Combination of Istanbul Classics and Highlights & Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahçe Palace & Cruise to Princes Islands: Walk In Buyukada

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Day 1:

Highlights: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, German Fountain, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapı Palace, Caferağa Medrese, Soğukçeşme Street, Hagia Irene Church (From Outside)

This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque-the only mosque with six minarets and its surroundings will be our next place to visit. Next, you will see the German Fountain - a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2.  and listen the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hagia Sophia - The Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Topkapı Museum is the big one...the most important museum of  Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, gardens, kiosks… Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture is simply to come direct to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace. Next place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). Our final places of interest are Caferağa Medrese and Soğukçeşme Street. To see these things with a great guide...well, you will never be quite the same again. 

Day 2:

Highlights: Spice Bazaar, Rüstempasha Mosque, Bosphorus&Golden Horn Cruise(90 Mins), Bosphorus Bridge, Çamlıca Hill, Dolmabahçe Palace

From the awe-inspiring Dolmabahce Palace to the ancient Walls of Constantine and onto the Topkapi Palace, experience the best views the city has to offer while enjoying a wonderfull cruise along the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. A journey along
the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn with Istanbul Cruise will give you a unique insight into the great city’s history. Our cruise and tour ends in Eminönü Pier where the cruise started. Passengers willing to continue our full day tour will disembark in Üsküdar.

The tour starts at your hotel where you will take your vehicle. You will drive over the first INTERCONTINENTAL BRIDGE that connects Europe and Asia. Bosphorus Bridge was built in1973 and its lenght between two legs is 1074 meters and the time of construction was the fourth longest suspension bridge of the world. Çamlıca Hill is the highest peak of Istanbul. Following a short drive after the suspension bridge we will reach the 268 meters hill. Here we will see the splendid panorama of the Bosphorus Strait. Following a photo stop we continue to drive over the suspension bridge and than arrive to Dolmabahçe Palace where you will have a unique experience of this magnificent 19th century building with excellent guide!

Day 3:

Highlights: Phaeton Ride, Splendid Hotel, Wooden Houses, Three Hours Boat Trip

Büyükada, literally “Big Island” in Turkish, is the original  Princes’ Island which is the largest and most populated of the  Princes’ Islands. Büyükada was used as an exile destination and as a monastery region during the Byzantine Christian period. During the Byzantium history the island was also used as a prison for those who were opposing the Emperor. It was Büyükada where the Byzantine empresses Irene, Zoe and Anna Dalassena were sent on exile. After his deportation from the Soviet Union in February 1929, Leon Trotsky also stayed for four years on Büyükada. We see mansions, palaces, churches, convents and much more... At the and of the tour we will take the ferry and be back to the city and then drive back to your hotel.

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