ISTANBUL FROM ISLAMIC VIEW (4 DAYS - 3 NIGHTS)
DAY 1: HOME – ISTANBUL (D)
Flight to Istanbul. Arrive at the airport of Istanbul. Welcome and assist by our our guide. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner will be served at hotel. Overnight.
DAY 2: ISTANBUL (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel and tour with visits to Hippodrome the former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople, Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), which is famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique six minarets, St. Sophia Museum the magnificent Byzantine Church between 532-1453, main mosque of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453-1934 and since 1934 one of the most important highlights of the city. Then it goes to the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, where we can see tiles, calligraphy, wood, metal and textile works from the Islamic World. After lunch, visit to Topkapi Palace (Treasury and Harem Sections not included!) the former imperial residence from where the Ottoman Empire was ruled. The Holy Mantle and Sacred Relics Section is housing one of the most important relics of the Religion Islam. We can see: The Sword, The Letter, The Seal, The Beard, The Footprint of the Muhammad and many other belongings from the Caliphs and other prophets. Then visit to the Süleymaniye Mosque built in the 16.century and second biggest mosque of the city after the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Sinan called this mosque as his “journeyman work”. Dinner will be at hotel. Overnight.
DAY 3: ISTANBUL (B,L,D)
After breakfast at hotel visit to the Rustem Pasha Mosque. The important feature of the little interior with two galleries is its magnificent and very colorful tiles, starting in the porch. They are from Iznik Pottery, then at the peak of its fame. After the Rustem Pasha Mosque embark on a Private Cruise along the Bosporus. Disembark at Sariyer and have lunch at a restaurant. Then drive to the Asian Part of Istanbul. Visit to Yeditepe Hill for a panoramic view of the city. Then drive to the city part Eyup and visit to the Eyyub-ul Ensari Mosque. This was the first mosque built after the Turks took Istanbul. One of the first Muslims, Ebu Eyyub-ul Ensari was killed in the Arab Army's 668-669 Siege of Istanbul. Fatih Sultan Mehmet's religious teacher, Aksemseddin found what he said to be Eyub's Tomb and Fatih build a large tomb, a mosque and a soup kitchen here. Later, in the around of these places, many charities, monumental tombs and cemeteries were built. Late afternoon drive to the Sehzadebasi Mosque and visit it. Sultan Suleyman's beloved son Prince Mehmet died in 1543. The tomb and large complex surrounding were built on the exact centre of Istanbul, Sehzadebasi, which Sinan geometrically computed as Sultan Suleyman requested. Wits its elegant calligraphy, minarets, mosque, the smaller buildings and the trees, it is among the most balanced group of buildings in Istanbul. This mosque is after the Sultan Suleyman Mosque, the second important work of Sinan. He called this mosque his "apprentice work". Dinner will be served at hotel. Overnight.
DAY 4: ISTANBUL - HOME (B)
Transfer to Istanbul Atatürk Airport and flight back home.