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Imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet (1609-1616) is one of the great masterpieces of the world and it is the last sample of classical Ottoman architecture. The name “Blue” comes from the famous blue Iznik (Nicea) tiles which adorned the entire interior of the mosque. It is also the only Ottoman mosque with 6 minarets among the other mosques.
Being used as an arena for chariot races, athletic activities and rebellions in Byzantium Era, Hippodrome was also used for similar purposes including executions in Ottoman Period. Today, it is the heart of the Old City which hosts other ancient monuments.
The Madrasa has more than a dozen handicraft courses on offer including the popular Turkish art of marbling (‘Ebru’), painting, jewelry, porcelain, calligraphy, Ottoman language, ceramics and stained glass. Its musical workshops include reed flute (‘Ney’), guitar and leed (‘Ud’). Caferaga Medresesi has become a popular place for both Turkish and foreign artists to study traditional Turkish arts and all are welcome to attend the workshops.
Lunch will be provided in a cozy local restaurant
Started to build in 1460 and finished in 1478 for Sultan Mehmet – the conqueror of Istanbul. Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans. The palace was transformed into a museum in 1924 and was declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985.
(Harem Section is not included in the itinerary because it subjects to additional time and fee so please check with your tour guide if you would like to spend time over there on your own.)
In addition to its historical importance, it’s a bazaar that will tempt even the no shoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather and souvenirs. You have chance to visit 2 parts;
Indoor Part: This part of the bazaar is covered section which is dating back to1461. It is very nice place to see the Ottoman oriental bazaar where you could find some small souvenirs.
Outdoor Part: This section of the bazaar are surrounded with export houses (free V.A.T and free shipment chance) subsidized by Turkish Government where local and foreign visitors who are looking for real Turkish handicrafts-leather-jewelrywhich are being sold with certificate and authenticity. You will enjoy your safe bazaar trip in this hassle free part.
DAY 1 Arrival to Istanbul
Meet at the airport
Transfer to your hotel
DAY 2 Istanbul City Tour
Open buffet breakfast
08.00 – 08.30 Pick up from your hotel by your guide
Fully guided Classical Istanbul City Tour
Hagia Sophia Museum (Closed on Mondays & replaced with Basilica Cistern) Blue Mosque (Closed on Friday Mornings because of Friday Pray) Cafer Aga Madrasa (Closed on Mondays) Lunch will be provided in a cozy local restaurant Topkapi Imperial Palace (Closed on Tuesdays & replaced with Archeological Museum) Grand Bazaar (1461) (Closed on Sundays & replaced with Spice Bazaar)
DAY 3 Istanbul – Gallipoli Tour
06.00 – 06.30 Pick up from your hotel in Taksim area
06.30 – 07.00 Pick up from your hotel in Sultanahmet and transfer to Eceabat
09.00 Breakfast on the way
12:00 Arrive in Eceabat & restaurant lunch in Eceabat
13.00 Depart from Eceabat for Fully Guided Gallipoli Tour
18.00 End of the tour
Overnight Eceabat / Canakkale
DAY 4 Troy – Pergamon Tour
Open buffet breakfast at the hotel
08.00 Depart for Fully Guided Troy Tour
10.30 End of Troy tour & depart for Bergama
13.30 Lunch in Bergama & depart for Fully guided Pergamon Acropolis tour
17.30 End of the tour & depart for Selcuk / Kusadasi
20.30 Arrive your hotel in Selcuk
21.30 Arrive your hotel in Kusadasi
DAY 5 Ephesus Tour
Open buffet breakfast
09.00 – 09.30 Fully guided Ephesus & Virgin Mary’s Tour
Flight, bus and/or accommodation can be arranged