ISTANBUL BY PLANE, 3 DAYS
DATES OF DEPARTURES
27 January, 3 February
€239 Hotel Emin 3*
€249 Grand Emin 3*
*Itinerary of flights departing on Thursday and returning on Sunday, with the Air Albania company:
The presentation at Rinas Airport must be made 2 hours and 30 minutes before the departure of the plane
Flight to Istanbul with Air Albania.
Departure at 06:30 in the morning. Arrival in Istanbul at 10:10.
Continuation of the journey towards Istanbul Aquarium.
Visit to the Center of Istanbul, to Taksim Square. Taksim Square, located in the European part of Istanbul, is famous for its restaurants, shops and hotels. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul, with the central station of the Istanbul Metro network. The Monument of the Republic is also located here. Panoramic visit to the Galata Tower, a Genoese tower in the Beyoglu area which was built as a watch tower at the highest point of the Galata Walls. The tower is now an exhibition space and museum, and a symbol of Beyoğlu and Istanbul.
Return to the Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel.
Departure on foot with the companion to Sultan Ahmet Square where we visit Top Kapi, the Sultan's Winter Palace.
Topkapı Palace in the 15th and 16th centuries served as the main residence and administrative seat of the Ottoman sultans. The construction, ordered by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, began in 1459, six years after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapı was originally called the "New Palace" (Yeni Saray) to distinguish it from the "Old Palace" (Eski Saray) in Beyazıt Square. The palace complex consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings. The female members of the Sultan's family lived in the harem, and the principal officials of the state, including the Grand Vizier, held meetings in the Imperial Council building.
Entrance 25 Euros - Stay 2 hours.
The visit to the Blue Mosque continues.
The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, designed by Albanian Architect Sinani is an Ottoman era mosque built between 1609 and 1616 during the reign of Ahmet I. The Blue Mosque combines many Byzantine elements of the neighboring Saint Sophia with traditional Islamic architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period.
Free Entry – Stay 30 Minutes
The visit to Saint Sophia - Hagia Sofia continues
Hagia Sophia, officially the Great Mosque of Hagia Sophia and formerly the Church of Saint Sophia, was built in 537 as the patriarchal cathedral of the imperial capital of Constantinople, it was the largest Christian church of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire) and the Orthodox Church Eastern, except during the Latin Empire from 1204 to 1261, when it became the city's Roman Catholic cathedral. In 1453, after the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire, it was converted into a mosque. In 1935 the secular Turkish Republic established it as a museum. In 2020, it reopened as a mosque.
Free Entry - Stay 30 Minutes Visit to the Basilica Cistern, is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie under the city of Istanbul. Entrance 15 euros.
The visit to the Hippodrome continues
The Hippodrome of Constantinople was the sporting and social center of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydani, with some fragments of the original structure surviving.
Departure on foot with the Companion to Kapali Carshi Old Bazaar.
Kapali Carshi Old Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world. There are 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops in an area of 30,700 m2 that attracts around 250,000 to 400,000 visitors per day. (TOURISTIC OBJECT)
Return to the Hotel. In the evening, departure by bus for a walk on the Bosphorus during the night Turkish Show, Dinner with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks and Traditional and Modern Turkish Shows.
Entrance 35 Euros - Stay 3 hours.
Return to the Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel.
After breakfast, we will start the visit from the highest part of the city, Çamlıca Hill, which is located in the Asian part of the city at 268m above sea level and has a panoramic view of the southern part of the Bosphorus and the mouth of the Golden Horn. The hill is a popular attraction for visitors. There are tea rooms, cafes and a historically designed restaurant within a public park with monumental trees, flower gardens and fountains.
A 2-hour boat cruise on the Bosphorus towards the Black Sea to visit Istanbul's waterfront, Europe and Asia, and see the old fortress, Rumelitis, from the boat.
Entrance 10 Euros - Cruise about 2 hours.
Departure to the Dolma Bahce Palace, or the Summer Palace of the Sultan, or the Palace of the Covered Gardens, which was built between 1843 and 1856 and cost about 35 tons of gold, equal to about 1.5 billion USD. It was built by the 31st Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Abdulmecid I to pass the luxury and comfort of that time that the kingdoms in Europe had. Tour with the Pierre Loti cable car. Entrance 10 euros.