DAY 1 – Must Do When in Istanbul
This is the best start for having the idea of what and why Istanbul-Constantinople is a timeless city. Meeting to all city’s magnificent monuments at same spot will take you different times in the past step by step and bring you back to the moment with an experience you will never forget. Our first visit attraction is with largest Topkapi Palace (15th century). An Ottoman Empire palace that was home of twenty five Sultans and thousands state men around 400 years. Neither things to see nor stories finish in this palace. 7th largest historical cut diamond and Topkapi dagger ) Sultans Garments, Holy Relics personal Belongings of Prophet Mohammed, Rode of Moses, Sword of David prophet, Arm Relics of St John the Baptist and many others in this oriental palace.
Following the palace see rare old wooden historic Ottoman houses on the way to the world famous Hagia Sophia from 537 AD. Served as a church about thousand years and mosque about five hundred years. Architecture, Mosaics, paintings and stories have always made it crown of world history and architecture.
After lunch break we visit Hippodrome. Once was centre of social life economy politics and center of chariot races and circus entertainments. Today is a historic square with ancient monuments Egyptian obelisk, Serpent Column and Constantine Porphyrogenitus. From here short walk to Blue Mosque ( Sultan Ahmet ). Built in early 17th century. It is one of the three largest mosque in the city but most colorful and most well known. Next and final visit is the largest and oldest covered Grand Bazaar where shopping art forms to form. Your guide tells you history of Bazaar and give you some tips before ending tour at 5:00 p.m.
DAY 2 – Istanbul on Europe and Asia
Istanbul is known a city on two continents by visitors but locals call it Eurasian city and themselves Eurasian people. This is a day to see hidden gems, talk history, architecture of wonders at the back streets, taste local foods and witness hundred of thousands people coming and going between Europe and Asia. Visit the historic spice or as Turkish call Egypt bazaar. There is no any other place that you can see this many colors and that much spices smell. Short walk to Rustem Pasha mosque. Chosen as most beautiful mosque of Europe by News week in 2007. Enjoy one of your most recent spectacular experience while boat riding along the Bosporus that is not only a water way dividing continents also connects all world’s water to the Black Sea. It has been always an important mark on city’s history, politics, economy and scenic beauties. On the way back of boat riding disembark on Asian continent to have lunch break on the highest spot Çamlıca hill where you can look over Europe and Asia. Drive back to European side to visit Dolmabahçe Palace museum. Breathtaking stairways with the baccarat crystal heaviest historic chandelier, mahogany wood work, well preserved furniture and many others to see.