Welcome to Istanbul! Where the continents meet.
Meet at Istanbul Airport: Once you arrive at Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport, after the luggage claim, you will be greeted by a Romos Travel Representative at the meeting area.
Transfer to the hotel: You will be taken to your hotel, and after check-in, you will have time for leisure, and the rest of the day is yours.
Overnight stay in Istanbul.
After breakfast, your pick-up will be scheduled for 8:30 am from the hotel to start the Private Istanbul Old City tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sights of Istanbul.
Today you will explore the following highlights of Istanbul.
Hippodrome: An ancient Roman and Ottoman square where the chariot races were held. Within the square is some Roman remains, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column, and Constantine Columns.
The Blue Mosque: An Ottoman Imperial mosque built by Sultan Ahmet I in 1609-1616 CE, famous for the blue Ottoman tiles.
Hagia Sophia: Once the largest cathedral of Christianity when it was built in 532-537 CE by the Roman Emperor Justinian; later converted into a mosque by the Ottomans.
Topkapi Palace: The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II built the palace after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapi Palace was the home of the royal family and the headquarters for the Ottoman Empire’s administrative center.
Grand Bazaar (Covered Market): The largest and the oldest functioning shopping center in the world. The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II built the Grand Bazaar in the 15th century. The market consists of 5,000 stores, 66 streets, 24 gates, and much more eye-pleasing architecture. Within the bazaar are many Turkish handicraft stores such as rugs, carpets, kilims, and beautiful Turkish tiles. Upon your request, our guide will be more than happy to help you find your masterpiece of Turkish art.
After the Istanbul Old City sightseeing tour, you will be driven back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Note: Breakfast at hotel and lunch at a local restaurant is included
After breakfast, your pick-up will be scheduled for 8:30 am from the hotel to start the Bosphorus tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing you to the Bosphorus.
Today you will explore the following highlights of the Bosphorus:
Spice Market ( Egyptian Bazaar): The Ottomans built the market in the 17th century. Unlike the Grand Bazaar, the Spice market is much smaller but full of beautiful fragrances of mixed spices, herbs, and traditional sweets. It consists of around 100 stores, 2 streets, and 5 gates.
Bosphorus Cruise: The channel divides Istanbul into two continents and stretches about 32 km between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Along the Bosphorus, there are many settlements to see, such as great Palaces, hotels, yali (private houses), etc. While you are on the boat, you will see the highlights of the Bosphorus including the Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Çırağan Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, Küçüksu Palace, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge ( the second bridge on the Bosphorus), Maiden’s Tower to name a few.
Beylerbeyi Palace: After the sultans westernized the Ottoman Empire, they built some Palace’s modern-western architectural styles. The Beylerbeyi Palace is one of them, located on the Asian side by the Bosphorus. The garden is full of statues, and the rooms with handcrafted arts will take you back in time to the 19th century.
Çamlıca Hill: The highest hill of Istanbul, situated on the Asian side. The walking path with 360 panoramic views will let you take the best pictures of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.
After the Bosphorus sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Note: Breakfast at hotel and lunch at a local restaurant is included
After the Islamic army sieged Istanbul (Constantinople), many Sahabes joined that army to conquer Constantinople. Some of those Sahabes became “Sehit” while fighting against the Roman army. And they were buried near the city walls of Constantinople. Sahabes have been identified during the Ottoman times, and they made graves on behalf of them. They are; Vehb bin Huşeyre, Amr bin Hz. Abdussadık, Hz. Haceti Hafir, Hz. Şabe, Hz. Muhamad Ayyub-Al-Ansari, Hz. Cabir, Hz. Derdag, Hz. Abdullah El Hudri, Hz. Ebu ŞeyBetul, Hz. Ubeydullah bin Bekir, Hz. Ahmad al Ansari, Hz. Ka’ab, Sufyan bin Uyeyne. On this tour, you are visiting some Ottoman Mosques.
After breakfast, your pick-up will be scheduled for 8:30 am from the hotel to start the Princes’ Islands tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing you to Princes’ Island.
Today you will explore the following highlights of Princes’ Island.
The biggest island of Istanbul amongst 4 others. The Prince’s Island is called “Büyükada,” officially “the Grand Island” in Turkish. The history dates back to the 6th Century, and first, it was named ‘Prinkipos,’ which means “prince.” The Prince’s island has many historical buildings, including Churches and Mosques, besides the island has lots of seafood restaurants and beaches to relax and admire the view. To begin, we take the boat, and after a 1-hour journey, we reach Prince’s Island. It’s not allowed to drive cars, motorbikes, or any other vehicles except ambulances or police cars, so we will be using phaetons or bikes to explore the Island. After this, we’ll have delicious seafood that comes from the Sea of Marmara and thereafter shall be free to walk around and do some shopping if need be. After this free time, we’ll take the boat back to Istanbul, where our driver will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Note: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at a local Seafood restaurant.
After breakfast and check-out, you will be picked up from your hotel, and we shall head on our journey to Bursa.
Firstly we will visit the Grand Mosque, the symbolic Mosque of Bursa, which the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid built-in 1399 CE. The Grand Mosque is the largest central mosque amongst others in Bursa. The Grand Mosque houses one of the unique Ottoman Calligraphies which Sefik Bey wrote. In the inner walls, there are 192 calligraphies in total.
For the next visit, we will head towards The Green Mosque, commissioned by the Sultan Çelebi Mehmet and built by the architect Haci Ivaz Pasha in 1419 CE. The portal at the mosque entrance is the most beautiful sample of Turkish stone carving and has taken many people’s breath away.
We will then visit The Green Tomb; the tomb is octagonal, pointed dome, and specific. The tomb consists of cross vaults that have windows in every corner and sarcophaguses on the floor. The tomb’s tiles are mostly green in color, and they are one of the most beautiful samples of Ottoman art.
Next on the list is Cumalıkızık Village, which is one of the oldest villages in Turkey. The village is located in the South of Bursa and is 700 years old. According to Ottoman archives, Cumalikizik was founded by the Ottoman Sultan Orhan in 1200 CE. The village is keeping the traditional Ottoman architecture and culture alive. Cumalikizik Village was taken under control by the Turkish government to protect its atmosphere in 1980.
After the Bursa sightseeing tour, drive to the hotel. Overnight in Bursa.
Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at a local restaurant.
Breakfast at hotel, Pick up from the hotel and transfer to airport for International flight.
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