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THE GREAT BYZANTINE CHURCH OF HAGIA SOFIA, ISTANBUL

SULTAN AHMET MOSQUE – THE BLUE MOSQUE

 

 

 

 

 

Istanbul was Constantinople...

Therefore, when you are visiting Istanbul you cannot escape the even more ancient city of Constantine.

It was the Christian Imperial Capital of the world for 11 centuries until it was conquered in 1453 by the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmet.

Constantinople was sacked by Venetian Crusaders in 1203, then by the Ottomans in 1453, so not a lot remains of the Byzantines. What do remain are architectural jewels: Hagia Sofia, Hagia Eirene, one of the first Christian sanctuaries of Byzantium and the Church of Saint Saviour in Chora, noted for its fine frescoes and mosaics, being prime examples.

The Ottoman Empire left a more indelible mark; today one can see palaces, mosques and fortresses all of which are artistically eastern, all of which are waiting for you.

But, Istanbul is not all history. Indeed, today it is a vibrant and thriving city of more than 15 million, modern and upscale with a night life unlike almost any other.

The young dance to pulsating international music in chic nightclubs and restaurants hum with a huge clientele, waiters carrying large trays of food to and fro, large tables of Turks eating and laughing, where business is hot. There is an energy there that is carrying the city forward at an incredible speed.

It is the juxtaposition of ancient and new, east and west, which makes this one of the most intriguing cities in the world.

Museums in Istanbul

Istanbul Tour

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul
Your afternoon is free to walk around the incomparable Sultan Ahmet District, right at the door of your hotel. Overnight at the Blue House Hotel, located between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia.

Day 2:
This morning you will have a private, half day tour to Topkapi Palace, including the Harem. It was constructed in 1478 by the first Ottomans to rule Constantinople and is renowned for its ceramics and jewels as well as for the Harem with its walls of priceless polychrome tiles. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Overnight at the Blue House Hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 3:
Today you will be provided with another private half day tour of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the sixth-century Byzantine cistern, the Yerebatan Sarnici.

Hagia Sofia is considered one of the finest treasures of architecture in the world, while the graceful Blue Mosque, or more correctly the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is the national mosque of Turkey. Graced with six elegant minarets, it was built between 1609 and 1616 and is called the Blue Mosque because of the intensely colored blue tiles on the interior. Again the afternoon is free. Overnight at the Blue House Hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Throw off your clothes and enjoy a Turkish Bath. The baths are separate for men and women and you will be scrubbed until you shine! Our favorite is Cemberlitash, just steps from the covered bazaar in the most historic part of Istanbul.

PRICE

Based on Double Occupancy

2 pax: USD $525 per person
3 pax: USD $475 per person
4 pax: USD $450 per person
5 pax: USD $435 per person
6 pax: USD $425 per person
- Single supplement: USD $150

Included:

  • 3 nights accommodation at the Blue House Hotel, including breakfast daily.
  • 2 half day private walking tours, including the entrance fees, and taxes.

Extra nights:

Double room: $190.00 per night, including breakfast and taxes.

Single room: USD $160.00 per night, including breakfast and taxes.

Airport transfers can be arranged, email us for current prices.

 

BASILICA CISTEREN, ISTANBUL

SULTAN AHMET MOSQUE – THE BLUE MOSQUE

 

 

 

 


 

 

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