(Open buffet breakfast at hotel )
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to Hagia Sophia - this ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed byJustinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
Topkapi Palace - the great palace of theOttoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and ChinesePorcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, theHoly Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St.Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificentinterior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the threemonuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
Lunch breakat 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR. In this labyrinth ofstreets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street,thecarpetsellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted.
Ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware andtrays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight inIstanbul.
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed onsundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophiaand Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.
(Open buffet breakfast)
Pick up at 08:30am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour. Visit theSPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron,mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore islined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you willsee the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabache Palace, and further along,the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters ofits marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their workalong the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by sidefor centuries.
RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in onlyfour months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works ofmilitary architecture anywhere in the world.
BEYLERBEYI PALAS (PALACE) The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated gloryfeaturing original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul.
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). CAMLICA HILLthe highest point in Istanbul.
At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul andthe Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style. After the Lunch stop depart for the SHOPPING TOUR (after cruise) Experience the traditionalsilk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education.
You will get the opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts centre and a modern leatherwear show. Enjoy theexperience of shopping whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen, with a local escort fullof knowledge about how to haggle the streets of Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul.Tonight we have an Indian dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight in Istanbul.
Open buffet breakfast,
After breakfast depart for Istanbul Ataturk Airport for domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from airport & check in toyour hotel in Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia
End of Tour(Breakfast included)
After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domesticflight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in thefuture in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing ATM travels !.