Days - 4 Nights Istanbul Walking Tour Package
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If you have only 5 days in Istanbul and want only the finest boutique hotels and VIP treatment, then this package is for you. We want to offer the best and the most package travel;regular or private throughout Istanbul whilst maintaining quality of service, quality of life and value for money.
FROM UNIVERSITY TO FINDIKZADE & SAMATYA–THE ARMENIAN DISTRICT (Full Day with lunch)
LALELİ MOSQUE, HASEKİ MOSQUE AND COMPLEX, CERRAH PAŞA MOSQUE AND COMPLEX, ARCADIUS COLUMN, BAYRAM PAŞA COMPLEX, HEKİMOĞLU ALİ PAŞA MOSQUE AND COMPLEX, RAMAZAN EFENDİ MOSQUE AND COMPLEX, SÜMBÜL EFENDİ MOSQUE AND COMPLEX, SULU MONASTERY, GREEK & ARMENIAN CHURCHES, SAMATYA SQUARE
Istanbul University is probably one of the oldest universities of Europe, established by Constantine The Great. We begin the stroll from the Roman Forum Taurus. Your guide will show you interesting parts of the Bayazit District. We will be touched by the stories of the unlucky Sultan Mustafa III. What do you know about the Byzantine Monks of the Myrelaion Monastery?Where was the square for executions in Byzantine Constantinople? Haseki is an area with amazing mosques, historical hospitals, Romaic churches, Roman remnants, and many other historical buildings. Let your guide show you this amazing historical part of Istanbul. Thisis a walk to areas where the traditional Istanbul Fish Festival is organized. Up to recent times, Samatya was mostly inhabited by Armenians, who own the church of Surp Kevork (St. George), also called Sulu Monastery - which dates back from before the Ottoman conquest. The Greek orthodox have churches such as Hristos Analipsis and Haghios Menas. There is Latin churches as well. Turks have impressive mosques such as Ramazan Efendi Camii, which is Sinan s work of art, and Kocamustafapaşa Camii, which is the former Byzantine Church of St Andrew. The walk covers many other historic places. Entry to the churches may vary at the moment of each visit.
THE GRAND BAZAAR WALK– Walk in the oldest shopping mall and other bazaars (Half Day Afternoon)
HIGHLIGHTS: COVERED BAZAAR, GOLD MELTING, SILVER CARVING, OLD HANS
Probablythe best way to describe the Grand Bazaar is to quote Mark Twain - "We went to the Grand Bazaar in Stamboul, of course, and I shall not describe it further than to say it is a monstrous hive of little shops - thousands. I should say - all under one roof, and cut up into innumerable little blocks by narrow streets which are arched overhead." With more than 4000 shops in 64 streets and with 22 gates, the-Grand Bazaar - or Kapalıçarşı as it is in Turkish - , looks like a labyrinth. We must say that this definitely is not a shopping tour - but a walk that will leads you through shops where they sell leather goods, sweets, dried fruit and spices, jewelry, glassware, pottery, fabrics, belly dancing costumes, t-shirts and all sorts of souvenirs. We will visit workshops where you will see how gold is melt in fire, as it has been for centuries; you will witness how the craftsmen fix degrees on carats; you will see how artisans do their engraving on silver.
ÜLEYMANİYE AND VEFA & FATİH MOSQUE TO EDİRNEKAPI (Full Day with lunch)
SÜLEYMANİYE MOSQUE AND COMPLEX, KALENDERHANE MOSQUE, AUTHENTIC TURKISH WOODEN HOUSES, ŞEHZADE MOSQUE, AQUADUCT OF VALENS, FATİH MOSQUE AND COMPLEX,WEDNESDAY OPEN AIR MARKET, YAVUZ SELIM MOSQUE, BYZANTINE OPEN AIR CISTERNS, MIHRIMAH SULTAN MOSQUE.
Istanbul is a city on seven hills. The Süleymaniye area is located on the third hill of the historical peninsula. This tour covers the historical districts from Süleymaniye - the largest Mosque complex of the Ottoman Empire – to Vefa. Do you know why Suleyman is named The Magnificent? Let´s listen to our guide speaking about the greatest of Turkish Architects - Sinan - and the most beloved son of Süleyman The Magnificent - Şehzade Mustafa-the Prince. We walk in and around Vefa and have a chance to taste the traditional refreshment-Boza. Our stroll covers many other historical buildings and stories. MehmetII. is the Ottoman Sultan known as The Conqueror. He was 21 years old when he conquered the city of Constantinople. What is the story behind his success? Did you know he could speak 6 languages fluently!! We stroll around the large Fatih Complex, and see - Roman Columns, Byzantine Churches, Gothic Cisterns, and Large Mosques. The commentary of your guide will bring alive for you the amazing world of the Ottoman Sultans. The most interesting, the liveliest, and the most colorful of Istanbul s street bazaars - Casaba Paxar - are the highlight ofthis tour.
FENER–THE GREEK ORTODOX DISTRICT & BALAT TO TEKFUR (Full Day with lunch)
GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCHATE, RED SCHOOL, BYZANTINE CHURCH OF MUHLIOTISSA, OLD HOUSES, BULGARIAN CHURCH, AYAZMA OF BLACHERNA
Fener is derived from a Greek wordFanarimeaninglanternorlighthousein Turkish. It was a district of prominent and predominantly Romaic (Greek Orthodox) families up to the beginning of the 20th century. It is the part of Istanbul where the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is situated. Did you know that Phanariotes dominated the administration of the Patriarchate. Listen to the story of Phanariotes who served as dragomans to the Ottoman government and to foreign embassies. If you are interested in visiting a Byzantine Church in use or in seeing the only church made of iron and steel in the world – do not miss this walk. Get ready to see houses, pavements, palaces, and other structures of the area, which are being protected by a UNESCO project successfully implemented over the last decade. Balatis located on the southern shores of the Golden Horn. It is one of the Jewish districts where Jews were re-settled during the time of the Ottoman Empire. We walk in Balat and find ourselves in intriguing streets with amazingly colorful life. Synagogues, Armenian churches, Romaic churches, Byzantine remnants and Ayazma s are part of today’s adventure. Although once it had seven synagogues, now it has only two in good condition: Ahrida and Yambol Synagogues. The cast-iron Bulgarian Orthodox church of St. Stephen of the Bulgars, the city walls and the ruins of the Byzantine palace known as Tekfur Saray, the Armenian Church of Surp Hreşdagabet are among many other places we visit during this tour.
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Package Tours Istanbul. Have a safe trip back home and thank you for choosing Package Tours Istanbul.