of the Sultans
Luxury Private 6 Day Tour of Istanbul
If you have only a short time, this is the perfect getaway
Private Tour - Private Guide
- Private Air Conditioned Deluxe Vehicle
Add Edirne the Earlier Capital of the Mighty Ottomans
Combine with Cairo
Six days are filled with enough exotic sights, sounds,
scenes and scents to make it seem like weeks.
We'll even provide you with the Lonely Planet guide to Istanbul so that
you can explore the city on your own, as you like, in your free time!
Arrival . Choose your own date !
1 - ISTANBUL - Daily - Private Tour - Choose Your Own Dates
local rep. meets your flight , or
cruise line ( Oceania Cruises , Princess Cruises , Sea Dream II Luxury
Yacht , Crystal Cruises or other Mediterranean cruises ), and escorts
you to your hotel.
Our local representative, who sees you to your hotel, will be happy
to answer any questions you may have about getting to know the city.
As you ride into the great metropolis from the airport, two thousand
years of history are revealed: towering Roman walls, ancient Byzantine
churches, slender minarets framing the bulbous domes of graceful mosques.
These ancient monuments float on the skyline of a bustling modern metropolis
of ten million people.
2 - ISTANBUL (BL)
The center of ancient Constantinople and Istanbul was on Seraglio Point,
framed by the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. We
visit the Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet III to challenge
the architectural primacy of neighboring Sancta Sophia. We then
walk next door to compare achievements in Justinian's great Sancta Sophia.
Right behind Sancta Sophia is our next stop, sumptuous Topkapi Palace,
the sultans seraglio for centuries, filled with breathtaking exhibits
of priceless jewels, golden thrones, delicate colored tiles, and lavish
court costumes. After lunch in a local restaurant ,we finish up in the
bustling Grand Bazaar, where you can find jewelry, carpets, goat-hair
rugs, hand-painted ceramics, copper and brass in labyrinthine streets
holding nearly 4000 shops.
3 - BOSPHORUS (BL)
Istanbul's history was formed by the Bosphorus, the winding strait
that separates Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea with the Sea
of Marmara. Now, as in ancient times, it is a maritime vital link between
the countries bordering the Black Sea and those in the rest of the world.
Today we take a leisurely cruise northward along this historic waterway.
Along its shores are ranged palaces great and small-Topkapi, Dolmabahçe,
Beylerbeyi, Küçüksu, Hünkar Iskelesi. Four
great fortresses rise on the hills, reminding us that to control the
Bosphorus was to control the destinies of nations. Our afternoon cruise
(morning cruise for Oct-Apr season) of two continents, crossing from
Europe to Asia and back, includes visits to the Navy's Museum (showing
some magnificent boats used by the Ottoman Sultans), the Bosphorus Bridge,
Çamlica Hill lookout, and stupendous Dolmabahçe Palace.
is included at a charming local restaurants .
Room amenity : Complimentary
Turkish Lokoom pastries
4 - ISTANBUL (BL)
has more to offer, today we stroll along the restored 19th-century thoroughfare
of Istiklal Caddesi, once known as the Grand Rue de Péra. We
will search ( with your private guide) for spices and folk remedies
in the Egyptian Bazaar. Admire the medieval mosaics in the city's
many Byzantine churches. Shop in the chic boutiques around Taksim
Square. Climb the Galata Tower, built by the Genoese six
centuries ago, for a panoramic view of Old Istanbul . Lunch is included
at a charming local restaurant . We conclude our day with a tour of
" SALT GALATA " and the Ottoman Bank most charming Museum
and Building , the
Ottoman Bank as inaugurated in 1892. The building is a landmark unique
to Istanbul with surprisingly distinct architectural styles—neoclassical
5 - Cooking class then tour : "Imperial Constantinople in the Belle
(late 19th century), the exotic romance of the "Paris of the
morning we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . .Cooking
Ala turka: Turkish Cooking Class and Restaurant :
Learn How to Cook Authentic Turkish Foods in Between Visiting Istanbul’s
Many Sights , classes are generally held from 10:30 to 14:30 . We prepare
5 typical Turkish dishes in a group of 6-10 persons and then have them
for lunch in our restaurant.
We have aprons at your disposal and you will get the recipes to take
with you. Private
classes are held as well ( supplement applies ). For private groups,
evening classes can be considered as well, starting at 16:30, with dinner
served from 19:00 to 21:00: Cooking with Chef : Eveline Zoutendijk
Classes in Istanbul
Later in the day : walking tour : We start with our guide in Karaköy
where the foreign bankers and shipping companies had their headquarters,
then take the Tünel up to istiklal Caddesi; stop in the whirling dervish
tekke, and walk past the various old embassy buildings (now consulates),
and point out the architecture. Stop for tea (included) at the
famous Pera Palace Hotel.
Walk at least as far as Galatasaray Square, and have lunch in
the Çicek Pasaji (Flower Passage); then walk up to Taksim Square and
be picked up for the afternoon tour. In the afternoon the tour visit
Yildiz Palace Park and the Ihlamur Kasri, a mini-palace south of Yildiz,
and finish up with a visit to
the History Museum in Harbiye in time to hear the "Mehter," or the Ottoman
Sultan Imperial band (mid-afternoon).
6 - ISTANBUL- Departure (B)
There are many more things to see and do in this fascinating city, but
they will have to wait for your next visit. After breakfast, our representative
escorts you to the airport for your homeward flight--until next time!
person in USD $
Private basis - Choose your own dates. Daily - Year Round
2 Guests RATES (per person)
- Private Touring
Sultanhan, Arena or similar
Hilton , Hyatt or similar
transfer are always on a private basis, private air-conditioned vehicle,
guided sightseeing including entrance fees.
as listed : B. L. D. please check the meals code as listed on each
day : Preset menu: B = continental breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
accommodation in the category of your choice, with tax included and
doesn't include :
Fee : in cash upon arrival,
from any of the Turkish Consulates
French Levantine architect Alexandre Vallaury designed the original
building of SALT Galata to house the Ottoman Bank as inaugurated in
1892. The building is a landmark unique to Istanbul with surprisingly
distinct architectural styles—neoclassical and oriental—applied
on opposite façades.
redesign of the building, also undertaken by Mimarlar Tasarim, involves
the introduction of major new structural interventions, while the office’s
architectural approach clears the building of later surface additions
to reveal original contemporary features.
Galata is organized to enable a challenging, multi-layered program that
includes SALT Research, which offers public access to thousands of print
and digital resources; a 219-capacity Auditorium; the renovated Ottoman
Bank Museum; Workshop spaces; an Open Archive where archival research
projects are interpreted and discussed; a temporary exhibition space;
as well as a Café, Restaurant and Bookstore.
Ottoman Bank Museum, located within SALT Galata, is the first museum
to be founded by a private bank in Turkey. It became active in 2002
as part of the Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Centre. Organized
in and around the bank vaults of the building that served as the Ottoman
Bank Headquarters after 1892, the museum sheds light on the history
of the Ottoman Bank, formerly the central bank and treasurer of the
objects and documents in the collection of the Ottoman Bank Museum,
as well as the design of the museum itself, reflect the little-known
world of the late-Ottoman and early-Republican periods, in which the
bank played a central role. The museum chronologically highlights the
significant changes, developments and crises experienced over an 80-year
period—from the Ottoman Bank’s founding until 1933, when
it gained private bank status. Particular focus is given to the branch
buildings, customers and areas of activity of the same period.
item at the Ottoman Bank Museum can be studied within the context of
the politics, economy, society and even the daily life of its era. The
Ottoman Bank Museum not only narrates the story of an institution, but
also offers a representation of life during this period. The archives
and the museum’s conceptual framework were developed by Edhem
Eldem; their design was conceived by Bülent Erkmen. The design
and exhibition of display units was conceived and realized by Yesim
Bakirküre and Ypsilon.
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