The metropolis on two continents
1.Day 1: Arrival
Flight from chosen airport to Istanbul. Reception at airport by our tour guide and transfer to hotel. Depending on arrival time, drive to the Süleymaniye Mosque (only a few small rooms can be visited due to renovation). The mosque was built as a foundation complex (külliye), and it is the largest mosque in Istanbul. Accommodation in Istanbul.
2. Day 2: Classic Istanbul
After breakfast together we have a short information session. Then the tour of the city, the only one in the world which is located on two continents, begins. The glorious days of the Ottoman Empire can be relived on a visit to the Blue Mosque, which is officially called the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The imposing mosque, which stands opposite the Hagia Sophia, was built during the reign of Sultan Ahmed. Our next visit is to the Hippodrome, where many important events in the history of the city took place. The Hagia Sophia (closed on Mondays) is a glorious building from the 6th century AD. Built by the Emperor Justinian, it is one of the most important works of Byzantine architecture. Next on the programme is a visit to the famous Topkapı Palace, which has more than 100,000 objects on display. Finally we will visit a carpet-making workshop. Accommodation in Istanbul.
3. Day 3: Oriental bazaar and Bosphorus trip
The day begins after breakfast with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, which was used as a market place during the Byzantine period before becoming as a building for a jewels and antiquities bazaar after the conquest. Until the mid 19th century, it was also a central point of the slave trade. Next, we will visit the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Bazaar). Finally the Bosphorus steamer trip begins. It is an excursion not to be missed; here, you can see the other side of Istanbul. Pass by villas and pavilions from the 19th century which display the wealth of the city. The steamer trip passes beautiful palaces and villas up to the inlet to the Black Sea. The beauty of the Bosphorus is astonishing. Afterwards, visit to a jewel centre and a leather fashion show.
Accommodation in Istanbul.
4. Day 4: Departure
Transfer from the hotel to Istanbul Airport and return flight.