Meeting Of Civilizations Tour
MEETING of CIVILIZATIONS TOUR (3 days)
+ FREE TRANSFER AND SHOPPING TOUR (New Istanbul Airport-hotel - New Istanbul Airport)
TUR NO: P1 CONTRASTS of ISTANBUL (MONDAY, THURSDAY)
TUR NO: D1 OLD ISTANBUL (TUESDAY, FRIDAY, SUNDAY)
TUR NO: s3 2 CONTINENTS (WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY)
THE PROGRAM OF THE TOUR:
Day 1: TOUR “THE 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: OLD ISTANBUL
Dolmabahce Palace – a luxurious Palace of sultans on the Bosphorus. It was built in 1842-1853 for Sultan Abdul-Majid I, who wanted to have a Baroque Palace that could compete in sophistication with the European residences of the XVIII century. The decoration of the Crystal staircase and other interiors took 14 tons of gold, and the total cost of construction exceeded five million gold pounds. After the fall of the monarchy, Ataturk settled in the Palace; here he died on November 10, 1938, and after his death, the Palace became a Museum.
The Suleymaniye Mosque is the creation of the great architect Sinan. Today it is the largest mosque in Istanbul. It was built in 1557 during the reign of the Magnificent Sultan Suleiman. The diameter of the dome is 26.5 meters, and the mosque itself accommodates about 5000 worshippers to perform prayers. On the territory of the mosque there is also a library, madrassas, baths, kitchens and even an Observatory, and in the courtyard of the mosque in two neighboring mausoleums lie Sultan Suleiman and his beloved wife Hurrem Sultan.
The Basilica cistern is one of the many reservoirs built near Constantinople to provide drinking water in the event of a drought or siege. A staircase of 52 steps will lead you to the underground, and in the semi-darkness you will see an ancient reservoir with 336 columns. For the construction of the Basilica, the columns were brought from ancient cities and temples, so they are all made of different types of marble and differ markedly from each other. The cistern was used for its intended purpose until the 16th century, when it was needed. Then it was abandoned and only in 1987 in the underground reservoir carried out thorough restoration work and opened a Museum.
The Shehzadebashi Mosque is another work of art by the architect Sinan. This mosque was built in 1548 after the sudden death of the eldest son of Sultan Suleiman and Hurrem Sultan Shehzadeh Mehmet, in order to perpetuate his memory. The inconsolable Sultan sat by the bed of his dead son for 3 days and 3 nights and only then allowed him to be buried... In the shortest possible time, the mausoleum was built, where the coffin with the body of the heir to the throne was soon reburied, and soon the Shehzadebashi Mosque was built.
DAY 3: 2 CONTINENTS TOUR
One of the most interesting and rich tours, thanks to which you can visit all the most famous sights of Istanbul: the Hippodrome Square, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Egyptian Market, the Observation Deck in Asia, as well as see the shores of the two continents during a boat trip along the Bosphorus.
Hagia Sophia – a landmark, which any self-respecting traveler should visit. This 4th largest Christian Church in the world, built in the 4th century, is a unique creation of Byzantine architecture. Here Princess Olga was baptized, ancient mosaics, potholes in the floor of the temple from the feet of the guard of the emperors – you can touch all this in the temple of St. Sophia, the world-famous visiting card of Istanbul.
The Blue Mosque with its 6 minarets is one of the most famous symbols of Istanbul and one of the largest mosques in the world. It got its name due to the magnificent cladding with blue faience tiles. It is the greatest masterpiece not only of Islamic but also of world architecture.
Hippodrome square is one of the oldest buildings in Istanbul. It got its name in honor of the Racetrack, the construction of which was completed on May 11, 330 during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine the Great. The area is certainly worth a visit thanks to its ancient monuments, such as the Egyptian Obelisk and Serpentine Column.
Topkapi Palace, built in 1478, is the place where the brilliant sultans ruled the Ottoman Empire for 400 years. The Palace complex consists of many pavilions, harem, Treasury, library, Armory. Here you will be able to look at the unique products of porcelain, gold, silver, precious stones, see the priceless collection of ancient manuscripts and relics and take pictures in the most beautiful Park.
Egyptian market – was built in 1660 and served the function of providing funding for the construction of a New mosque. It got its name due to the fact that the bulk of spices (at that time) were supplied from India through Egypt. On its territory there are about 80 shops, the main range of which are sweets, spices and herbs, delicacies of dried fruits and meat, dairy products.
From the Observation Deck in Asia you will admire the amazing views of the Strait and Istanbul, and a boat trip on the Bosphorus between the two continents will give you unforgettable memories. Sailing under one of the bridges, do not forget to make a wish! It will definitely come true.
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