the city on two continents 4 days
The city on two continents
Day 1: Arrival
Flight from chosen airport to Istanbul. Reception at the airport by our tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 2: Day tour of the city
After enjoying a communal breakfast, you will receive a short briefing covering the most important information about your immediate surroundings and valuable tips for exploring the city of Istanbul. The tour of the city will then begin, taking you through the city formerly known as Constantinople, the only city in the world to be located on two continents. The first item on the programme is a visit to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque in Europe. This holy building with its six minarets ranks as one of the most famous and splendid sultan's mosques in the world. Visitors to the Hippodrome, the setting of many historic events, can marvel at the Egyptian obelisk, the Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain and the Serpent Column. Opposite the Hippodrome, the Hagia Sophia, a magnificent Byzantine construction from the 6th century AD, stands majestically.. Built during the reign of Emperor Justinian, it is one of the most important works of Byzantine architecture and was the archetype for St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. A further highlight of the day is a visit to Topkapi Palace. Shrouded in legend, the palace houses over 100,000 exhibits. As the centre of power in the Ottoman Empire and setting of several intrigues, this palace complex perfectly presents the most widely differing epochs of Ottoman architecture. The final visit is to a leather fashion show. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 3: Chora Church
Following breakfast together, we will travel to the Chora Church. This building ranks as one of the most important examples of Byzantine architecture. Afterwards, we will continue on to the Golden Horn. We will visit the Egyptian Bazaar here. The final visit is to a jewellery centre. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Optional afternoon excursion: Bosphorus steamer trip
Begin a lovely steamer trip on the Bosphorus. Villas and pavilions from the 19th century display the wealth of the city. The trip begins at the Golden Horn and takes passengers past beautiful palaces and villas to the mouth of the Black Sea. An inspiration to poets and painters, the beauty and grace of the Bosphorus is bound to captivate you too.
Day 4: Departure
Transfer to the airport and return flight.