Dreem holidays in Istanbul and Anatolian, 6 Days,Lets enjoy it.

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Istanbul, Turkey – Turkey 
Duration: 6 days
Maximum Number Of Travelers: 9

Prices Start At          $ 1300 USD / 91,000 INR

amukkale and antiquities of Hierapolis Opt to swim in Hierapolis’ warm water springs where Romans once bathed Enjoy five nights’ accommodation, plus meals, air-conditioned transport and two domestic flights

The 8,000 year-old city of Istanbul is a meeting point between Europe and Asia, strung together with two bridges over the Bosphorus Strait. It’s not hard to fall in love with Istanbul, a city that easily unites history, art and culture with a modern lifestyle. Whether it’s the Turkish cuisine, thousand year-old historic spots, or the energetic lifestyle, Istanbul holds something for everyone.

Based on my several past trips to Istanbul, I have created the below itinerary as the Perfect way to see the city with a main focus on History, Culture and Architecture.

 

Well done! Five days in Istanbul is the good amount of time to spend if you are coming here for the first time. It will allow you to see the most important attractions while also enjoying some of the cities hidden gems and beautiful, winding, colorful streets.

The 8,000 year-old city of Istanbul is a meeting point between Europe and Asia, strung together with two bridges over the Bosphorus Strait. It’s not hard to fall in love with Istanbul, a city that easily unites history, art and culture with a modern lifestyle. Whether it’s the Turkish cuisine, thousand year-old historic spots, or the energetic lifestyle, Istanbul holds something for everyone.

Based on my several past trips to Istanbul, I have created the below itinerary as the Perfect way to see the city with a main focus on History, Culture and Architecture.

Galata Tower

Galata Tower’s history stretch right back to the sixth century, when it was built as the Lighthouse Tower by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius. 

Initially, the tower was built with wood, but when it was taken by the Genoese in the 14th century it was rebuilt with stone and named Christea Turris (the Tower of Christ).

During their occupation, the Genoese were involved in trade with the Byzantines and the tower was used for the surveillance of the Harbor in the Golden Horn. After the conquest of Constantinople by the Sultan Mehmet the conqueror, it served to detect fires in the city.

Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi was the first flying Turk during the Ottoman Empire of the 17th century. He copied bird wings and studied air flows, than jumping from the Galata Tower he overflew the Bosphorus and landed at Uskudar district on the Asian side, around 6 kilometers (4 miles) in distance.

Now, Galata is widely considered to be Istanbul’s modern centre, as there are many interesting things to do and to see near the tower, strolling down bustling Istikal Street and Taksim Square.

 

Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge is a central piece of Istanbul, spanning the Golden Horn from Karaköy on the north to Old Istanbul, centered on Sultanahmet, on the south.

Crossing the bridge you look west toward Europe and east across the Bosphorus to Asia.

It is said that Sultan Beyazid II commissioned Leonardo da Vinci to design a bridge to span the Golden Horn in 1503, only 50 years after the city was captured from the Byzantines. The great artist and engineer did the design, but alas the bridge was never built.

The present Galata Bridge, built in 1992, replacing a wooden bridge dating from 1912.

Yeni Cami

The New Mosque (Yeni Camii) in Istanbul is not really that new, as it was built between 1597 and 1663. Located next to the Galata Bridge, Yeni Camii has become one of the most eye catching features of Istanbul’s skyline.

Begun by Valide Safiye, mother of Sultan Mehmet III, in 1597, the mosque was designed by the architect Daoud Aga, a pupil of the great Sinan, who was the chief Ottoman architect and civil engineer for sultans Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III.. The chosen site was then a poor neighborhood; the inhabitants were paid to move out.

Construction initially dragged on for several decades due to water seeping and funding problems, then stopped completely when the sultan died – Safiye was no longer the Queen Mother so she no longer had the revenues or power to support the project.

The mosque was completed by another queen mother, Valide Sultan Turhan Hattice, mother of Mehmet IV (1642-93).

The New Mosque overlooks the harbor next to the Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn. The beautiful exterior consists of a great courtyard, two slender minarets, and a cascade of domes tumbling down from a central dome. Hundreds of pigeons make their nests among the architecture.

Like all of Istanbul’s imperial mosques, the Yeni Cami was the center of a külliye, or complex of other buildings, including a hospital, Turkish bath, school, library, astronomer’s office, public fountains and a market—the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar.

Most of these buildings are gone, but the market remains, as does the tomb (türbe) of the mosque’s founder, Turhan Hatice Hanım, which also contains the remains of her son Sultan Mehmet IV, as well as the later sultans Mustafa II, Ahmet III, Mahmut I, Osman III and Murat V.

 

Mısır Çarşısı

Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its Vividly colored spices in display alongside jewel-like lokum(Turkish delight), it provides eye candy for the thousands of tourists and locals who make their way here every day. As with all the touristic highlights you need to be prepared to fetch some fantastic finds and not to fall for any of the catches.

The Spice Bazaar dates back to the 17th Century. It is one of Istanbul’s oldest covered markets, where the exotic, oriental aspect of the city still survives.

At the time of its establishment, thousands of spices from nations in the Far East, such as India and Arabia, was well as curative herbs and remedies for every imaginable ailment, were sold at the Spice Bazaar. Because the majority of the products for sale in the market were imported from Egypt, it came to be known as the “Egyptian Bazaar”.

Construction of the bazaar was commissioned in the year 1660 by Hatice Turhan Sultan, the mother of Sultan Mehmet IV. It was built by the architect Kâzım Aga, and restored once later in its existence. There are a total of eighty-six shops in the bazaar, which can be accessed by way of six different entrances.

Bab al-Ali Sublime Porte

Sublime Porte (باب عالی), was the official name of the gate giving access to the block of buildings in Istanbul during the Ottoman period, that housed the principal state departments and was home to the Grand vizier.

Topkapı Müzesi Alay Köşkü

The Procession Kiosk (Turkish: Alay Köşkü) is a 16th-century historical building on the outer walls of the Gülhane Park. It was used by the Ottoman sultans to receive the salute of processing janissary. The building is directly across the Sublime Porte.

This was the military school during the Ottoman era

Hagia Sophia Museum

The Church of the Holy Wisdom, known as Hagia Sophia in Greek, Sancta Sophia in Latin, and Ayasofya or Aya Sofya in Turkish is one of the greatest and oldest architectural beauties and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been the precious of its time..

The great city of Istanbul hosted many civilizations since centuries, of which Byzantium and Ottoman Empires were both the most famous and strongest ones. The city today carries the characteristics of these two different cultures and surely Hagia Sophia is a perfect synthesis where one can observe both Ottoman and Byzantium effects under one great dome.

The Fountain of Ahmed III is also known as the Ahmet Çeşmesi in Turkish, is located in front of the Imperial Gate of the great Topkapı Palace in Istanbul. 

The fountain of Sultan Ahmed III was built in 1728 under Ottoman sultan Ahmed III. During the Ottoman period, it was a very popular gathering place and social center.

Sultanahmet Square

Monuments decorating the Hippodrome include the 3500-year-old Egyptian granite Obelisk of Theodosius. This building was originally constructed by Pharaoh Tutmosis III(1549-1503 BC). It was 60 m. (200 feet) high and weighed 800 tons. When shipped from Egypt to Constantinople, it was split into three and only the very top of it survived. It was erected to Constantinople during the reign of Theodosius I in 390. There is a marble base with sculptured relief’s representing the Emperor’s watching of chariot races with his family. The obelisk is made of pink granite and it depicts Praraoh Tutmosis III with Sun God Amon Ra.

You’ll also see the spiral bronze base of a three-headed serpent sculpture. This column was brought from the Temple of Apollo, Delphi Greece dedicated to God by the 31 Greek cities who defeated the Persians at Platea in 479 BC. It was brought by Emperor Constantine the Great.

At the southwestern end of the Hippodrome is the bare stone Column of Constantine Porphyrogenetus, dating from the 10th century. This column looks much more eroded and the purpose is thought to have a parallelism with the Egyptian Obelisk.

It is an octagonal building with water taps around which was constructed in 1898. Inside the fountain, there are lovely mosaics which depicts the signatures of Wilhelm II and Sultan Abdulhamit II, the sultan of that time.

Arasta Bazaar

An arasta is a series of shops built beneath or near a mosque. The Arasta Bazaar is a tidy market street in the heart of Sultanahmet’s historical district. This modest bazaar was built in the 17th century by savvy Ottoman officials; rental revenues from its vendors were meant to finance the upkeep of the neighboring Blue Mosque. Today the street caters to tourists with their wooden-facade shops filled with carpets, mock Ottoman artifacts and all manner of nazar (evil eye) merchandise. The shops in the bazaar offer everything from jewelry, carpets, souvenirs, ceramics, and more. 

These shops were empty and derelict for many years until the tourism boom of the late 1980s and 1990s convinced those in charge to restore and rent them. Now the Arasta Bazaar (marked on some maps as the southwestern continuation of Kabasakal Caddesi) is among Istanbul’s most-visited tourist markets.

After leaving the bazaar from its southern west exit and then strolling in the small alleys you will find some beautiful and picturesque buildings, including old administrative building and few wooden homes, some of them were painted in very vivid colors.

 

The Blue Mosque

Sultan Ahmed I appointed his royal architect Sedefhar Mehmet Aga, a pupil and senior assistant of the famous architect Mimar Sinan to be in charge of the Mosque construction. The organization of the work was described in meticulous detail in eight volumes, now found in the library of the Topkapı Palace. The opening ceremonies were held in 1617 . The sultan could now pray in the royal box which called hünkâr mahfil. Sultan Ahmed Mosque is currently one of the most impressive monuments in the world.

Following unfavorable events during his reign, Sultan Ahmed I decided to build a huge mosque in Istanbul in order to feel better about himself. It would be the first great imperial mosque to be built in more than forty years.His predecessors had paid for their mosques with their war booty, Sultan Ahmed I had to withdraw the funds from the treasury, because he had not won any notable victories during his time. This provoked the anger of the Ottoman ulema, the Muslim legal scholars.

None of the exterior is blue – the name “Blue Mosque” comes from the blue tiles inside.

Splendid as the interior of the Sultan Ahmet I Mosque is, it’s really no more splendid than several of the other great imperial mosques of Istanbul. If you can’t stand crowds, you could substitute any of the other great imperial mosques and have a similar, but less hectic, less crowded and longer visit.

Basilica Cistern

A Frenchman visiting Constantinople in the 1500s heard strange stories of locals drawing up fresh water and even fishing from holes in their cellars. Intrigued by these stories and the legends of great underground temples, he decided to explore.

Upon further investigation, he rediscovered a subterranean marvel, the largest of the long-forgotten palatial cisterns of the Byzantine Empire. Fish swam in an artificial freshwater lake the size of two football fields and the vaulted brick ceilings were held up by 336 thirty-foot pillars many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals. Its symmetry and sheer grandeur of conception are quite breathtaking, and its cavernous depths make a great retreat on summer days.

Amazingly preserved despite centuries of conflict and siege, the cistern was built in 532 AD by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I to store fresh water for the palace and nearby buildings. Nicknamed Yearbatan Sarayi, or “The Sunken Palace” in Turkish, it is known in English as the “Basilica Cistern” because of its location on the site of an ancient basilica.

Remember the scene in the old James Bond movie From Russia With Love when Bond is rowing in a small boat through a forest of marble columns? That scene was filmed in Yerebatan.

Milyon Taşı

The Milion was a monument erected in the early 4th century AD in Constantinople representing the Byzantine zero-mile marker, the starting-place for the measurement of distances for all the roads leading to the cities of the Byzantine Empire. It thus served the same function as the Golden Milestone (Milliarium Aureum) in Rome’s forum.

Rüstem Paşa Cami

It was designed by the famous Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan for Rüstem Paşa, Grand Vizier to Süleyman the Magnificent. However, he died in 1561, before it could be completed in 1563. What makes this mosque stand out is the gorgeous interior, covered in Turkey’s famous Iznik tiles. These intricately designed blue tiles come in a wide variety of floral and geometric patterns.

Topkapi Palace Museum

After the Conquest of Constantinople in 1453, Mehmet II ordered to built his palace in its present location on top of the ancient Byzantine ruins, meanwhile he spent some time during its construction at a smaller palace where there is the University of Istanbul today, in Bayezit square. Once they moved to Topkapi palace, the old one was called as “Old Palace” and Topkapi as the “New Palace”. But local people called it as “Topkapi” which in Turkish means “Gate of Cannons” because of huge cannons displayed outside of its gates, those which were used during the Conquest.

The palace was the political center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries, until they built Dolmabahce Palace by the waterside.

Süleymaniye Camii

 

he Suleiman Mosque (Turkish: Süleymaniye Camii) is a grand 16th-century mosque in Istanbul built by Suleiman the Magnificent.

The Suleiman Mosque was built on the order of sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557.

The mosque is modeled in part on the style of a Byzantine basilica, particularly the Hagia Sophia, which was perhaps a conscious move on the part of the sultan to create a continuity and a symbolic connection with the city’s past.

In the garden behind the main mosque there are two mausoleums (türbe) including the tombs of sultan Suleiman I, his wife Roxelana (Haseki Hürrem), his daughter Mihrimah, his mother Dilaşub Saliha and his sister Asiye. Suleiman’s tombfeatures a system of layered domes copied from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

 

Vefa Bozacıs

Bozais a nourishing drink and at once sweet and tangy, served with a dusting of cinnamon on top. The thick drink is made by boiling wheat or bulgur which is then crushed and drained. Sugar and a little bit of yeast are added and the mixture is left for a period to ferment. Boza is ready to be drunk when it begins to bubble and has a slightly acidic taste.

This is the shop where the grandfather of Turkish boza (and great, great, grandfather of today’s owners), Hadji Sadik, first began production in 1876 and is responsible for the boza that we know and love today. Vefa Bozacısı quickly became a favorite of the sultans, as well as the aristocrats who populated the area at the time. He trained his son in the practice and Vefa has remained a family business. The shop itself remains a nostalgic stop in Istanbul with wonderfully tiled floors and mirrored walls and a high counter with a team of men hustling to carry, stir, pour, and dust the cinnamon on a tray of bozafilled glasses.

 

Sultanahmet Square

Sultanahmet square at night is fabulous! As the dark falls and the light around the buildings turns on, you can spend hours and hours just gazing at the beauty of the square.

Boğaz İskelesi

The Bosphorus cruise is one of the main and most interesting attractions itineraries of Istanbul. Visitors have the choice to either go on a full one day cruise or just spend a couple of hours on a half tour.

You can find travel agents all around the touristic area of Istanbul selling Bosphorus cruise tickets for independent touring companies. However I would highly recommend to use the Istanbul official Ferry service for the Cruise, as they offer both Full and Half cruise options with a far cheaper price.

 

I personally prefer the full day trip because of a very beautiful scenic restaurant I have discovered at the end of the trip in the village of Anadolu Kavagi which has the most beautiful view ever and where you can taste some very delicious Turkish plates, other than Kebab which is the most common meal in the touristic areas.

The first attraction you spot on the cruise is the Dolmabahce Palace on the European shore of the Bosphorus.

The palace was designed by Ottoman Armenian architects Karabet and Nikogos Balian for Sultan Abdulmecit (1839-61). When it was finished in 1856, the imperial family moved out of medieval Topkapı Palace to live in European-style opulence.

One of the most famous residents of this palace is the great late Sultan Abdul Hamid II, which is considered by most of the historians as one of the greatest Ottomans rulers

 

 

Located just before the Bosphorus Bridge, the Ortaköy Camii, Turkey (Ortaköy Mosque Turkey) has to have one of the most picturesque settings of all of the Istanbul mosques. Indeed, Ortaköy Mosque photos, with the bridge the background are often used to demonstrate that particular Istanbul juxtaposition of traditional and modern.

Prior to construction of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in the 1980s, this massive fortress was the major landmark on this part of the Bosphorus. Built by order of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 at the narrowest point of the strait, it and Anadolu Hisarı, the castle that had been built on the opposite shore in 1393–1395, enabled the Ottomans to control all water traffic, cutting the city off from resupply by sea and contributing significantly to the Ottoman defeat of Byzantine Constantinople.

At Anadolu Kavağı, the boat anchors for a few hours, which is plenty of time to get lunch at one of the many seaside restaurants, or to climb up to the old fort at the top of the hill. 

The fort itself is not all that impressive, but the hill is worth ascending for the fantastic view of the Black Sea and the Bosphorus.

You need to climb up a very steep road to reach the castle. Once you get there, take deep breaths of nature’s festival where green meets blue and the Marmara meets the Black Sea.

 İstiklal Caddesi

When 19th-century travelers spoke of Constantinople(Istanbul) as the Paris of the East, they were thinking of the Grande Rue de Péra (İstiklal Caddesi) and its half-European, half-Asian culture. İstiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue) is the heart of Beyoğlu, the more modern district of Istanbul built during the 19th century (map).

The city’s most popular strolling, shopping and snacking street, now reserved for pedestrians, is lined with boutiques,cafes, consulates, restaurants, galleries, cinemas and banks, with residential apartments above.

Nostalgic İstiklal Caddesi tramway cars rattle and clank along İstiklal Caddesi from Taksim Square to Tünel Squarejust as they did in the 19th-century heyday of this Europeanized corner of the Ottoman sultan’s domains.

Halfway along the avenue toward the southwest is Galatasaray Square, easily recognizable by the grand gates to Galatasaray Lisesi, the first European-style lycée (high school) erected by the Ottoman government.

  İstiklal Caddes

Although Istanbul is one of the safest cities in the world and most Turks are unbelievably honest and would go the extra mile to help you, in a city with well over 18 million inhabitants, you’ll always find a few people with different intentions. One of the most common scams that take place in Istiklal street is called the “Let’s have a drink” scam. It is where male travelers will be approached by a well-dressed Turk who speaks excellent English, suggesting a chat and a drink—the prelude to robbery. This crime has become epidemic. Don’t fall for it!

Taksim Square

Named after the 18th-century stone taksim (water storage unit) on its western side, this square is the symbolic heart of modern İstanbul. 

The Independence Monument (İstiklal Anıtı) in the circle at the southern end of the square commemorates the Turkish Republic’s founder, Kemal Atatürk, in both his roles, as military commander-in-chief and as statesman.

Taksim square was also the scene of some of the main events during the failed coup attempt of the 15th July 2016.

Eyüp Sultan Camii

This important complex marks the burial place of Ebu Eyüp el-Ensari, a sahabi “friend” of the Prophet Mohammad S.A.A.W.S, who fell in battle outside the walls of Constantinople while carrying the banner of Islam during the Islamic siege of the city (AD 674 to 678).

In 622, when the Prophet Mohammad S.A.A.W.S embarked on the hijra—the migration from Mecca to Medina—he lived with his close companion for months. That trusted friend was Ebu Eyyûb, one of the first to convert to Islam, and the one who fought alongside Muhammad S.A.A.W.S in all his battles. Before he died in the first Islamic siege of Constantinople (674—678), Ebu Eyyûb made known his dying wish, a final rally for the Muslim army: “Abu Ayyub urges you to penetrate deep into enemy territory, as far as you can go. That you should carry him with you, and that you should bury him under your feet at the walls of Constantinople.” While the troops failed to breach those walls, they did manage to honor their revered martyr, erecting Ebu Eyyûb’s grave by the Golden Horn.

One of the conditions of peace after the Islamic siege was that the tomb of Eyüp be preserved.

A mosque complex (külliye) was constructed on the site in 1458 by the Ottoman Turks only five years after the conquest of Constantinople in 1453. It became the place where the Ottoman princes came for the Turkish equivalent of a coronation ceremony: girding the Sword of Osman Gazi to signify their power and their title as padişah (king of kings) or sultan. In 1766 Mehmet’s building was levelled by an earthquake; a new mosque was built on the site by Sultan Selim III in 1800.

Fatih Mosque and Complex

The Fatih Mosque Complex (Fatih Camii ve Külliyesi) in Istanbul has a lovely interior like many Turkish mosques, but the primary importance of this mosque is its illustrious permanent resident, Mehmet the Conqueror (Fatih Mehmet)

The Imperial Fatih Mosque was constructed between 1462 and 1470 by Sultan Fatih Mehmet (“Mehmet the Conqueror”; 1432-81), who took Constantinople in 1453. The architect was Atik Sinan, not to be confused with the Sinan hired by Suleyman.

The mosque complex included a caravansary, a hospital, several hamams, the kitchens, and a market. Its school instructed up to 1,000 students at a time.

Saraçhane Parkı

On our way to the Grand Bazaar

Istanbul University

Istanbul University was established in 1453 by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the conqueror. Education in a number of sciences and fields (such as medicine, mathematics, astronomy, cartography, geography, history, philosophy, religion, literature, philology, law, etc.) became available, and, until the 19th century, they were instrumental in educating the ruling cadres of the Ottoman society.

Beyazıt Meydanı

Beyazıt Square (officially named Hürriyet Meydanı, “Freedom Square,” but no one uses that name except some cartographers) is the spacious plaza in front of Istanbul University’s main gate, and next to the Grand Bazaar and the Old Book Bazaar (Sahaflar Çarşısı).

Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world housing over 3000 shops, is more than just a sightseeing spot. Ever since the 15th century, it has been bustling with activity. Every day locals and visitors are haggling to get the best bang for their buck. Here are some valuable bargaining tips for the Grand Bazaar and other shops around Istanbul.

ltan II. Mahmut Türbesi

 

The remains of the great Sultan Abdulhamid II are buried here along with many other sultans and state noblemen.

Dolmabahçe Palace

Barbaros Hayrettin Paşa Heykeli

This the tomb of Kheir-ed-Din Barbarossa

Known to the Muslims as Kheir-ed-Din Barbaros, he was the greatest, most greatly feared, and most successful of all the Ottoman Naval warriors.

He was born in 1475 in Mytilene – Lesbos, one of the Greek Islands in the Aegean Sea, he and his brother Oruc had established themselves as successful privateers against Christian targets by 1512, when Sultan Selim I came to power.

Over the next several years he would conquer everything in the Aegean, the Ionian and ravage the Italian coast, culminating in a major naval engagement at Preveza against the combined fleets of Venice, Genoa and the Pope under the feared Genoese commander Andrea Doria. Outnumbered by nearly 50 ships, Kheir-ed-Din would defeat Doria and establish Ottoman supremacy at sea.

Military Museum

The Military Museum (Askeri Müzesi) at Harbiye, 1 km north of Taksim Square, chronicles mostly the Ottoman period when the Sultan’s troops conquered eastern Europe, the entire Middle East, and North Africa.

Don’t ignore this museum just because you’re no military buff. It holds striking historical treasures such as the chain which the Byzantines stretched across the mouth of the Golden Horn to keep out the Sultan’s navy in 1453.

The Sultan’s sumptuous sayeban or “pavilion,” encrusted with a fortune in jewels, is an open-sided “tent” in which he sat to receive foreign emissaries.

The Military Museum is also where you can hear the Mehter, the world’s oldest military band, play each afternoon (the 20-minute concerts begin at 3 and at 4 pm).

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

Istanbul’s Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art (Türk-Islam Eserleri Müzesi), on the Hippodrome across from the Blue Mosque, is a treasure-house of beautiful objects from the Ottoman (14th to 20th centuries), Seljuk (11th to 13th centuries), and earlier periods beginning in the 8th century.

Galata Konak Cafe & Restaurant

The Konak restaurant in Galata has one of the best roof views in Istanbul.

 

Anatolian Tours

Anatolia has had many civilizations throughout history, such as the Hattians, Hurrians, Luwians, Hit

is a geographic and historical term denoting the westernmost protrusion of Asia, comprising the majority of the Republic of Turkey.The region is bounded by the Black Sea to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Aegean Sea to the west. The Sea of Marmara forms a connection between the Black and Aegean Seas through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits, and separates Anatolia from Thrace on the European mainland. Traditionally, Anatolia is considered to extend in the east to a line between the Gulf of Iskenderun and the Black Sea, approximately corresponding to the western two-thirds of the Asian part of Turkey. However, since Anatolia is now often considered to be synonymous with Asian Turkey, its eastern and southeastern borders are widely taken to be the Turkish borders with the neighboring countries, which are Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria, in clockwise direction.

You will visit Antalya, one of the beautiful cities of the Turkish Riviera. The city surrounded by the Taurus Mountains is surrounded by greenery. You will see the Yivli Minaret or the “corrugated minaret” which is the symbol of the city. In Kaleici Square, you will meet the clock tower, which is a part of the city walls before. You will also be able to purchase jewelry and leather goods and enjoy shopping opportunities for you. The cadet of the trip will go from the old sculpture to the famous Karpuzkaldıran waterfall. Accommodation in Antalya.

 

Description

Day 1 Istanbul – Arrival Day – Sunday
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 Istanbul City (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel. Visit to ST. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Sultan Ahmet
Imperial Mosque, Hippodrome and Ancient Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3Istanbul to Izmir and Kusadasi – Tuesday 
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour and then Spice Bazaar (Egyptian
Bazaar). Bosphorus by boat a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway
separating Europe and Asia. After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk Airport for
domestic flight to Izmir. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 Kusadasi, Ephesus (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
08:30 Departure to Ephesus to visit the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman
baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre, Sirince Village and House of the Virgin Mary.
Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour – Thursday
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we have
a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale
(cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon
and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in
Pamukkale.
Day 6 Pamukkale – Denizli to Istanbul – End of Tour – Friday
(Breakfast included)
Today we depart for Denizli airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to
home. We hope your tour was a memorable one. Have a nice trip back home.

Highlights
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city

 

  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

 

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

 

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach

 

  • Step back in time on a history tour

 

  • All-inclusive tour
Important Information:
Details
  • Departure Time: 9:00 AM

 

  • Departure: Istanbul

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

 

  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

 

  • Selected most central 5-star hotels in each city

Inclusions

  • Accommodation as per itinerary

 

  • Transportation in a fully air – conditioned, non – smoking coach

 

  • Professional Guide

 

  • 5 buffet breakfasts

 

  • 4 lunches

 

  • 4 dinners

 

  • Airport and Hotel transfer

 

Exclusions

  • International flights

 

  • Personal expenses: Lunches, extras at hotel or additional meals

 

  • Tipping: Tips for guides and drivers

 

  • Insurance: All types

 

Return Details

  • Returns to original departure point

Terms of Use

Once you have booked and received your travel voucher, the contact details for the
travel service operator will be on this voucher under the heading “Important
Information”. Where applicable, you are required to call the travel service operator

directly to advise of additional information such as:

  • Hotel for pick up

 

  • Weights for helicopter tours

 

  • Choice of times for tours

 

  • Special dietary requirements, meal choices etc.


Event tickets

6-Day Istanbul and Anatolian Tour

$1,300.00

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