Airport – Hotel transfer by private minivan.
Day-2: Istanbul Old City Tour
The Old City of Istanbul “Historical Peninsula” and “Walled City” is the oldest part of Istanbul, and the location of most of its historical sights.
Places to Visit:
Hippodrome of Constantinople (Sultan Ahmet Square)
The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a circus that was the sporting and social center of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultan Ahmet Square in the Turkish city of Istanbul, with a few fragments of the original structure surviving.
Sultan Ahmet Mosque (The Blue Mosque)
The Sultan Ahmet Mosque is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Kulliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmet Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque.
Hagia Sophia Museum
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) is a former Greek Orthodox Church, later an imperial mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, from the date of its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox. The building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931.
Topkapı Palace is a large palace in Istanbul that was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years (1465–1856) of their 624-year reign. It is now a museum and as such a major tourist attraction. It also contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including Prophet Muhammed’s cloak and sword. The palace contained mosques, a hospital, and bakeries.
The Grand Bazaar (Covered Bazaar)
The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. The Grand Bazaar is located inside the walled city of Istanbul, in the district of Fatih. The Bazaar can easily be reached from Sultanahmet and Sirkeci by trams (Beyazıt – Kapalıçarşı stop).
The Basilica Cistern
One of the magnificent ancient buildings of İstanbul is the Basilica Cistern located in the southwest of Hagia Sofia. Constructed for Justinianus I, the Byzantium Emperor (527-565), this big underground water reservoir is called as “Yerebatan Cistern” among the public because of the underground marble columns. As there used to be a basilica in the place of the cistern, it is also called Basilica Cistern.
Day-3: Istanbul Golden Horn Tour
Golden Horn is both the name of the estuary of the Bosphorus towards west in Istanbul, and of the district on banks of it.
Places to Visit:
Panorama 1453 Historical Museum
The museum is a panorama painting about the conquest of Constantinople. Here the visitor will witness a scene of the Fall of Constantinople, in particularly the moment the Ottoman troops broke the Byzantine defenses of the city. After the fall, the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, gained the title of ‘Fatih’ (The Conqueror).
Miniatürk is a miniature park situated at the north-eastern shore of Golden Horn in Istanbul. It is one of the world’s largest miniature parks with its 15,000 m2 model area. The park contains 122 models done in 1/25th scale. 58 of the structures are from Istanbul, 52 are from Anatolia, and 12 are from the Ottoman territories that today lie outside of Turkey.
Eyüp Sultan Mosque
Eyüp Sultan Mosque is situated in the district of Eyüp on the European side of Istanbul, near the Golden Horn, outside the Walls of Constantinople. Built in 1458, it was the first mosque constructed by the Ottoman Turks following the Conquest of Constantinople in 1453.
Day-4 and 5: Yalova and Bursa Tour (overnight in Bursa)
Yalova is a city located in northwestern Turkey, near the eastern coast of the Sea of Marmara. Yalova has several tourist attractions, such as the “Yalova Atatürk Mansion” used by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkey, during his visits to the city. The city is famous for its hot springs in Termal district, which gets its name from the Greek word, which means “warm”. Another attraction is the Karaca Arboretum on the way to Termal.
The uniquely beautiful waterfall and natural surroundings are 8 km away from the Üvezpınar village. The route leading to the waterfall is a perfect track for trekking and is a widely popular choice with both foreign and local tourists during the summer. Along this route there are unrivalled views of a dam lake, sea and natural surrounds which are perfect for photo-safaris, nature rambles and picnics.
Bursa City lies in the northwestern part of Turkey near the Sea of Marmara, about 20 km inland. The Ottomans, who started as a small emirate in the countryside just east of Bursa, took control of their first major city, Bursa. As such, it served as the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire, from 1326, when it was captured from the Byzantines, to 1365, when the capital was moved to Edirne in European Turkey, as sultans started to turn their attention to Europe. Most of the historic sights of the city date back to this early period of the Ottomans.
Today, with a population of more than 2,500,000, Bursa is the fourth largest city in Turkey after Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir. It is famous for its peach, chestnut, and silk, although lately, heavy industry located in the outskirts of the city has surpassed these traditional industries. Furthermore, Uludag—one of the highest mountains in Turkey—lies very close to Bursa and is the main winter sports center of Turkey.
Uludağ is a mountain in Bursa Province, Turkey, with an elevation of 2,543 m. It is a popular center for winter sports such as skiing, and a national park of rich flora and fauna. Summer activities, such as trekking and camping, also are popular.
The Grand Mosque of Bursa (Ulucami)
Bursa Grand Mosque or Ulucami is a mosque in Bursa, Turkey. Built in the Seljuk style, it was ordered by the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I and built between 1396 and 1399. The mosque has 20 domes and 2 minarets.
Inkaya Old Tree
Inkaya -a huge centuries- old (approximately 600 years) plane tree with an open-air café sheltered by its deep shadow, on the foothills of (and just off the road to) Uludağ.
Day-6: Istanbul Bosphorus Tour
Along the Bosphorus the strait that lies between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, and separating Europe and Asia, lies several neighborhoods each with a different character palaces of the late Ottoman period, and parks.
Places to visit:
Places to see from the boat:
The Spice Bazaar
The Spice Bazaar is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. Spice Bazaar has a total of 85 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, jeweler, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts.
Dolmabahçe Palace located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, on the European coastline of the Bosphorus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922.
Ortaköy Mosque, officially the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid) in Beşiktaş, Istanbul, built in 1856, it is situated at the waterside of the Ortaköy pier square, one of the most popular locations on the Bosphorus.
Rumelian Castle is a fortress located in the Sarıyer district of Istanbul, on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. It gives the name of the quarter around it. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II between 1451 and 1452, before he conquered Constantinople.
The Maiden’s Tower, also known as Leander’s Tower (Tower of Leandros) since the medieval Byzantine period, is a tower lying on a small islet located at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus strait 200 m from the coast of Üsküdar in Istanbul.
Day-7: Istanbul Princes’ Islands Tour
The Princes’ Islands are popular destinations for day trips from Istanbul. As there is no traffic on the Islands, the only transport being horse and cart, they are incredibly peaceful compared with the city of Istanbul. They are just a ferry ride from Istanbul. Most ferries call in turn at the four largest of the nine islands: Kınalıada, Burgazada, Heybeliada and finally Büyükada.
In spring and autumn, the islands are quieter and more pleasant, although the sea can be rough in spring, autumn and winter, and the islands are sometimes cut off from the outside world when the ferry services are cancelled due to storms and high waves.
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Day-8: Sapanca Lake and Mount Kartepe Tour (Day Trip from Istanbul)
Sapanca (Sakarya City)
A corner of paradise resounding with the peaceful sounds of nature and one of Istanbul’s popular getaways, Sapanca reveals different scenic views in any season. Within the Sakarya province in the Marmara Region, Sapanca is built around a terrific lake and surrounded by lush forests. A natural heritage with a history dating back to 1200 BC, Sapanca is an unforgettable resort with sunny summers and snow-white winters.
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Day-9: Free day (No transportation or tour for this day)
Hotel – Airport transfer by private minivan.
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