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Day 1
Departing from the port, you will begin with a drive over the Golden Horn towards the Old City. Your first stop will be the ancient Hippodrome. For over 1,000 years this was the center of Byzantium life. Afterwards, for another 400 years, it was the social center of the Ottoman Empire. The Hippodrome was the scene of countless political and military dramas, including the famous chariot races.

Hagia Sophia Museum, originating as a church in 360 AD under Constantine, Hagia Sophia was converted into a Mosque when the city was conquered by the Ottomans in 1453 by Sultan Fatih Sultan Mehmet. Today, the Museum is considered as the most important Byzantine monument in the world.

The Blue Mosque, known for its architectural harmony, proportion and elegance, is unique as it is the only original mosque in the world with six minarets. Breathtaking stained-glass windows and graceful arabesques decorate this mighty structure.

The Turkish Islamic Museum of Arts is located on the west side of Hippodrome, now exhibits a variety of items from antique kilims, manuscripts, calligraphy, wood, ironwork, and stone sculpture, stained glass and folk art as well as the Ethnological collection, devoted mainly to the nomads of Anatolia. The Museum also hosts the most valuable ancient Turkish carpets namely the original Usak and Selcuk Carpet collections.

The highlight of the tour will be Topkapi Palace (Harem section excluded). Topkapi Palace is a great walled complex hugging the shores of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn and it was once the residence of Ottoman Sultans. Mehmet II built the palace-city, home for three centuries of Sultans, in the mid-1400s as a summer palace. Topkapi was enlarged by Suleiman the Magnificent into the Sultan's principal residence and with the successive Sultans grew into a great complex of buildings set in lovely gardens. A series of courtyards connect various buildings which now house an astonishing collection of Chinese porcelain, treasures, the celebrated Topkapi Diamond and much more.

After a short drive you will reach to Chora Museum, located just beyond the ancient city walls. The Chora Museum, built from 1077 through 1081 by Maria Dukaina, the mother-in-law of Emperor Alexius Comnenus, has had many restorations and refurbishments during its long history. Converted into a Mosque in 1500 by the Ottomans, the frescoes and mosaics were cleaned and preserved by the Byzantine Institute of America between 1945 through 1959. The mosaics and frescoes depict the lives of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Dating from the early 14th century, they are beautiful examples of the Byzantine Renaissance.

The Grand Bazaar is one of the most colorful sites of Istanbul. This Bazaar is composed of two sections namely the covered part and the modern part. The covered part is a whole quarter on its own, surrounded by a wall and entered through eleven gates. The maze of streets and lanes are one of the greatest sights in the city, where various trades such as carpets, jewellery, leather goods, silver; varieties of souvenirs, textile, antiques, and home textile are segregated into particular sections of the bazaar. You will have the chance to explore the exotic atmosphere of the covered part for a brief period of time. You will also have the opportunity to visit the open and modern section of the Grand Bazaar which offers the best artworks and reliable shopping to your disposal.


Day 2
Be ready to treat yourself in the Turkish Bath! The Turkish Bath is the Middle Eastern variant of a steam bath, which can be categorized as a wet relative of the sauna. They have played an important role in cultures of the Middle-East, serving as places of social gathering, ritual cleansing, and as architectural structures, institutions, and (later) elements with special customs attached to them. Europeans learned about the Hamam via contacts with the Ottomans, hence the "Turkish" part of the name. Something not to miss in a person's lifetime to treat oneself is certainly Turkish Bath - Hamam! Specially decorated sultan's fruit platter and Ottoman appetizers will finalize your experience while resting at steam center.

Another fascinating attraction from the Byzantine period that you will visit is the massive Underground Cistern, the imperial water storage tank. More than 300 beautiful columns of various designs support the cistern's vaulted brick roof.

Your tour will continue with a drive to the Spice Bazaar where you will see and smell the exotic products of mystical Istanbul. You will have free time to explore the bazaar upon directions you will receive from your guide. Depart the Spice Market and proceed to your next destination.

Board a private yacht for a short ride on the Bosphorus Strait with your private guide. Take in the city’s famous and beautiful landmarks from the water as your guide recounts Istanbul’s colorful history.

Whirling Dervishes Ceremony will be the highlight of your tour. The Whirling Dervishes trace their origin to the 13th century Ottoman Empire. The Dervishes known as Mevlevi Order are Sufis, a spiritual offshoot of Islam. Sufis are known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous practice of whirling as a form of zikr (remembrance of Allah). You will witness rhythms of this spiritual concept, which survives even today. While you are watching the ceremony, Dervish snacks such as lucky sweets and traditional Ottoman drink, "Sherbet" will be served.


Approx Duration: 7 hour(s) 45 minute(s) for each day

2 guests: 704$ pp
4 guests: 399$ pp
6 guests: 299$ pp
8 guests: 247$ pp
10 guests: 216$ pp

* Professional licensed tour guide
* All entrance fees
* Private air-conditioned transportation
* Private motorboat for a cruise along Bosphorus

* As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
* Group Tour: Please contact us for your group requests.
* The program is organized to be completed in 2 days by far the best way to fully experience this marvelous city. You may also take any
   of these days as standalone tour according to your preference.

Sites to Visit
Hagia Sophia
Blue Mosque
Turkish Islamic Museum of Arts
Topkapi Palace
Chora Museum (Kariye Museum)
Grand Bazaar
Turkish Bath
Underground Cistern
Spice Bazaar
Bosphorus Strait onboard your private boat
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony

Shore Excursion Points of Distinction
* Professional English-speaking experts to guide you through your journey.
* Peace of mind in knowing that your excursions are monitored by our staff.
* A staff of experienced, excursion specialists expertly plans each tour and is dedicated to maximizing your time in each port.
* Travel with premier, licensed and insured, best available, climate controlled luxury transportation.

* Guests must be able to walk approximately 1-1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 40 to 65 steps thus the
   guests must be cautious to watch their step
   at all times in order to avoid injuries.
* Comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen are strongly recommended.
* Please expect dense traffic conditions in Istanbul.
* The order of the sites visited may change to avoid the crowds.
* Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; we recommend that you drink a lot of water and use suitable sun
* The ground in the Turkish Bath is slippery. The Turkish Bath is not recommended for guests with cardio and breathing malfunctions.



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