Combination of Istanbul Classics and Highlights & Turkish Coffee Trail

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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: Coffee Making Course(With Certificate) in a Coffee Shop, Coffee Tasting in Oldest Coffee House of Istanbul, Spice Bazaar, Ottoman Coffee Storage, Oldest Coffee Shop of Istanbul, Turkish Delight Tasting in Oldest Historical Delight Shop (Hacıbekir), Kurukahvedji inn.

Coffee is national drink of Turkey that has a long historical tradition. Its story began in Egypt, where the Ottomans brought the first coffee beans to Istanbul in 1519. The first coffee shops were open some 30 years later in Eminönü district. There were prohibiton decrees by some Ottoman Sultans. Our tour begins with a Turkish coffee making course where participants will get certificate et the end. Afterwards the tour will continue with the historical “Coffee Route” – where we will have coffee and some Turkish delight tasting in this historical venues.Tiny streets, historical walkways, intriguing old bazaars, Ottoman coffee storages. And a guide that will exhilarate the past and make your day valuable is the event of this day!

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