Tour > Treasures of Istanbul - 5 days

About the tour in general

Also known as "Anatolia", the beautiful land of Turkey has one million years of stunning historical, cultural, natural and biblical riches. Turkey' s history goes back to the beginning of civilization.
The earliest known inhabitants appeared at Catal Hoyuk, located in Central Anatolia, in 10,000 B.C.
One of the first civilizations was known as the Hittites. When Noah made his magnificent journey during the great flood, he settled his ark in Mount Ararat (Ağrı), East Anatolia. When the Apostle Paul made his missionary journeys, he traveled through the Southeast, Mediterranean, Aegean and Marmara Regions of Turkey. Efes, biblically known as Ephesus, the most impressive archaeological site in Turkey, is where you can visit and tour inside the Virgin Mary's home. When St.John spoke of the Seven Churches in the Book of Revelation, he was speaking to the Church in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos , Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea all located in Turkey. Alexander The Great conquered the area until his death in 323 B. C., several small states appeared and the Roman Empire gained control of the whole region, and Christianity began to be dominant. Later, about the 11 the century AD, the Seljuk’s invaded the area, took control and Islam began to be the dominant religion. After Seljuk' s, the Ottoman Empire began to grow and gain power and became one of the biggest, and long lived Empires known. Ottoman Empire, established in 1299 had power over three continents, Eastern Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. They ruled from 1299,thru 1923 when the Ottoman was split up and defeated during the First World War. Turkish commander Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. In 1923 he founded today's modern Republic of Turkey. Today's Turkey is located between two continents, 97% on the Asian side and 3% on the European side. Turkey is surrounded by the Black Sea, Marmara Sea, Aegean Sea, and the Mediterranean. Today's Turkish people are very modern and education is very important. Through the ages, Turks are very friendly and always show their hospitality. They are eager to make visitors welcome. Caprinae Travel of Turkey recommends you to experience A World of Wonder, A World of Beauty. We want you to EXPLORE TURKEY & FEEL THE DIFFERENCE.

Daily Programme

DAY 1
Arrive in Istanbul, and transfer to hotel & check in. You’ll relax in the hotel for a short period and then take a boat trip in famous the Bosphorus Strait (between the two continents) (if arrival happens before noon). Have welcome dinner in the evening.

Boat Trip on the Bosphorus Strait
Boat Trip on the Bosphorus Strait
Istanbul
Kumkapi Restaurants
DAY 2
First full day for touring. After breakfast, visit Topkapı Palace-built up mainly in the 15th century, the palace where Ottoman Empire Sultans lived for centuries and rich Ottoman treasure can be seen in its museum. Continue with historical surroundings such as the Hippodromme- a center of Byzantine civic life and basilica. At mid day, have a nice lunch at a nice restaurant in the Sultan Ahmet area. In the afternoon, visit the Haghia Sophia Museum (one of the well preserved great churches of Byzantine times, built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in 6th century. Drive back to the hotel and dress for Turkish Dinner Night where you can taste great samples of Turkish cuisine and have fun watching the belly dancing show. Transfer back to hotel and overnight.

Belly Dancing Show
Blue Mosque / Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Haghia Sophia Museum
Hippodromme
Topkapi Palace
DAY 3
After breakfast, explore second part of Sultan Ahmet Area; visit the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as "Blue Mosque" - the most splendid mosque in the city, composed of 6 slender minarets & decorated with famous Turkish Iznik tiles inside, coming from 18th century, simply an amazing sample of Ottoman architecturing. Continue with Basilica Cistern - very historical and biggest water sorting sytstem of Byzantine Empire. After a nice lunch, visit Archeological Museum where you can feel the amazing richness of history covering 3,000 years. Transfer back to hotel and overnight.

Archeological Museum of Istanbul
Basilica Cistern
Blue Mosque / Sultan Ahmed Mosque
DAY 4
After breakfast, visit another great sample of Ottoman Architecture; the Suleymaniye Mosque, built by famous architecture "Mimar Sinan" under the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. After lunch in a nice restaurant in the spice market area, visit the famous Grand Bazaar and Spice Market where you can enjoy exploring the biggest covered historical shopping stores in the world. The Grand Bazaar and spice market buildings are coming from the Byzantine and Otttoman Empires. You can find any sample of products from small gifts to hand made carpets, jewelry, etc. Transfer to hotel, overnight.

Grand Bazaar
Spice Market
Suleymaniye Mosque
DAY 5
Free time in the morning. Check out the hotel and transfer to the airport.

 

 

Your tour  covers;

  • Meeting in Istanbul and all necessary transfers  during the trip (with Mercedes AC luxury vehicles, max. 2 years old),  
  • All domestic flights mentioned in tour schedule,
  • Professional guiding service - English speaking guide,  
  • All entrance fees for museums, historical places, tickets to national parks, cisterns, etc…
  • Accommodation in exclusive 5 star hotels,
  • Full board (FB) accommodation during the  trip;  breakfast + lunch + dinner,
  • All soft drinks,  
  • VIP tour during the trip (no one will be allowed to join the group)
  • Gifts & surprises from Caprinae Travel during the tour

     Your tour doesn’t cover;

  •  Personal expenses & international air fares,  alcoholic drinks 

Price: 400 USD per day, per person (11 & up in a group)