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This tour will give you an amazing opportunity to discover the unique historical city: İstanbul. On European side of İstanbul, must-see monuments of the old city (Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Mevlana Bazaar) and the charming half day Bosphorus cruise tour. Then discover the Asian side of İstanbul with Dolmabahçe Palace, city walls and more… Gorgeous Pamukkale and Hierapolis are added to this fascinating tour. Pamukkale is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its unusual white cliffs (travertines) and hot springs, which have been used as a spa for over 2000 years.
Day 1: After we transfer you to your hotel, Enjoy the free day at Istanbul. And sip your welcome drink at your hotel lobby
Day 2: Hagia Sophia, Byzantine, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace
Day 3: Bosphorus By Boat, Across to Asia: Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, Beykoz, Cable Car, City Walls
Day 4: Karahayit, Red Spring Waters, Cotton Cliffs, Hierapolis, Necropolis, Roman Baths, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Frontinious Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Apollon Temple, Cathedral, Plutonium, Theater, Antique Pool
If you wish to see the tour details, check out the Detailed Tour Itinerary below.
Day 1 Istanbul: Arrival & Transfer to Hotel
Upon your arrival in Istanbul, you will be met with our company representative in the arrivals area of the airport who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. After meet and greet, you will then be transferred from the airport to your hotel in Istanbul. After hotel check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure on your own.
Day 2 Istanbul: Full-Day Istanbul Byzantine & Ottoman History Tour
(Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
Hagia Sophia: This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
Sultanahmet Mosque: Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
Hippodrome: Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
Grand Cover Bazaar: In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
Topkapi Palace: The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 3 Pamukkale: Bosphorus Cruise - Fly to Denizli from Istanbul
(Included Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will join the Bosphorus Cruise. At the start of this tour, you will enjoy a drive to the pier in Eminonu for a short visit to the historical Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar). Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles, Spice Bazaar has a smell of the fragrance of the exotic East. Following this, you will join a shared boat tour and cruise along the Bosphorus which is a narrow strait between the continents of Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. You will be able to view the Ottoman palaces, Bosphorus bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions, and the European and Asian shorelines while onboard the boat.
Lunch on the Boat After you embark the boat you will have chance to appreciate the rich open buffet season salads delicious hors d'oeuvre, Chicken Shish Kebab, rice and fruit (Drinks are excluded).
Bosphorus By Boat: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion, you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
City Walls: City Walls-Were built by Constantine the Great, they have surrounded and protected the city of Constantinople. Golden Horn-It has long been a natural harbour of the city and the favoured meeting of the sweet waters.
Rumeli Fortress (From The Sea, No Interior Visit) Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only four months to control and protect Bosphorus. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
Bosphorus Bridge Across to Asia: Overshadowing Istanbul's traditional architecture is one of the world's largest suspension bridges, linking Europe and Asia.
The Black Sea: Get the best shot where Bosphorus meets Black Sea.
Beykoz (Stopover): Beykoz is the northern tip of Bosphorus, last stop on the Asian side and the intersection of Marmara Sea and Black Sea
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel to pick your luggage than we will drop off you to Istanbul domestic airport for your flight to Denizli. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Pamukkale. Check in to your hotel in Pamukkale and the rest of the day is free.
Day 4 Pamukkale: Full Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour — Fly back to Istanbul
(Included Meals: Breakfast& Lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel around 9:30 am you will be picked up from the hotel to begin your guided tour of the Pamukkale and Hierapolis area with a profession licensed tour guide.
You will visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis. The highlights of Hierapolis are Necropolis, Roman Baths, Basilica, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Frontinious Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Cathedral, Apollon Temple, Plutonium. You will also be able to take some photos from the nicest corners of Pamukkale.
Hıerapolis Theatre: The theatre of Hierapolis is one of the best-preserved entertainment destinations that dates back to the second century, the audience section could hold up to 10,000 and be used to show everything from music, religious ceremonies and even performing live shows. While the theatre isn’t used to put on live entertainment anymore, the seating all around can be explored and used by visitors.
Agora: Agora is an ancient market where many of the population would have come to so shopping or to trade their good with other people who travelled. While the marketplace is only one part of the city. Outside the city is a Necropolis which was made popular thanks to the believed healing properties of the different water. This cemetery has people from different peoples across many time periods.
Karahayit Red Springs: Karahayit hot springs is located in Karahayit Town, Denizli, Turkey. It’s about 5 km north of the famous Pamukkale Travertine and has similar characteristics like that of Pamukkale. Due to the minerals existing in its structure, the hot spring water spreads reddish color to the environment and it is believed that they provide healing to the visitors for 5000 years. The ‘Red Spring Waters‘ which translates to red water – natural hot thermal springs bubbling from beneath the calcite rocks – are very rich in calcium, magnesium and sulphurs, at about 56 degrees.
Pamukkale Travertines "Cotton Castle": Pamukkale is a spectacular place, located in Denizli Province, in southwestern Turkey known for the mineral-rich thermal waters flowing down white travertine terraces. The Pamukkale Travertines mean “Cotton Castle” in Turkish. The place is classified by UNESCO.
Hierapolis Antique Pool: Pamukkale's Antique Pool remains from Roman times when it was the spiritual center of the spa city of Hierapolis. The modernized pool is the prime public place for a swim at this hot-springs resort.
At the end of the tour around approximately 16:00, At the end of the tour around approximately 4:00 pm, you will be transferred to the Denizli airport for a late evening flight back (between 19:00 – 22:00) to Istanbul. END OF OUR SERVICE and TOURS
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