In this tour you will see five of the most important attractions in Istanbul: the Hippodrome, which was once the social center of Istanbul. The Blue Mosque, with its beautiful hand painted tiles and Hagia Sophia: one of the greatest masterpieces ever built. Then, Caferaga Medresesi, where you will see the incredible art of Ebru. You will fall in love with Istanbul istantly. The afternoon starts with a visit to the Topkapi Palace, where you can see amazing treasures and imagine how Sultan's life was. The tour ends with a walk through the Grand Bazaar, where 5000 shops, selling everything: from rugs to lamps, are waiting for you.
Gallipoli is one of the most relevant places when it comes to World War I. It was through this area that the allies tried to get through in order to conquer Istanbul. It was also a major victory for the central powers. You will learn more about this war and, in particular, what happened in this incredible site. You will visit places like Brighton beach, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and many others.
In Troy you will learn more about mythology and all the history that surrounds this enigmatic place.
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Religion / Architecture / Landscape / History / Archaeology / War
* You can combine this tour with other destinations: Pergamon, Ephesus, Cappadocia...
Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul & Transfer to hotel
Day 2: Istanbul Classics & Ottoman Heritage
One of the greatest marvels of architecture, Hagia Sophia was founded as a basilica in the 6th century. Built by the order of Byzantine Emperor Justinianus, St.Sophia was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years; it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After being considered the Patriarchal Basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmed II, The Conqueror, which led to adding the minarets, tombs and fountains.
In 1935 it was turned into a museum by Atataürk, and that’s how it remains nowadays.
Facing Hagia Sophia, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and its unique six minarets, the Blue Mosque was built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. This is the last great imperial mosque of the classical period. The name for which is commonly now known, “Blue Mosque”, comes from the 20.000 marvellous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls.
Hippodrome of Constantinople
The Madrasa, a building usually used to teach the theory of İslam, offers several handicraft workshops including the marbling (‘Ebru’) - a popular Turkish art, painting, jewellery, porcelain, calligraphy, Ottoman language, ceramics and stained glass. If you are more into music, you can learn to play: reed flute (‘Ney’), guitar and lute (‘Ud'). Caferaga Medresesi is popular place for both Turkish and foreign artists to study traditional Turkish arts
This extraordinary and full of secrets palace, was the residence of the Imperial Ottoman Sultans and the center of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 400 years. The building is a typical example of Ottoman architecture and the rooms exhibit rich collections of porcelains, robes, weapons, shields, armours, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewellery.
(The Treasury and Harem sections are not included in the program and are due to extra entrance fees)
One of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 60 streets and 5.000 shops, where you will find in an authentic oriental atmosphere, all kind of gifts, leather clothing, rugs, antiques, jewellery, hand-woven fabrics etc...
Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Day 3: Gallipoli
Our first stop is Dardanelles (Hellespont), a strategic point, through which, the allies attempted to get throught in order to conquer Istanbul. Later on, we will continue to a War Museum, which contains battle relics such as original diary and letters extracts or weapons and personal belongings.
After, it’s time to visit the Brighton beach, the intended landing place for the Anzac troops and also the Anzac Cove, where the dawn service is held each year on 25th April. At this time we will have lunch and end our day by visiting the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, the Chunk Bair New Zealand Memorial and the Kilitbahir fortress, which was built in 1452 by Mehmet II, the Conqueror, to honor his successful siege of Constantinople.
Once the tour ends we will drive to Canakkale or Eceabat to spend the night.
Day 4: Troy
You will also see the recreation of Troy’s Horse, listen about the Trojan Warns, the battle between Archillies and Paris, walk through the remains of Troy IX, the Alters and the Houses of Troy I, dating back to 2500 BC.
When the tour comes to an end we will drive back to Istanbul; Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Day 5: Departure from Istanbul