Istanbul, Turkey Getaway
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Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus strait in northwestern Turkey between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Founded on the Sarayburnu promontory around 660 BC as Byzantium, the city now known as Istanbul developed to become one of the most significant cities in history.
Istanbul being a major city in Turkey is world-famous for its rich history and culture, stunning scenery, magnificent structures, and a plethora of aspects. Istanbul is a prominent center of trade and commerce too.
Day 1 - Arrive Istanbul .
Meet and Assist Transfer to Hotel Remainder of the day at leisure to catch up on jetleg .
Dinner at Kumkapi . Overnight Istanbul
Day 2 - Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Istanbul -
am - Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia
The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque, was completed in 1617 just prior to the untimely death of its then 27-year old eponymous patron, Sultan Ahmet I. The architect Mehmet dedicated the mosque to Sultan Ahmet 111. The Mosque dominates Istanbul's majestic skyline with its elegant composition of ascending domes, six slender soaring minarets and 21,043 pieces of blue tiles The Hagia Sophia, whose name means “holy wisdom,” was built
by Justanian. It is a domed monument originally built as a Cathedral in Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) in the sixth
century A.D. It contains two floors centered on a giant nave that has a great dome ceiling, along with smaller domes, towering above. The magnificent St. Sophia, with its massive dome was a daring engineering feat in the 6th century - architects still marvel at the building's many innovations, once considered the greatest church in Christendom. It was
proclaimed a Mosque soon after the conquest of the city by the Ottomans in 1453, that later was converted to a
Museum You can witness Christian Mosaics with Islamic Scrolls throughout.
pm - Enjoy Cruising the Bosphorus In the afternoon, take a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus, the
winding strait separating Europe and Asia. View humble fishing
villages, wooden Ottoman villas, and contrasting suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait
Shopping at Spice Market Afterward, visit the lively Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas and shop till you drop ( for nuts, herbs ,Turkish Delight etc )
Evening - Dinner Cruise and Show -Overnight Istanbul
Day 3 -Half Day visit to Topkapi Palace followed by shopping at the Grand Bazaar
am - Soak up the opulence of Topkapi Palace, residence and administrative centre of the Ottoman Sultans
The Topkapi Palace (Turkish:Ṭopḳapu Sarāyı), in Istanbul, is one of the oldest historical palaces in the world. It served as the
main place of residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly four centuries ( between the 15th and 19th ) It was turned into a museum in 1924. The jeweled turban crests, silken caftans , priceless Chinese porcelains of the palace and approximately 300.000 archive documents, bear witness to the grandeur of a bygone era. Topkapi Palace is an interesting attraction point for tourists from all around the world with a huge impact on visitors who want to discover the history of Ottoman Empire
pm - Visit to the World Famous 15th century Grand Bazaar End the day at the Grand Bazaar, in the Old City, a favorite place for shopping. You can wander the labyrinth of streets and passages with more than 4,000 shops displaying jewelry, leather goods, carpets and more. Enjoy the art of bargaining and shop to your heart's content!
Dinner at a fine Restaurant
Day 4 - Excursion to Princess Island with lunch
The Princes; Islands are a chain of nine small islands in the Sea of
Marmara. They evolved from a place of exile during the Byzantine
era, to a popular destination for tourists and residents of Istanbul
alike to escape the hectic city life for a day.
Day 5 - Post breakfast, checkout and transfer to the airport for onward destination