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Home / Tours / Istanbul / The Pearls Of Byzantium

The Pearls Of Byzantium

TOUR "The Pearls of BYZANTIUM" (2 days)

Held on WEDNESDAYS, SATURDAYS and SUNDAYS

TRANSFER New Istanbul Airport – hotel – New Istanbul Airport (included)

 

THE PROGRAM OF THE TOUR:

 

DAY 1 (08:30 – 18:00): One of the most interesting and rich tours, thanks to which you can visit all the most famous sights of Istanbul: Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Egyptian market, as well as see the shores of the two continents during a boat trip along the Bosphorus and Rumeli Fortress.

 

* At the end of the tour (optional) you can go to the shopping center

 

Hagia Sophia – a landmark, which any self-respecting traveler is obliged to 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, in 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.

 

DAY 2 (08:30 – 17:00): Dolmabahce Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, mosaic  Museum, Chora Churches, the Patriarchate, the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae, the underground reservoir Yerebatan, the Golden horn – here is a list of the sites that this wonderful tour will give you.

 

Dolmabahce Palace – the Palace, the luxury of which argues with Versailles, prestige – with Westminster Abbey. The last refuge of the Ottoman sultans, Dolmabahce impresses with its splendor even the most experienced tourists. The pictures of Aivazovsky, gold, the pianos of the 19th century and the arms, encrusted with precious stones – only a small part of Dolmabahce luxury. It was here that Ataturk died in 1938.

The Sulaymaniyah Mosque, built by the great architect Mimar Sinan by the order of Sultan Suleiman in 1557, attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world every day. Here there are the tombs of Suleiman and his beloved Roxolana, and the mosque itself is considered an outstanding masterpiece of architectural art.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople is the first Orthodox Church in Istanbul, founded in 451. Outwardly unremarkable, the Patriarchate strikes the imagination with its interior decoration. You will see a stone column to which Christ was tied for flagellation, a Golden Patriarchal throne, a Byzantine cross carved from the tree of the Holy cross, unique icons and many other relics, including the relics of the Holy Fathers Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom.

Erebatan tank, which is also called the Sunken Palace, is considered to be one of the most interesting sights of Istanbul. Preserved to this day from the Byzantine times, Erebatan will amaze your imagination by the columns illuminated in the twilights, stone blocks, which depicts the Gorgon Medusa, and swimming pools, where many fishes swim.

The Museum of Mosaics in the Church of Chora is known for its rare ancient frescoes and mosaics of the 14th century, which have no equal in the world. This is one of the masterpieces that Byzantium gave us and where the first Christians of Constantinople prayed to God.

The Church of St. Mary of Blachernae is the best known functioning Church in Istanbul. The temple was built in the V th century over the spring which had long been considered Holy and healing, and is famous for the fact that once the robe, head cover and part of the belt of the blessed Virgin were kept there.

 

* At the end of the tour (optional) you can go to the shopping center

 

The price includes:

 

- group transfer airport Ataturk – hotel  – airport Ataturk ;

* the transfer price of the other two airports of Istanbul, at extra cost.

- 2 days excursion program;

- services of a professional Russian-speaking guide;

- entrance fees to the museums;

- lunch.
 

For reservations, please contact the Reservation Department

istanbul@alaskatour.com.tr

sales@alaskatour.com.tr

 

Our best regards,

"ALASKA TOUR"