Bosphorus cruise & Two Continents Tour
Full Day Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour
Art Walks Istanbul &Turkish Coffee Trail
Sufi Music Concert and Whirling Dervish Ceremony
Upon your arrival you will be picked you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul & Transfer to Hotel
Upon your arrival, you will be picked you up at the airport and transfer to the hotel/hostel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Full Day Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour
You will be picked up from your hotel for Byzantine Relics Tour and you will be taken to meeting point .
This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque the only mosque with six minarets and its surroundings will be our next place to visit. Next, you will see the German Fountain – a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. and listen to the stories of his liaison with the Orient. Hagia Sophia – The Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Topkapı Museum is the big one…the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, gardens, kiosks… Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture are simply to come directly to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace. Next place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). Our final places of interest are Caferağa Medrese and Soğukçeşme Street. To see these things with a great guide…well, you will never be quite the same again.Overnight.
Day 3: Byzantine Monasteries of Istanbul
If you are fan of Byzantine Art and civilization and want to know more about Byzantium Empire this tour is for you. Istanbul is the capital of the Byzantium Empire that rocked the world from 4th to 15th centuries. In this fabulous tour, we take you in the trail of Byzantine Monasteries in Istanbul. This special tour covers most of the historical monasteries of Byzantine Constantinople. We see ruins of Byzantine churches, Byzantine stone houses, cisterns, dungeons, columns, palaces and lots of other places. The highlight of the day is the church of St Saviour of Chora-you will be amazed at the mosaics and frescos. After the tour, we will drive you back to your hotel.
Day 4: Asian Side of Istanbul :Uskudar & Kadıkoy
This tour will begin with hotel pick up from your hotels and drop you to one of the stations of MARMARAY in the European side of Istanbul. You will travel by your guide on this modern train. You will arrive in Üsküdar MARMARAY Station and have a walking tour of these charming Ottoman district, full with historic mosques and complexes. Following the walk – which takes about three hours – you will have lunch at a local restaurant and then take MARMARAY to continue to Kadıköy. Kadıköy is historically known as Chalcedon meaning the ‘City of the Blind’. Our tour will begin with the historical harbor buildings of Kadıköy and will continue through the narrow streets of famous fish market and a straight quarter of Moda. Visits to churches, mosques and mansions are also part of this tour. Following the tour, you will take 20 minutes boat ride to cross the Bosphorus. At the European side, our transfer coaches will take you back to your hotel.Overnight.
Day 5: Turkish Coffee Trail Tour & Dinning Out in a Turkish Way
After your breakfast at your hotel, you will have enough time for freshening up till your start. Then You will be picked up from your hotel midday for Turkish Coffee Trail Tour, and you will be taken to the meeting point. Coffee is the national drink of Turkey that has a long historical tradition. Its story began in Egypt, where the Ottomans brought the first coffee beans to Istanbul in 1519. The first coffee shops were open some 30 years later in Eminönü district. There were prohibited decrees by some Ottoman Sultans. Our tour begins with a Turkish coffee making the course where participants will get certificate et the end. Afterward, the tour will continue with the historical “Coffee Route” – where we will have coffee and some Turkish delight tasting in this historical venues.Tiny streets, ancient walkways, intriguing old bazaars, Ottoman coffee storages. End of the tour program, we will drop you back to your hotel. You will have enough time for freshening up till your food tour start.Around 06.30 pm, you will be picked up from your hotel, and we will take you where ‘real people’ go to dine in a ‘Turkish Way’. You will see and have a chance to meet residents having fun with their friends. We start the evening in a traditional ‘Simit Bakery’. Simit is a bread roll, which is covered with grape molasses and sesame seeds. We take our limits and visit one of the local kıraathane’- which means reading rooms-but-in reality is a coffee shop with lots of men with mustaches playing cards or backgammon! After having traditional Turkish tea in a traditional tea glasses we visit another traditional place: Ocakbaşı-which is a conventional self-service barbecue restaurant where you sit by the fire and grill your kebabs, along with glass of Turkish Raki of course! We continue our gourmet journey passing, seeing and sniffing by some Turkish Restaurants. Finally, we end up in a Meyhane – a traditional Tavern where you taste ‘Meze’, drink ‘Rakı’ and listen to live Turkish Music performed by Gipsy Musicians. Well if you think that is it for the night, you are wrong! We will offer you a traditional ‘İşkembe Çorbası’, which is a ‘Tripe Soup’- the same way Turks complete their evening after being sated with ‘Turkish Rakı’… And of course, no Turkish Night is ‘a complete’ without tasting the ‘Türk Kahvesi’-Turkish Coffee. Sounds tasty huh! Then, At the end of the tour our transfer coaches will take you back to your hotel.Overnight.
Day 6: Goodbye Istanbul.
Breakfast & Check out. Transfer to airport.
Hotel pickup and drop off
Return Airport transfers
5 Nights Accommodation with breakfast (Depending on your choice hotels can be any sort from hostel to 5 stars hotel)
3 Full day Istanbul tour with Lunch
Turkish Bath ( Hammam )
Tips to staff, items of a personal nature
Gratuities ( Optinal )
Pick up time can be changed according to your hotel location. Pick up time will be given you once you inform us your hotel