"TURKISH GAMBIT" tour (2 days)
+ FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE AND A SHOPPING TOUR
(New Istanbul Airport - hotel - New Istanbul Airport)
TUR NO: P1 CONTRASTS OF ISTANBUL (MONDAY, THURSDAY)
TUR NO: S1 CAPITAL OF THE OTTOMANS(WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY)
TOUR PACKAGE PROGRAM:
DAY 1: CONTRASTS OF ISTANBUL
Taksim Square and Istiklal pedestrian street – a favorite place for romantic lovers, at any time of the year and at any time of the day. Taksim square is the heart of Istanbul and a traditional rendezvous destination where, despite the constant crowd, you can easily find each other.
Istiklal Avenue. Despite the fact that it is called the Avenue, there is no automobile traffic there. This is a pedestrian street where the old tram "nostalgy" runs. Istiklal is famous for its Baroque buildings, where there are many shops, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants for every taste.
Galata Tower is one of the most ancient historical monuments in Istanbul. Its age dates back as far as the 5th century BC! The tower is located on a high hill, so you can see it from almost any other elevated point in Istanbul. Another favorite place for romantic walks. It offers a stunning panorama of Istanbul, the Bosphorus Strait and the Bosphorus Bridge. The city, as they say, is in the palm of your hand!
Miniaturk is a unique open-air Museum that has gathered all the sights of Istanbul in miniature. 105 copies of Turkish historical monuments: the Hagia Sophia, Galata Tower, Maiden Tower, Bosphorus Bridge, Suleymaniye Mosque and Blue Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Hedjaz Railway, Topkapi Palace, Mevlana Mausoleum, Shumela Monastery, St. Maria’s Church, Istanbul City walls, Istanbul Airport and the Olympic Stadium. Difficult to enumerate all, it is better to see with your own eyes!
Pierre Loti hill. You can take the cable car up to the Pierre Loti hill. The observation deck at pier Loti is the perfect place for successful photos of the panorama of Istanbul. There you can look into the well-known cafe with the same name and taste the fragrant Turkish coffee or Apple tea, admiring the views of the city. The cafe was named after the French naval officer and writer Louis Marie Julien viot, who created under the creative pseudonym Pierre Loti. According to legend, Loti wrote his first novel "Asiade" – astory about the love of a brave naval officer and a beautiful Turkish woman - on the terrace of this cafe.
The Panorama 1453 Museum – a new tourist attraction, one of the best and most high-tech museums of this type in Europe. It is also called the "Magnificent panorama". You will see fragments of the most striking and important historical events in the history of the Ottoman Empire. Here you can not just watch the scenes of the capture of Constantinople, but also literally feel like a participant in them. Bright video series and original sound effects will give a sense of virtual presence, thus causing a huge number of unforgettable emotions!
At the end of the tour, you will walk along the majestic Ancient Walls of Constantinople. This amazing architectural structure dates back to the 5th century BC and is the only one that has survived to this day in Europe.
DAY 2: CAPITAL OF THE OTTOMANS
Topkapi Palace is one of the main attractions of Istanbul and one of the most famous museums in the world. It was built in 1479 by order of Sultan Mehmet on the coast of the Marmara Sea, and for 400 years, until the middle of the 19th century, the Palace was the main residence of the Turkish padishahs. The Museum displays only a tenth of the exhibits, and it has about 65 thousand units. The Armory, harem, Treasury, library, collection of ancient manuscripts and many pavilions are part of the Palace complex. Unique handmade items made of porcelain, silver, gold and precious stones will be admired even by experienced travelers.
The territory of the Palace is surrounded by greenery, its area is 700 thousand sq. meters, and the Palace complex is surrounded by beautiful gardens and parks. You will have an opportunity to walk through them and take picturesque memorable photos.
The Blue Mosque, or Sultanahmet Mosque, is one of the most significant symbols of Istanbul. The mosque was built in the 16th century by order of Sultan Ahmet I, it is the greatest masterpiece of not only Islamic but also world architecture, as well as one of the largest mosques in the world. The name of the mosque was given due to the handmade white and blue tiles that were used in interior decoration.
The Hippodrome occupies part of Sultanahmet square. The construction of the Hippodrome was started by the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in 203, in those distant times when the ancient city of Byzantium stood on the site of the city of Istanbul. The square was intended for chariot racing – one of the most spectacular competitions of those times. Then, in 330, the Emperor Constantine created a new capital and rebuilt the square, increasing its territory in length and width. In 1453, after the Turkish conquest of Constantinople, the Hippodrome was already used for mass entertainment events. The square has preserved the most ancient architectural monuments. This is a 300-ton Egyptian Obelisk made of pink and white Aswan granite, dating from the 16th century BC, and a Serpentine Column symbolizing the victory of the Greeks over the Persians in 479 BC.
The German fountain, located in the Central Sultanahmet square, was given by the Germans to the Ottoman Empire in memory of Kaiser Wilhelm II's second visit to Istanbul in 1898. The fountain is built in the neo-Byzantine style in the form of an eight-column gazebo, decorated with gold mosaics inside. It was constructed in Germany and then transported in parts to Istanbul.
Hamam Hurrem Sultan (external inspection) was built in 1557 by order of Sultan Suleiman for his beloved wife Hurrem Sultan. After 1910, the bathhouse was unfortunately closed and abandoned. In 2011, after restoration work, the bathhouse was reopened to the public, and now it looks the same as it did 450 years ago. It should be noted that 17 million Turkish liras were spent on the restoration of the bath. Now the bath is functioning and is the most expensive and elite bath in Turkey.
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