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ISTANBUL

HIGHLIGHTS OF ISTANBUL
(6 -7 hours incl lunch)

Your private tour of Istanbul begins with a visit to the Hippodrome, which was one of the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire. You will take a short walk to the Blue Mosque, completed in 1616, it is a triumph of harmony, proportion and elegance. The mosque was a part of a complex also ıncluding, tombs, fountains, kitchens, and a bath. The blue Iznik Tiles covering the walls have given the mosque its popular name, Blue Mosque.

Next, you will visit the magnificient Topkapi Palace, the residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. It is located on the promontory jutting out between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. The construction of the Topkapı Palace was completed between 1465 and 1478. Being the imperial residence of the sultan, his court and harem, the palace was also the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. In the Treasury section, you will see breathtaking displays, including the 7th largest diamond in the world, the "Spoonmaker's Diamond" and the Harem is a vast labyrinth of rooms and corridors once occupied by the black eunuchs, concubines, the Sultan's mother and the Sultan himself.

Lunch will be served in an old Ottoman House. You will taste delicious Turkish cuisine in a lovely garden setting.

After your lunch, you will visit the St. Sophia, the church of the Divine Wisdom. The architectural marvel of all time. It was built during Emperor Justinian reign ( AD 537 ) and it remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II who ordered to convert Hagia Sophia into a Mosque. In 1934, Atatürk proclaimed it a museum.

Last, you will continue to explore ninety- two streets of the famous Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish Handicrafts, Oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs all sold in small shops next to each other.

At the end of your day, you will return to the port to embark your ship.

CULTURAL TREASURES (6 hours incl lunch)

First, you will visit Süleymaniye Mosque; Built between 1550 and 1557, Süleymaniye Mosque is regarded as the most beautiful of all imperial mosques. It is the masterpiece of great Ottoman Architect, Sinan. The size of the mosque is immense. The mausoleum of Süleyman the Magnificent and his wife Roxelana were built in the garden of this complex.

Then, you will visit the Church of St. Saviour in Chora. After St. Sophia, St. Saviour Chora is the most important Byzantine Church in the city. It was built in the 11th century AD. The walls are decorated with breathtaking 14th century AD frescoes and mosaics. The mosaics relate to the life story of Virgin Mary and the life of Christ.

Next discover the Egyptian Bazaar; the second largest covered market in Istanbul. It was constructed in the 1660s as part of the Yeni Camii (New Mosque) complex. The name derives from the herbs, and spices imported from or through Egypt. It is still the best place to buy Turkish delight, dried fruit, exotic spices and herbs.

Lunch will be served in a Kebab Restaurant, overlooking the Bosphorus.

After lunch, you will visit the grand 16th century palace of the sultan's Grand Vizier, Ibrahim Pasa, which today houses the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, containing what many consider to be the finest collection of Islamic artifacts in the world. The museum is well laid out and contains rare collections of ceramics, Koran cases, calligraphy, textiles, metalwork and illuminated manuscripts. Its antique carpet exhibit is renowned; the carpets, kilims and prayer rugs forming one of the richest and oldest collections in the world.

Last, you will continue to explore ninety-two streets of the famous Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish Handicrafts, Oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs all sold in small shops next to each other.

At the end of your day, you will return to the port to embark your ship.

BYZANTINE WONDERS (4 hours)

Your private tour of Istanbul begins with a visit to the Hippodrome, which was one of the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire.

Next, you will walk to one of the great buildings of the world: St. Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom. It was built during Emperor Justinian reign (AD 537) and it remained the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II.

Then, you will visit the Underground Cistern, a giant reservoir built by Justinian in the 6th century to bring water to the city to be used in the palaces. It is 70 meters wide and 140 meters long, with a capacity of 80,000 cubic meters of water. It has 336 beautiful columns that support the cistern, two of which are carved with the head of Medusa on the plinth.

Last, you continue to explore ninety-two streets of the famous Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish handicrafts, handmade carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs all sold in small shops next to each other.

At the end of your day, you will return to the port to embark your ship.

OTTOMAN HERITAGE (4 hours)

Your private tour of Istanbul begins with a visit to the Blue Mosque, completed in 1616, it is a triumph of harmony, proportion and elegance. The mosque was a part of a complex also including, tombs, fountains, kitchens and a bath. The blue Iznik tiles covering the walls have given the mosque its popular name, Blue Mosque.

Next, you will visit the magnificient Topkapi Palace, the residence of the sultans for almost three centuries. It is located on the promontory jutting out between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. The construction of the Topkapı Palace was completed between 1465 and 1478. Being the imperial residence of the sultan, his court and harem, the palace was also the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. In the Treasury section, you will see breathtaking displays, including the 7th largest diamond in the world, the "Spoonmaker's Diamond". The Harem is a vast labyrinth of rooms and corridors once occupied by the black eunuchs, concubines, the Sultan's mother and the Sultan himself.

Last, you will continue to explore ninety-two streets of the famous Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish Handicrafts, Oriental carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs all sold in small shops next to each other.

At the end of your day, you will return to the port to embark your ship.

BOSPHORUS CRUISE BY PRIVATE MOTOR YACHT (5 hours)

First, you will visit the Imperial Dolmabahce Palace, which was built in the mid-19th century by Sultan Abdulmecit I, the rococo facade stretches for 600 meters along the European shore of the Bosphorus. You will see the Selamlik Section of the Palace.

Then, you will transfer to your private motor yacht for an exciting cruise on the Bosphorus Sea. The cruise affords excellent sea views of the past palaces of the Ottomans, as well as many beautiful wooden yalis (houses) from the 19th and 20th centuries, old mansions and modern villas. You will also view the Beylerbeyi summer palace. Istanbul life evolves around the Bosphorus Sea and has done for centuries.

Last, you will continue to explore ninety-two streets of the famous Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of Turkish handicrafts, handmade carpets, rare jewels and inexpensive souvenirs all sold in small shops next to each other. The most oriental atmosphere in Istanbul is found in the bazaar.
At the end of your day, you will return to the port to embark your ship.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

- Licensed professional guide in English/Spanish/Portuguese or other preferred language for all -sightseeing.
- Lunch where indicated on itinerary.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at lunch
- Air-conditioned luxury vehicle with a professional driver
- Entrance fees to museums and sites according to the above itinerary
- Bottled water provided throughout the tour
- Welcome package (Sea Song Tours map and brochure, general
Turkey brochure, tour evaluation form)
- 18% VAT tax

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?

- Gratuities to guide and driver
- Items of a personal nature
- Any items not specifically mentioned as included





 

 

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