Istanbul Magnificent Century Tour 2 Nights
Tour: Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, Hürrem Hamam, Bosphorus Tour, Egyptian Bazaar.
Include: Transportation, Guiding, Entrance, Lunch, Accomodation, 2 Nights/3 Days
Tour Code: SUMIST-3405
Istanbul - "Magnificent Century" Tour
2 Nights and 3 Days
Every week - from Friday to Sunday
(With possibility to add extra night before/after main program dates)
Day 1 (Friday); Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to hotel. (You may book alternative excursions for extra fees if you’d like).
Day 2 (Saturday); Breakfast at the hotel followed by the historical tour: you will be greeted with locations where history’s most important events took place, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the greatest
military leader and reformer of the Ottoman Empire:
• Topkapi Palace - the complex is engulfed by high walls and towers. For centuries the palace was the official residence of the Ottoman sultans. Topkapi Palace is where much of the states political issues were handled.
Sultan Mehmed II, in 1462, started the construction of Topkapi Palace with each succeeding Sultan adding or modifying the palace to make it what it is today. Later, in the 16th century, Sultan Suleiman, the Magnificent,
settled down in the Topkapi Palace with his harem ordering to finish all the necessary facilities. In total, Topkapi Palace has been home to 24 Sultans.
• Visit the Harem in Topkapi Palace – the Harem area consisting of 12,000 square meters and 400 rooms accommodates up to 500 people, during olden times most of the inhabitants were odalisques, and only a
small part were servants. The Sultan could choose any of these hundreds of odalisques as potential wives, so every woman was taught dancing, singing, reading, writing and to playing musical instruments. The harem
was not only comprised of Turkish women but also captured foreigners who were forced to convert to Islam and change their names. The greatest success for the odalisque was to have a son from the Sultan, who
would be an heir to their fortress. The mother of the son would then become the wife of the Sultan or his favorite, which ensured her a comfortable and carefree life.
• Suleimaniye Mosque, the Tomb of Suleiman the Magnificent and Roksolana - the largest and second most important mosque in Istanbul. Architect Sinan constructed the mosque on the orders of Sultan Suleiman
in 1550-1557. The dome has a height of 53 m and a diameter of 26.5 m. Carpets cover the floor of the mosque; the mosque is well lit due to the surrounding 136 windows. The mosque is comprised of four minarets. The
Suleimaniye mosque is built with bath buildings, madrasas (schools), kitchens, libraries and an observatory. In the courtyard of the mosque there are 2 cemetery mausoleums, in which Suleiman and his beloved wife, Roksolana, rest.
• Turkish bath - Hürrem – Recently reopened after major restoration, the Hammam was built by the famous architect Sinan in the 16th century (1556-1557) by the order of Sultan Suleiman for his beloved wife -
Roksolana. The baths were active up until 1910 and afterwards were closed off. At different periods in time, the Hürrem Hammam was used as a prison, a warehouse and a fitted bazaar. The "Hammam Roksolana"
bath was built in the classical style of Ottoman baths. In addition to traditional hammam services you can order a variety of spa treatments such as massages and mud wraps. Guests may order traditional Turkish
dishes from the restaurant. You can also visit hamam Hürrem in the evening (for an additional fee of 70 euro per person).
Day 3 (Sunday); Breakfast at the hotel. İstanbul Tour:
• Bosphorus Tour (1.5 hours): Your excursion will take place on a boat tour of the Bosphorus where you will see the Dolmabahce Palace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Maiden's Tower, and the Rumeli Hisari Fortress. You
will get unforgettable experience. On the Asian side of the city, you will see the Goksu Palace walls, which were built by the order of the mother of Sultan Abdul Medzhizh.
• Visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) - the second largest market after the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. It was built in the shape of a reversed letter L with six different gates. The Egyptian Bazaar was built in 1660 and
had a specific function: to provide financing for the construction of the New Mosque. The Bazaar got its name due to the fact that most of the herbs and spices were supplied from India via Egypt. There are about 80
unique shops where you can buy all sorts of spices, herbs.
You will have free time toward the end to explore on your own before your transfer to the airport.
• Excursions by program with entrance tickets to museums
• English Speaking Guide
• Transport A/C
• Accommodation in 4* hotels - 2 nights and 3 days
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Transfer between airports and hotels
• International flights to Istanbul (including returns)
• Extra excursions (optional)
• Extra nights for accommodation outside program dates (optional)
• Extra payment for transfer from/to Sabiha Gokcen Airport (15$ per person)
• Turkish Bath at the Hürrem (optional; 70 euro per person)
Notice: Costs are per person in double/twin with shared room. The tours are regular with a small group.
Cost for tour :
665 USD per person with 2 & 3 star hotels
725 USD per person with 4 star hotels