SULTAN'S TOUR OF ISTANBUL
Continue exploring ancient Constantinople with the great church of Holy Wisdom and the most impressive masterpiece of Byzantine architecture - the Haghia Sophia.Then admire the 6th century Basilica Cistern - the largest water supply of the Roman Empire - which is reminiscent of a sunken palace with its inspiring mystical atmosphere. No vacation in Turkey is complete without a visit to a Turkish Bath. It is time to experience the ultimate way of relaxation therapy of the Sultans through the hamam’s famous exfoliating scrub and soap massage. Enjoy lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel, one of the world’s most extraordinary hotels, converted from a century-old neo-classic Turkish prison. Its restaurant has recently been chosen as the best hotel restaurant in Turkey.. At the end of the day visit the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, the most prominent cultural and ethnographical museum in Istanbul, with its unique antique collection of Turkish traditional crafts and fine arts, such as carpets,tiles,glasswares and woodworks. Enjoy dinner at Tokyo Restaurant..
In the morning, observe the flamboyant lifestyle of the last Sultans in their final residence, Dolmabahce Palace - one of the most opulent among the remaining palaces in the world. Then continue to the Imperial Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, the largest mosque in Istanbul and the masterpiece of the Great Architect Sinan. The Chora Church, a fantastic museum of Byzantine mosaics, depicting Biblical and Apocryphal scenes, is the next attraction.
Have lunch at Zeyrekhane Restaurant with it’s magical view and delicious Ottoman cuisine. Finish the day by strolling through the labyrinth streets of the unique Grand Covered Bazaar - Which houses 4000 shops. Enjoy dinner at Beyti Restaurant..
Today begins with a visit to the Military Museum, with its comprehensive collection of historical treasures of Constantinople, from both the Ottoman and Byzantine periods. Enjoy the truly unique experience of travelling between two continents (one that can only be found in Istanbul) on a cruise of the Bosphorous. Then cross to the Asian side of Istanbul over the Strait and through the Bosphorus bridge to Camlıca Hills - one of the highest hills of the city and a meeting place for young lovers. Have lunch at Kanaat Restaurant - where cooking is not done by recipe but by the soul.. Return to the hotel for a leisurely afternoon..
Enjoy dinner at Kervansaray Night Club, accompanied by a lively show of belly dancers and traditional folk dance groups..
You will be transferred to the airport for your homebound flight..
You will be met at the airport and escorted to your deluxe hotel. You will receive a brief information session about your tour from your dedicated lecturer-guide.
Start the day off with a leisurely tour of ancient Byzantium. Visit the Hippodrome, formerly used as the arena for chariot racing by the Romans (which is now an open air museum exhibiting some of Istanbul’s oldest monuments). Next see the world famous Blue Mosque - the Imperial mosque of Sultan Ahmet - decorated with six elegant minarets and exquisite blue Iznik tiles. Then discover the mysterious and intriguing lives of the Sultans in the 550 year old Topkapi Palace (where the Imperial Treasury is also displayed).
Have lunch at the Hamdi Restaurant (with its incomparable view) situated in the heart of the old city and offering the unique flavours of the east. The pistachio Kebab is highly recommended. After lunch experience the mercantile habits of the Turks and one of the most exotic aspects of Istanbul in the fragrant Spice ( Egyptian) Market. Enjoy dinner at Korfez Restaurant on the asian side of the Bosphorus.