Bosphorus Dinner Cruise
with Turkish Night Show
Duration: 21:00 -24:00
Included: Hotel Transfer, Dinner, Unlimited Soft Drinks, Service Charges
Excluded: Tips and gratuities, spirits and imported drinks.
Per Person Price: 70€
Turkish Classical Dinner Music
Janissary Band of Musicians
Feel the power of the sound of drums, horns and bells.
The Sema Ceremony represents the human being’s spiritual journey and we bring you a hint of one of the remarkable ways to achive this: the way of Rumi, the great Muslim mystic and poet.
Wedding program in Turkey last from four to seven days, starting with separate celebrations of the bride and groom’s families .
Let us surround you with Turkish dance culture and sense the richness of the Turkish music and dance.
Turkish Folk Dance
We proudly present the rich Turkish folcloric traditions which have been kept alive for centuries due to the characteristics of Turkish people.
Duration: 8 hours
Included: Hotel Transfer, English Guide, Entrance Fees, Lunch.
Pick up time: 09:00 a.m.
Per Person Price: 70€
CLOSED: Hagia Sophia on Monday / Replaced with Underground Cistern. Topkapi Palace on Tuesday, Grand Bazaar on Sunday.
HAGIA SOPHIA: The ancient Byzantine church, built by Justinian I between 532-537 AD after the Nika Riot, was later converted to a mosque with the addition of minarets in mid-15th century. The remarkable structure with its 56m high immense dome is a museum today in which you can see both Christian and Islami art. There are good examples of the Byzantine mosaics as well. For about 1000 years this was the largest church in the world, and glory of the Byzantine Empire.
THE BASILICA (UNDERGROUND) CISTERN: Also known as the Sunken Palace, it was used as the water reservoir for the Byzantine Great Palace during the reign of Justinian in 532. Inside the huge building, there is a few feet of water but wooden walkways have been built for visitors. There are 336 columns supporting a cathedral ceiling and some of them were taken from torn-down temples. The interior of the building has special dim lighting and classical music is played to create an eerie atmosphere.
BLUE MOSQUE (SULTANAHMET MOSQUE): This 17th century mosque, near Haghia Sophia, is famous for the beautiful blue tile work ornamenting its walls. Its surrounding six slim minarets distinguish it from other mosques which normally have two or four minarets. It was built by architect Mehmet Aga by the order of Sultan Ahmed I as a complex in seven years and became the most important mosque of the city, right in Sultanahmet square.
HIPPODROME: The ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races was the center of Byzantine political life, standing in the open spance in front of the Blue Mosque, the area is now called as Sultanahmet. Of the Monuments which once decorated it, only three remain, the obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
GRAND BAZAAR: The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 1,200 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewelry, pot tery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by the type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like. The bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.
TOPKAPI PALACE: The Topkapı Palace which has been the center of the state administration for nearly four centuries of the Ottoman Empire, is preparing to host the masterpieces of the Kremlin Palace. The exhibition that is named “Kremlin Palace Treasures are in the Topkapı Palace” is inviting all residents of Istanbul to be witnesses of the great meeting of the two palaces.
LITTLE HAGIA MOSQUE: Formerly the Church of the Saints and Bacchus, is a former Eastern Orthodox church dedicates to Saints Sergius and Bacchus in Constantinople, later converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. Today the environment is a warth seeing natural culture center of lost Ottoman Arts.
Full Day Bosphorus Tour By Boat
Duration: 09:00 -17:00
Included: Hotel Transfer, English Guide, Entrance Fees, Snacks, Lunch, Soft Drinks
Per Person Price: Adult: 79€ / Child: 55€ / 0-2 yrs Free
CLOSED: Dolmabahce Palace on Monday and Thursday / Replaced with Chora Museum.
SPICE (EGYPTIAN) BAZAAR: The Spice Bazaar is located next to the Flower Market on the banks of the Golden Horn called Makron and Envalos by the Byzantine and Eminönü by the Ottomans. The Spice Bazaar is one of the most characteristic places of Istanbul. Spice Bazaar which is one of the oldest covered bazaars of Istanbul is situated within the complex of Yeni Cami. The Yeni Cami complex which was commissioned by Safiye Sultan to be built and the construction of which started in the year 1591 was completed by Hatice Turhan Valide Sultan in the year 1633.In the Bazaar which is famous for its herbalists currently dried fruits, delicatessen and various food staff besides conventional products such as natural medicines, spices, flower seeds, scarce plant roots and peels are sold. It is known that the spices sold here are in addition to their consumption as food staff, useful for the treatment of certain diseases. Lately an increase in the number of jewelery s hops in the bazaar is being observed. Within the Spice Bazaar there are restaurants with a view over the Golden Horn and Galata Bridge as well.
FLY OVER BY CABLE CAR: Enjoy the beautiful view from the cable car.
CAFFE PIERRE LOTTI: Wonderful view of Golden Horn and of Istanbul. Famous French author Pierre Lotti (1850-1923) used to come to this place and wrote many poems about Istanbul, the Golden Horn and life the Harem here.
BOSPHORUS CRUISE BY BOAT: Visiting Istanbul is not completed without the traditional and unforgettable excursion by boat along the Bosphorus, the winding strait seperating Europe and Asia. This voyage is the delightfully surprising mixture of past and present, grand splendon and simple beauty.The shore is lined with modern hotels, yali (old wooden houses), palaces of marble, fortresses and small fishing villages. Zigzag along the shores starting from Kabatas Port up to Rumeli Fortress. Excursion takes about 1,5 hours.
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE: Fourth longest suspension bridge in the world build between Asia and Europe was inagurated in 1973. 1560 meters long, 65 meters high from sea level, 33 meters wide it’s taking six lines of the traffic and 600.000 vehicles cross bridge eveyday.
THE TOWER OF LEANDER: From the sea (no interior visit). Known as Leander’s Tower it is one of the romantic symbols of Istanbul. It was constructed in the 12th century on a tiny islet at the entrance to Istanbul Harbor, the present building dates from the 18th century.
RUMELI FORTRESS: From the sea (no interior visit). It is situated one the European side of Istanbul Bosphorus. It was built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 to prevent aid from black sea to the Byzantine. It took four months to build with 1000 masons 2000 workers.
DOLMABAHCE PALACE: Dolmabahçe was the first Palace built is the European style by Sultan Abdulmecid between 1843 and 1856. The world’s largest Crystal Chandelier sent by Queen Victoria is placed at the center hall, the Chandelier has more than 700 lamps and weights 4,5 tons.
CAMLICA HILL: One the highest points of Istanbul. Where you can enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the city and of the Bosphorus as well as the beautiful landscape gardens.
Duration: 08:30 – 17:30
Included: Hotel Transfer, English Guide, Entrance Fees, Lunch.
Pick up time: 08:00 a.m.
Per Person Price: 65 €
The Princes’ Islands are composed of nine islands off the Asian coast of Istanbul, in the Sea of Marmara. There are regular passenger ferries and fast passenger ferries (sea bus) to the four of the islands from Kabatas and fromBostanci districts. Motor vehicles are not permitted on the islands except the ones belonging to local municipalityfor public works, so people walk or rent a bicycle or horse -drawn carriage, even a donkey. These are nice little isla nds where local people have their summer homes or go there for small beaches and for picnicking, or just to wonderaround at the weekends. These four islands are known as Adalar (Islands) in general in Turkish and their namesare Buyukada, Heybeliada, Burgazada, and Kinaliada. There is also Sedefadasi which is not very popular as the otherones and very small settlement on it. There are no settlements on Hayirsizada, Sivriada and Yassiada, and Kasikada is aprivate island. The name of the islands come from the Byzantine period, when princes and empresses were exiledthere. But during the Ottoman period, especially around 19th century with the use of steamboats, these islands becamea popular resorts for Istanbul’s rich people, building their wooden houses. Jewish, Greek and Armenian communitieswere a large part of the inhabitants of the islands. Today, the islands are popular tourist destinations for dailyexcursions especially during summer months. There are many monasteries and historic buildings on the islands,besides Victorian style old wooden mansions.