General

Tour Style : Group Tour
Duration : 2 Days / 1 Night

DAY 1 – Bodrum – Istanbul Historical tour
Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Bodrum domestic airport for your flight to Istanbul. In Istanbul you will be meet by your guide for a full day's tour of Historical Istanbul. Visit to 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. 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.

SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL 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. Your guide will then take you to the GRAND COVERED 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. Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 2 – Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour – Bodrum
(Breakfast included)
Pick up at 08:30am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping tour. Visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. BOSPHORUS Boat Cruisea 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 see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its 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.

Rumeli Fortress Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world. BEYLERBEYI PALACE The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul.

BOSPHORUS BRIDGE enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe) CAMLICA HILL the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style. After your cruise you can see a demonstration of the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts centre and a modern leatherwear show.

After the tour we depart for Istanbul Airport for our domestic flight to Bodrum.

Transfer from Bodrum airport back to your hotel.

What is included

- Pick up from your hotel in Bodrum and transfer to Bodrum Airport
- Domestic flight from Bodrum to Istanbul
- 1 night hotel in Istanbul
- 1 open buffet breakfast
- Guided Istanbul City Tour
- Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and shopping tour
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Return airport transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- Domestic flight from Istanbul to Bodrum
- Return airport transfer from Bodrum Airport to your hotel

Please Note: Hagia Sophia closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays.

Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours.

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Hotels we use

Antalya ANTALYA - ALP PASA HOTEL http://www.alppasa.com
Canakkale Helen Hotel http://www.helenhotel.com
Cappadocia Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel http://www.dedelikonak.com
Cappadocia Dedeli Deluxe Hotel http://www.dedelidelux.com
Gaziantep ASUDE HOTEL (BOUTIQUE STYLE) http://www.asudekonak.com
Istanbul Hotel Sokullu Pacha http://www.sokullupasahotel.com/
Kahta ZEUS HOTEL **** http://www.zeushotel.com.tr
Kars SIMER HOTEL *** http://www.simerhotel.com
Konya Hich Hotel http://hichhotel.com/
Kusadasi Palm Hotel *** http://www.palmhotel.com.tr
Mardin ZINCIRIYE HOTEL (BOUTIQUE STYLE) http://www.zinciriye.com/tr
Pamukkale Colossea Thermal Hotel **** http://www.colossaehotel.com
Sanliurfa MANICI HOTEL **** http://www.maniciurfa.com
Tatvan KARDELEN HOTEL *** http://www.kardelenotel.com
Trabzon SAYLAMLAR HOTEL **** http://www.hotelsaylamlar.com
Van T AMARA HOTEL **** http://www.tamaraotel.com

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