DAY 1: Arrival at the airport in Istanbul, transfer to the hotel, a walking tour to the less known places and we will offer our guests the typical Turkish Coffee at a traditional thee house from the 16th century, overnight in 4 star hotel at the Old Town.
DAY 2: Sultanahmet Mosque; popularly known as the Blue Mosque was constructed between 1609-1617. The mosque dominates Istanbul’s majestic skyline with its elegant composition ascending domes and six slender soaring minarets. The mosque is known with its 21 thousand of turquoise tiles. After the mosque we will visit the Hagia Sophia Museum. It was first built as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral and later was converted into mosque when the city was conquered by the Ottomans in 1453. Our next visit is the Topkapı Palace. The highlight of the palace will be the visit to the Pavilion (15th century) of the Holy Mantle of the Prophet and Holy Relics; the Prophets tooth, broken during the Battle of Uhud, the footprints, letters, bow and sword of the Prophet, the swords of his companions and the chest of Mohammad’s daughter Fatima. Our last stop will be the Arasta Bazaar from the 17th century.
DAY 3: The day starts with a secret gem in the heart of Istanbul; the Caferağa Madrasah from the 16th century and then we will also visit the art studio of a famous Turkish artist who is known in Turkish Paper Marbling This is an ancient Ottoman art and it is a technique of painting in water and then transferring into paper. Then we will visit the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, with its imperial edicts, the oldest Koran’s from the 7th century, warrants bearing the signatures of the Ottoman Sultan’s, Turkish and Iranian miniature writings makes the museum one of the most important Islamic Museum of the World. The museum has been awarded with the Special Jury Award of Museum of the Year Competition of the European Council. In the afternoon we will visit the Mosque of Eyüp El Ensari who was both a friend and standard bearer for the Prophet Mohammed, and was killed during the Arab siege of Constantinople (674-678). We will also visit the Tombs of the Sahabas. Pierre Lotti Hill, City Walls from the 4th century and the colourfull Spice Bazaar from the 18th century will be our next visits.
DAY 4: We will start the day with visiting the Süleymaniye Mosque which was constructed during the reign of Sultan Suleyman ‘the Magnificent’ between 1550-1557. The mosque and its surrounding buildings were designed by architect Sinan, the most famous and talented of all imperial architects. Boat Tour on the Bosphorus, drive to the Asian Continent and a visit to the Şakirin Mosque; A ‘Must See’ mosque with elegance. This is the first mosque in the world which was constructed by a female architect. We will end the tour with Çamlıca Hill.The hill is known with its magnificent vieuw on the Bosphorus.
DAY 5: Visit to the Grand Bazaar from the 15th century known with its 4 thousand of shops. Time to say ‘Goodbye’ and transfer to the airport.
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