DALLAS JO - ISTANBUL EXCURSION

 
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DALLAS JO - ISTANBUL EXCURSION

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HALF DAY CITY TOUR • • Basilica Cistern, Sultanahmet Mosque/Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome and Monuments, Hagia Sophia Museum Highlights Informative, friendly and professional guide Smallgroup tour Great overview and orientation of the city What You Can Expect Informative, friendly and professional your guide You will be picked up from your hotel at Sultan Ahmet around 13:30 for your half day guided tour of the old city's primary attractions. Basilica Cistern: Built by Justinian after 532, the Basilica Cistern stored water for the Great Palace and nearby buildings. Lost to memory, it was rediscovered in the mid sixteenth century by Petrus Gyllius, who had been sent to Constantinople by the French King Francis I in search of Byzantine monuments and manuscripts. Gyllius, who noticed that the local people were lowering buckets through holes in the floors of their houses to retrieve water, found an entrance and thus put this mysterious subterranean architectural surprise back on the map. You will marvel at the almost 10,000 square meters of space supported by 336 marble columns each nine meters in height. Sultanahmet Mosque/Blue Mosque: This mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616 and is located in the district of old Istanbul that is named after this Ottoman Sultan

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• FULL DAY CITY TOUR Explore the highlights of Sultanahmet, where Turkey’s Ottoman and Byzantine empires located before. Visit the UNESCO-Listed Hagia Sophia, breathe taking Blue Mosque and famous Hippodrome with an expert guide. Learn all history about extravagant sultans and discover Ottoman and Byzantine era architecture.After Lunch visiting Spice Market and Bosphorus boat tours. Family friendly Pickup from a centrally located meeting point Hotel pickup included Small-group tour our of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Built in the year 537 by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus, St.Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. It is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and in to a museum by Atataürk in 1935. • • • •

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The Princes’ Islands in Istanbul • In the summer when the days are hot, a getaway to the Princes’ Islands is a great way to escape the bustle of Istanbul. A quick ferry ride away is lies this unique world where cars are replaced with horses and carts and the Sea of Marmara provides tranquility. Originally a place where royals were exiled, the cluster of islands is now a popular spot for those who want to get out of town without having to go very far. •

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GREEN BURSA • Daily Bursa tour starts after you are picked up at your hotel in the early morning. Then voyage with ferry will last only 2 hours and during your trip you will have the opportunity to enjoy lovely countryside views and take some photos. After your arrival, you will visit Tophane so as to have panoramic view of Bursa and then lunch at a neat restaurant where you can eat one of the best kebabs around the country. After finishing your meal the next phase will be climbing to the Uludag, the legendary Mount Olympus, by the cable car. Later on you will head to Ulucami. The Green Mosque, the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar and Inkaya Plane Tree with an expert guide. When tour is over, in the late evening, we will return to Istanbul and transfer you to your hotel Family friendly All entrance fees included Free hotel pickup and drop-off included Lunch included Led by a local guide • • • • •

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SAPANCA TOUR • Discover Turkey’s stunning countryside and scenery on a fullday tour to Sapanca Lake, Masukiye and Kartepe from Istanbul, and experience the serenity of a beloved weekend retreat. Walk along the picture-perfect lake shore, visit the animals at the zoo then get a glimpse of local life in the village of Masukiye. Enjoy an outdoor lunch by a shady waterfall, and hike Kartepe mountain with the option to join a ski lift tour before returning to the city. Full-day countryside tour from Istanbul Explore a scenic lake Visit a local zoo Tour a typical village and ski mountain Lunch and hotel transfers included Pickup from hotel at 8:30am and departure to Sapanca Lake. Take relaxing walk around the lake and then, drive to Masukiye village, where you will have lunch under a canopy of trees next to a waterfall. Next, drive to the waterfall and climb up to the Kartepe mountain (Snowhill). Ski lift tour is optional. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to Istanbul. • • • • • •

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