Four Era

(Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Empire, Turkish Rep.) in One City: Great İstanbul Tour (4 days)

"Bosphorus, Ortaköy, Copyright: Uptown Travels"

The tour is not a longer one, but like with all our tours parts of it could be used and combined with other itineraries to make a unique experience. There could be several variations, please contact us for suggestions.

Day 1: Bosphorus Cruise Tour, Egyptian Bazaar

Arrival to İstanbul, your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to Kabataş Port. While you are enjoying your lunch, you will have Bosphorus Cruise Tour which is a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating 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 Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. After the cruise you will be headded to Egyptian Bazaar where the air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After visiting Egyptian Bazaar your guide will take you to the hotel.

Day 2: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar

After breakfast, your guide will wait for you around 9:30 am and take you to Hagia Sophia which is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. After visit Hagia Sophia you will visit Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque across from Hagia Sophia built in the 16th century, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue İznik tiles. After the Blue Mosque visit, your guide will give you some free time for lunch. Following lunch, your tour guide will take you to the carpet & leather district in Sultanahmet where you will witness carpet weaving and experiential sales techniques. Then you will have a visit to the Grand Bazaar, where you will have 2 free hours. Following the Grand Bazaar visit, your guide walk you to Sultanahmet Köftecisi Selim Usta (famous Turkish Meat Ball) where you will have a group dinner.

Day 3: Ottoman Relics

After breakfast, your guide will take you to Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewellery thrones of sultans, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world, robes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; Chaber of Sacred Relics. In the area you will also visit following historical places; Hippodrome, center of athletic (chariot races, sports) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.

Caferaga Medresesi, of foundation for serving Turkish Culture organizes various workshop on handicrafts and music.

Day 4: Two Continents and Ottoman Relics

Your guide will take you from your hotel and you will visit; Bosphorus Bridge, drive on the bridge and enjoy the beautiful view when crossing the bridge from Europe to Asia. It is 1704m long and was the 4th longest in the world when completed. Unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes.

Lunch ( at the top of Camlica Hill )

Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul city and Bosphorus from the best point of view.

Ortaköy, is a cosmopolitan area, bordering waters of the Bosphorus with communites of Turk, Greeks, Armenians and Jews. The neighbourhood hosts many different religious. It is also a popular spot for locals and tourists a like with art galleries, night clubs, restaurants, sitting by the waterfront for drink tea and coffee.

Dolmabahce Palace, was the first European style palace built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846.This is the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous with the great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Atatürk lived the final part of his life in the residental part of the palace and died there.

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Contact information
Halaskargazi Cad. Harbiye Palas Apt. No 10 D. 9 Kat 5 Harbiye
Şişli / İstanbul
Tel: +90 212 241 00 41



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