Duration: 06 Days / 05 Nights
Highlights: Istanbul, Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Yalova, Marmara, Yalova, Cumalikizik, Bursa, Cekirge, Uludag
Departure Dates: Everyday
Note: All Istanbul tours are modular and you can use these agenda as a beginning point and we can help to give you a perfect accomodation and unbelievable holiday.
Day 01 - Istanbul Arrival
On arrival to İstanbul Atatürk Airport, you will be met up by our stuff and get helped during your transfer to your hotel. You can have a rest in the afternoon and evening or you have a short trip in the city.
Day 02 - Istanbul
We will go out in the morning to visit the Sultanahmet Square and the gorgeous Blue Mosque decorated with nice seventeenth century Iznik tiles. Then walk through the historical Hippodrome where chariot races were done. After strolling Hippodrome, visit the Hagia Sophia, St. Sophia and Museum. An early Christian church, later changed into a mosque under Ottoman rule, this fabolous temple now standing as a museum with all the handmades from the Byzantine period intact, is especially famous for its lovely mosaics. After having lunch, we will have a visit to the Topkapi Palace Museum, the house of the legendary Ottoman Sultans, now changed into a museum. It has got several exhibition halls,like the Treasury, the porcelain sequence, Armoury and Holy Relics. We will finish this historical day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar and go back to the hotel for overnight.
Day 03 - Istanbul
You will visit Spice Market first, still in use as one of the world’s biggest and the most famous spice bazaars since 1665. Next, we will get on the ferries across the Bosphorus that will take us to both European and Asian sides of the city. This magnificent voyage will take you along the coasts of Bosphorus and you will see the Rumeli Castle from the fifteenth century as well as the seaside summer palaces and peerless wood houses of the area, as well as the natural and perfect beauty of the forests. The last break on the tour is the fishing village in Sariyer, near the Black Sea. From there on we will go by coach via unique Intercontinental Bridge Bosphorus Bridge of the world to go to Camlica Hill on the Asian side. Camlica is the highest hill in Istanbul where you will have a joyment of extraordinary views of Istanbul. And then, visit the Dolmabahce Palace, the home of the Ottoman family with unique furniture and fabolous gardens. End of the tour, you will be transferred your hotel.
Day 04 - Istanbul / Bursa
Early breakfast and check-out from hotel, we go by ferry to Yalova, then on coach to Bursa, where was the first capital of Ottoman Empire and one of the most important and famous treasure houses of Islamic architecture. We will go and visit the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum next to Green Mosque, both world-renowned for their fantastic tile decoration, as well as ned of 14th century Great Mosque and the Koza Han, which for years was the center of Bursa's improving silk trade. After enjoying a calmly cable car riding up the steep slopes of Mount Olympus, we pass to the historic village of Cumalikizik. This is one of the best under preservation Ottoman villages in Turkey with scores of colorful houses built in the traditional style. We will have lunch at one of Bursa's most famous traditional Turkish restaurants, where we will enjoy the best authentic Ottoman dishes in a historic setting, where Sultan Murat II once had. You will be dropped off at your hotel in Bursa for overnight stay.
Day 05 - Bursa / Istanbul
Before leaving Bursa, try one of the many famous Turkish Baths in Bursa. The Turkish Bat bath is a place, where cleaning of both physic and spirit is done, and it has come from hundreds of years. It has an relaxing atmosphere thanks to its natural lighting and dacorations. When coming in to Turkish bath, you leave all the stress of daily life outside, you change your clothes for a waistcloth and wear the traditional clogs. Inside temperature reach up to 50 C under the central vault of the building. This heat and humidity opens the pores of body and rescues the body from the fatty anoils in preparation for your scrub down and a massage by the attendant. Having a nice and resting soap massage you will leave the bath with towels and pass to resting room. Here, tea is offered to you. You leave the Turkish Bath renewed, beautiful and refreshed. Check out and transfer to Istanbul (4hrs).
Day 06 - Istanbul Departure
Depending on your flight time, check-out (12:00) from hotel & remainder of day will be at leisure till your transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your homebound flight.