dolmabahce Palace, which today serves as a museum. Being the royal residence of Ottoman dynasty after 1856, this spectacular palace is a combination of art nouveau and baroque styles. The palace has cost 5 million Ottoman gold coins which are equal to 35 tons of gold today. 14 tons of gold in the form of gold leaf were used to gild the ceilings of the palace which cover 45,000 square metres mono block. Last Sultan left the palace in 1923 when The Republic of Turkey was founded. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk also breathed his last here.
Bosphorus Bridge – Bogazici koprusu – The First bridge of Istanbul was built in 1973 that connects two continents.
Camlica Hill – Camlica Tepesi The highest point of Istanbul where offers extensive panoramic view of the city including Bosphorus.
Golden Horn – Halic – Golden Horn is an inlet of the Bosphorus dividing the city of Istanbul. It is called as Golden Horn because of its shape. During Ottoman Empire, many non-Muslims lived in that area so you can see many churches and synagogues here today. You will visit this district by bus after Camlica Hill.
Fener Greek Patriarchate (Fener Rum Patrikhanesi) – Its role as the Mother Church among the most modern Orthodox churches makes it very important place to visit. Since 1586, the Orthodox Patriarchate has had its headquarters in the relatively modest Church of St. George in the Fener district of Istanbul.
Lunch will be provided in a cozy local restaurant
Bosphorus Cruise – You will have chance to see the gorgeous Bosphorus during your boat journey. The Bosphorus is the unique strategic waterway which connects the two continents – Europe and Asia – so it is a bridge between European and Asian Sides that makes Istanbul unique as well.
Leather Fashion Show – Turkey has many options for shopping from ancients markets to big shopping malls but the only steady thing is the popularity of leather and fur. Turkey is one of the few productive countries in this market. All samples are collected in Istanbul and demonstrated in the shops by the experts. These shops use the best models in their shows
Spice Market – Mısır Çarşısı – Being within the complex of Yeni Camii, Spice Market hosts 88 shops which are all under the same dome. You will see what makes Istanbul such a vibrant city while smelling the scents of spices and herbs, trying different tastes like Turkish delight, seeing the lights and hearing the sounds of crowd. We suggest you to indulge yourself with halvah and baklava while drinking your Turkish coffee.
Pick up at 10:00 A.M. from your hotel for the Istanbul Aquariıum.
Price includes: Transportation, Entrance Fee of Istanbul Aquarium, 5D Cinema, Mirror Labyrinth, Quest Rainforest.
It will be a unforgettable day full of fun for your family. First you will visit the Istanbul Aquarium which is the biggest thematic aquarium of the world. Istanbul Aquarium holds a leading position among worldwide aquariums thanks to its volume, variety of fish species, and the activities on travel routes. What makes Istanbul Aquarium unique is that everthing is categorized into 16 themes. So you will take a 1.2 km excursion, navigating from one sea or ocean to the other. You’ll witness the life under water and learn about the cultural, historic and architectural characteristics. More than 1500 species and 15000 land and sea creatures includes sharks, giant stingrays, groupers, piranhas, and octopis are beeing displayed in Aquarium. A 5D 6-axle movie house within the same complex is our next stop – guests will have a unique experience, with unique wind, fog, water and touch effects. Following your visits you will have free time in mall. With shopping and leisure concepts under one roof, Aqua Florya is a destination in itself, especially for families. At the end of the day we will bring you back to your hotel.
You have a leisure time to explore the city on your own or ask your tour operator for extra tours & activities.
Some extra-fee activities:
Pick up at 08:30 A.M. from your hotel for the Princes’ Islands Tour.
Princes’ Islands is the common name of Islands on the Marmara sea that are close to Istanbul shore. We will visit the biggest and the famous one named Buyukada ( Big Island ).
Although the islands are parts of Istanbul, it is a great option to escape from hustle & bustle of the city even for one day and experience the other face of Istanbul. All of the islands are famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation and ornate Ottoman houses, and cars are strictly prohibited on all of them. Transportation is by horse-drawn carriages which are known as phaetons, or by bikes. 1.5 hour journey by ferry will take you to a paradise which hosts innumerable shades of green and blue. Our destination is Büyükada (Prinkipos in Greek) which is the largest of the isles of 9 but the ferry stops only at 3 of them until Büyükada. Horse-drawn carriages meet us at the park and we start a pleasant and refreshing ride through the pine trees. You can even visit Aya Yorgi – a monastery on the top of the hill – which is an impressive place to climb.
Pick up at 08:30 A.M. from your hotel.
We’ll take to Eyup district situated outside the citywalls on the shore of Golden Horn. This area is widely considered as Istanbul’s holiest site. We will visit the Eyup Sultan Mosque. Eyüp Sultan is believed to have died during the first Arab siege of Constantinople in the 670s – he was one of the closest companion of Promphet Muhammed. His tomb is greatly venerated by Muslims and attracts many pilgrims. The mausoleum is on the north side of a courtyard opposite the main entrance to the prayer hall of the mosque.
Then car cable will take us to Pierre Loti Hills, where the orientalist French poeter Loti wrote admiring its captivating view.
The last stop of our tour will be Miniaturk Park where you can see a sample of historical buildings of Turkey. In addition to the models that are exhibited in the atmosphere of an open air museum in Miniatürk, different venues have been designed to enable the visitors to enjoy quality time (though these come with extra fees). The 400 people capacity amphitheatre, shopping centre where souvenirs of Miniatürk are offered for sale, Turkey-Istanbul helicopter simulation tour, kids’ play areas for our little visitors, ferryboat, Miniland kids’ playground, travel train, Fairy Tale Tree, the Olympic Stadium of the Four Great Teams, chess and labyrinth are some of these areas.
Check out after breakfast. Transfer to airport depending on your flight time.