Istanbul - The Gateway to the Orient

ISTANBUL - THE GATEWAY TO THE ORIENT

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Istanbul - The Gateway to the Orient
Istanbul - The Gateway to the Orient
Istanbul - The Gateway to the Orient

ISTANBUL - THE GATEWAY TO THE ORIENT

Istanbul - The Gateway to the Orient

  • We invite you to a journey surrounded by an atmosphere of 1001 night. Our journey begins with one of the largest and unique cities of the world that lies between two continents. One part in Asia and one part in Europe, quite peculiar!!!... Like anywhere else, the break between tradition and modernity is as visible as here. The history of Istanbul as the capital of both Eastern Roman and Ottoman Empire begins back from ancient Greek times when Istanbul was already an important trade metropolis . It remains economically and culturally the most important city in Turkey which interlaces different cultures and religions together. Get ready to be thrilled for our program will lead you to all main attractions.

  • Day 1: Arrival

    Flight to Istanbul and welcome by a German speaking guide. Transfer to the hotel.Since the airport is located on the Asian side of Istanbul and the hotel on the European one, you can have already your own small orientation tour while driving through the city.

    Istanbul
  • Day 2: Istanbul Old Town (optional)

    Today we drive to one of the most beautiful mosques in Istanbul, the Sultanahmet Mosque, better known as the Blue Mosque. We will admire the courtyard and the main prayer room, which is decorated with beautiful Iznik faience. Then we proceed to the old Roman hippodrome (Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and brick obelisk). After having reached the German Fountain (a gift of Emperor Wilhelm II), our next destination will be the Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest and most famous churches in the world.

    You can have a short Mocha coffee break at a café in the yard of the Hagia Sophia Museum. Your guide will explain where the name Mocha comes from. After the extensive tour of the Hagia Sophia we drive along the city walls back to the hotel. In the evening and if you wish you can join us in a typical Turkish restaurant in Kumkapi. Expect exquisite delicacies surrounded by a wonderful atmosphere. You will be certainly amazed by the Turkish cuisine.

  • Day 3: Istanbul Old City - Part Two (optional)

    In the morning we drive to the Topkapi Palace, residence of the sultan for four hundred years. We will enjoy the beautiful view of both Asian and European continents from the terrace. An ideal point to bring back ancient Greek myths and legends. After the extensive tour of the palace we continue to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar to enjoy our free time. The bazaar is about 340 years old and was built by Mustafa Aga, as part of the Yeni MosqueI. The name of Egyptian Bazaar because most goods arrived via Egypt. It was built in the classical Ottoman style therefor its many domes. Mainly food was offered here from the beginning,. Even today we can find exotic spices next to many other delicacies. Right after entrance of the bazaar we will be already captured by the scents of the various herbs and spices.

    Later on you will have the opportunity to purchase in an exclusive jewelry shop which includes guidance of expertise sales personnel. It then follows to an exclusive leather goods house. Here you will assist to a brief fashion show. One of the main export products of Turkey are the leather goods. Here you will find unrivalled quality at very reasonable prices. Enjoy Turkish cuisine and culture in a three-course meal followed by live entertainment in an exclusive night club in Istanbul. Experience an evening with traditional belly dancing, Anatolian Turkish Folk Dance and Folklore. Limited selection of drinks.

  • Day 4: Istanbul Bosphorus ride (optional)

    Visit the major patriarchy on the Golden Horn. Then drive over the Bosphorus Bridge to the Asian side of the city to the lookout point of "Camlica" from which you can enjoy a fantastic view of Istanbul. Then we board a private motorboat and drive past the beautiful shores palaces and wooden houses, enjoying the ocean view. This boat trip on the Bosphorus should not be missed under any circumstances. First we go to Beşiktaş, past the beautiful Maiden s Tower and the last Sultan Dolmabahçe Palace. Shortly after the Beşiktaş, the ferry crosses the huge, 70-meter-high Bosphorus bridge to then leave the urban area. Enjoy a cup of tea fascinated by the Bosphorus, a strait that is rightly included among some the most beautiful places on earth by the well-traveled Humboldt. During the trip you will keep constantly crossing between Europe and Asia, for the ferry docks on the best points from both sides. Directly along the shore you can admire the magnificent palaces and villas, the Sultans, Grand Viziers and other high dignitaries of the Ottomans who chose to build here. These so-called Yalı (the classic ones made of wood) are still the most sought as residential homes in Istanbul. Depending on weather conditions, two different routes are proposed. Bosphorus ride either goes from Eminonu to Tarabya, or from Eminonu to Rumeli and to then to Eminonu. The second variant is mostly carried out (75-90 minutes) due to the weather conditions. Afternoon we drive to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest shopping malls in the world which lies near the Forum of Constantine the so-called Column of Constantine. At the Bazaar district we will have the opportunity to attend a lecture on hand-knotted Turkish carpets, where we can discover the fantastic world of nodes. The knotting of the Turks has a 2400 years old history. Something really interesting about the Turkish knot (also known as the Gordian knot) is that Alexander the Great could only undo it using his sword. So it is almost impossible to undo the double knot by a genuine hand-knotted rug!

  • Day 5: Departure. Transfer to the airport and flight back to Germany.