03 Nighs/ 04 Days
Istanbul - the most established and largest metropolis in Turkey, with recent finds revealing that human settlement dates back 400,000 years. Istanbul's visitors are mesmerized by the city's limitless variety. There are numerous museums, churches, palaces, big mosques, bazaars, and natural beauty areas. It will become evident why settlers opted to create a city on this beautiful site many centuries ago when you recline on the western shores of the Bosphorus at sunset and watch the crimson evening light mirrored on the other continent. At times like these, it's easy to see why Istanbul is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cities.
|HM 261||Mumbai||Seychelles||0515 hrs||0810 hrs||Thursday & Sunday|
Arrival at Istanbul/ Sabiha Gokcen international airport. Meet our local representative and transfer to the hotel. Check-in to hotel, overnight stay at hotel.
Explore Istanbul, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, by visiting the Blue Mosque, also known as Sultan Ahmad Mosque. The Blue Mosque, named for its bluish interior and completed in 1616, is now one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Our next stop is Hagia Sophia, a 6th-century church built by Byzantium's Emperor Justinian that later became an imperial mosque and then a museum. Its magnificent dome is a true architectural marvel and a sight to behold. Following that, we proceed to Topkapi Palace, which served as the Ottoman Empire's royal residence from the 15th to the 19th centuries. It is now a museum with many courtyards, rooms, and treasures for you to explore.
Our tour concludes with a visit to the Hippodrome of Constantinople, an ancient 3rd-century Byzantine circus or stadium used for chariot racing and entertainment. There, we'll see the ancient bronze Serpent Column, the 3500-year-old Obelisk of Thutmose III, the Porphyrios Statues, the Walled Obelisk, and, finally, the German Fountain, which was built in Germany and assembled in Istanbul in 1900.
Take a picturesque ferry journey to Buyukada, the largest and most visited of the Marmara Sea's 9 Princes' Islands. As you approach the island, you'll notice a number of beautiful old Ottoman-Victorian houses that are being crowded out by more modern ones. Before lunch in a local restaurant, take a leisurely 40-minute horse-drawn carriage ride around the island.
Emerge in the lively town center with shops, restaurants, and a few hotels after passing through the ancient Ottoman ferry station. Along the market street to the left (east), there are more restaurants and shops, as well as seafood restaurants. A few cafes, a park, and ports for private ferries and yachts can be found to the right.
Breakfast at hotel. Check out of your hotel and head to the airport to catch your flight to your next destination.