-Perfect introduction for first-time visitors.
-Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
-Fully narrated tour.
-Entrance fees included as per itinerary details.
-Great overview and orientation of the city / outside city.
-Comprehensive tour by bus/coach / private car.
-Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city.
-Informative, friendly and professional guide.
-Travel by boat and see the sights from the water (as per itinerary).
Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with the Chora Church Museum. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and will be replaced with the Chora Church Museum. Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays untill 2 pm and may be replaced with Petite Hagia Sophia Church. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will be replaced with authentic shops.
Arrive Istanbul international airport, transfer to hotel, Free at own leisure, overnight at hotel.
Enjoy a Full Day tour of the Sultanahmet area which is the UNESCO recognized heart of old Istanbul. Our local guide takes us to Hagia Sophia. Built in 537 AD as world's first large dome building it was the religious focal point of the Orthodox Church before its conversion in a Muslim Mosque. We have a look at its many unique decoration from Byzantine and Turkish periods. Then we enjoy a short walk to Blue Mosque. Built in 17th century it owes its fame to the exquisite blue Iznik Tiles on its walls. Hippodrome is next to here where we see an Egyptian Obelisk and Serpent Column where once horse chariots races of the Eastern Roman Empire took. Next, you will see the German Fountain which was a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. Listen the stories of his liaison with the orient. We then go to Grand Bazaar. Following introduction by our guide at a recommended store we will have some free time to browse its 1 200 spice and gold shops. After lunch at a local restaurant we visit the amazing Topkapi Palace which from 15th to the 19th Century was the principle residence of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Our guide gives a tour at the gardens halls where we view staggering collection of imperial and religious treasury golden thrones and emerald crowns. Next place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). Our final place of interest is Church of Sergius and Bacchus today known as Petit Hagia Sophia Mosque. . After the tour transfer back to the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, we move towards the ferry pier to get aboard the boat by our vehicles waiting at the hotel for you, our valued guests. Our boat starts the tour firstly near the European coast and you will have the opportunity to see both continents and learn about them in company with our Arabic and English speaking guides. Dolmabahçe Palace, other Ottoman palaces, Ortaköy Mosque and Bosphorus mansions are just a few of the magnificent artifacts. You will have the chance to see Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge established on Istanbul Strait very closely during the boat tour. After an hour of boat cruising, we get off the ship at Beylerbeyi Pier, go to ÇamlÄ±ca Hill, the highest hill of Istanbul, by our vehicle waiting for us and give you free time to enjoy the magnificent view of Istanbul. After the free time, we take you to visit Forum Istanbul, the biggest shopping center of Istanbul, via Bosphorus Bridge. After completing the shopping center tour, we visit the leather parade, which you will enjoy very much, and complete our tour leaving you, our esteemed guests, to your hotel.
The car-free Princes' Islands are only a short ferry ride from Istanbul, and provide a welcome break from the city heat and bustle. The morning begins when you are picked from your hotel at 08:00 and transferred to the ferry terminal for a cruise on the Sea of Marmara heading for Büyükada, the largest of the nine islands making up the archipelago. On the way you'll be able to enjoy great views of the Topkapi Palace, Leander's Tower and Üsküdar on Istanbul's Asian shore. Büyükada is a popular resort for the locals in the summer with its white sandy beaches and fragrant pine forests, but it was once a place of exile for Byzantine Emperors (and Leon Trotsky) as well as a popular retreat for wealthy Istanbulites in the first half of the 20th Century. You'll be enchanted by this small slice of traffic-free paradise. When you explore some of the islands' quiet back streets, you'll feel as if you've found your way back to the late 19th century and an Istanbul that no longer exists on the mainland. Tour the island in a horse-drawn carriage before having lunch in one of the island's many pleasant restaurants. We'll return to Istanbul in the afternoon arriving back at your hotel at around 17:00. This full-day tour includes hotel pick up and drop off and transfer to the port, a return boat ride to the island of Büyükada with a guided tour, a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, lunch in a local restaurant (drinks are not included, vegetarian option included on request).
Breakfast at hotel, Full day free at own leisure, do your personal shopping or you can take optional tours from obokash.com, overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for depart to Cairo. Arrive at Cairo international airport, transfer to hotel, Free at own leisure, overnight at hotel.
Highlights Of The Day:
The Pyramids of Giza
Pyramids of Choeps, Chepren and Mycerious.
The Great Pyramid
The most famous structure in the world and the only surviving of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was built by King Khufu (Cheops) of the IV Dynasty around 2650 BC. lts height now is 137 m (original height: 146 m). Almost 2.5 million blocks of stone were put into building this pyramid. All this, however, dwindles when compared to the precision and astounding ability of the ancient Egyptian in building this pyramid. Close to the eastern flank of the Pyramid of Khufu lie three small pyramids dedicated either to his wives or family members.
The Second Pyramid
Built by Khafre (Chephren), south-west of his father's (Khufu's) pyramid though lower in height: 136 m. It still retains, on some of its upper parts, the remains of the limestone that had once covered it all. At the base, it measures 215.5 m square. lts interior is simple, with two entrances on the north side. The visitor can also still see the remains of Khafre's mortuary temple, the Temple of the Valley, and rising causeway. These temples witnessed the religious rites during the embalming of the body.
The Third Pyramid
Built by Menkaure (Mycerinus), south-west of the Great and Second Pyramids. It is much smaller than either one (62 m high). It is distinguished by the fact that the lower part of its sides still retain their granite slab coverings.
On the way to the Temple of the Valley, lies the large statue of the Sphinx. The Sphinx is carved from a single piece of stone. One of most famous monuments in the world, it is indeed a legendary statue for it has the body of lion and the face of a man. lt is 70 m long and 20 m high. The face of the Sphinx closely resembles that of King Kephren.
Since time immemorial the Egyptians have been extracting essential oils for essences. Here you have a chance to experience the aromas like, 'The secrets of the desert,' 'The lotus' and all popular international designer perfumes and colognes.
The papyrus was first made in ancient Egypt- learn how to manufacture this paper using papyrus reeds. And you have an opportunity to buy some hand painted papyrus.
Called the museum of the Egyptian antiquities, it is one of the greatest museums you will ever see, housing an unrivalled collection of antiquities reaching back 5000years. In the evening there is Nile cruise dinner, which lasts for 2 hours, sailing on the Nile with Folkloric Shows and Belly Dancers. At the end of this cruise you will be driven back to your hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel then Transfer to Alexandria by road (2.5 hrs approx) , arrive Alexandria, check in hotel, Free Time for Enjoying the Sea.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Highlights of the day:
The Catacombs of Kom El Shoukafa
Kom El Shoukafa is an underground wonder world of ornate carvings and paintings and a mixture of Roman and Egyptian designs. It is the largest Roman Funerary complex in Egypt. And dates from the second century A.D. This warren of tombs, on three levels, also contains the Triclinium, where relatives used to sit on stone benches to feast the dead, and a central tomb with reliefs of bearded serpents. Inside are 2nd century A.D. statues of Sobek and Anubis wearing roman armor.
Citadel of Fort Qaitbey
This citadel is the further most edifices on the harbors arm. The fort is on the original site of the Pharos, Alexandria’s ancient lighthouse, built in 279 BC to a height of 12 meters and topped with the statue of Poseidon. Although Pharos was restored at various times it had finally crumbled by the time the original fort was built here, in the 1480’s. This magnificent structure houses Fort Qait Beys naval museum.
A private park where world leaders often meet, 150 acres of numerous trees, palms. Over Night Alexandria
Breakfast at hotel, Rest of the day free at own leisure, at night transfer to airport for depart to Dhaka.
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