We offer a hassle-free, Icmeler Istanbul Day Trip. Our primary tour price includes transfer to the airport, flight tickets in both directions, all entrance fees, English-speaking guide, full insurance and the transfer from the airport to the hotel. We think of everything, so you don’t have to.
Istanbul is a financial and cultural center of the country, as well as its most populous city. With over 14 million people, Istanbul joins together numerous nations, cultures and races. The city itself has an overwhelming historical background which is mirrored in its colorful architecture. This glorious city was once the capitol of two empires, first Byzantine and then Ottoman. As a city that connects two continents, Europe and Asia, Istanbul is one of the most coveted cities on the planet. On our tour we will get to visit some of the most recognizable symbols of this magnificent city.
One of the destinations of our Icmeler Istanbul Day Trip is the Blue or Sultanahmet Mosque. This marvelous architectural accomplishment got its name because of the gorgeous blue tiles which decorate the inner walls of the mosque. The mosque was constructed between 1609 and 1616, when the Ottoman Empire was ruled by Ahmed l. The Blue Mosque has six minarets which is quite unusual for a mosque. The legend says that the architect misheard the Sultan, because in Turkish words for “gold” and “six” sound similar.
The Sultan actually wanted a golden minaret, but the architect built six minarets instead. The only mosque that had six minarets back then was the Prophet’s Mosque in Mecca, so the Sultan avoided the problem by ordering a construction of the seventh minaret in Mecca. Like most other mosques the Blue Mosque includes a madrasa, a tomb of its founder, and a hospice. The mosque is a historic site, but it is also an active mosque, so it is not open during the prayer hours. Visitors should dress respectively because they will be entering a religious temple. However, if someone forgets, shawls and appropriate garment are handed near the entrance.
Next site we will be visiting in Icmeler Istanbul Day Trip is the famous Topkapi Palace. The building of Topkapi Palace was ordered by sultan Mehmet ll. The palace is set on top of a tall hill, so it dominates the surrounding areas. The Topkapi Palace was built on top of the old Byzantine ruins. Sultan and his entourage referred of Topkapi as the “New Palace”, but the common local people kept calling it “Topkapi”, which means “Gate of Cannons”. Apparently big cannons that were used during the Conquest, were set outside of the gates of the palace, and thus the name.
Topkapi was the center of the political life back then, and within 400 years as a political home, the palace housed 22 rulers. The palace was first opened as a museum in 1924. Ataturk ordered for it to be opened for public. The Topkapi also features the fifth biggest diamond that has astounding 86 carats. This stunning precious stone is The Spoonmaker’s Diamond, and you shouldn’t miss seeing it.
In Icmeler Istanbul Day Trip, we will also visit a delightful Egyptian or Spice Bazaar. This place is perfect for all of you who want to taste and smell the true fragrances of the delicious exotic East. On this lovely bazaar you can get spices, cheeses, nuts, seeds, teas, handcrafted oil soaps, nuts, a huge array of delicious Turkish sweets and much more. This lovely bazaar is as a part of the New Mosque’s complex in 1664 and it was and still is one of the busiest and most colorful bazaars in Turkey. It was originally built to be a part of the Mosques sources of funding and it is one of the oldest of its kind in Turkey.
On this vibrant place you can buy all of the typical Turkish spices such as the juicy Nar Eksisi, saffron (which is actually a dried safflower), or spicy Pul Biber. Just take your pick, this bazaar has it all! The bazaar is on all routes of Istanbul City Bus Tours, so even without the guided tours this bazaar is always bursting of life.
Once Icmeler Istanbul Day Trip is over, we will go back to the airport and hop on a flight back to Icmeler. We should note that the flight only lasts for around 45 minutes, and once we reach the airport, our vehicle will be waiting to take you back to your resort place in Icmeler.
Icmeler Istanbul Day Trip excursion through Turkey’s biggest city begins with a complementary drive from your lodging spot in Icmeler to the airport. At the airport we will board the scheduled plane and go from a 45-minute flight to one of the most impressive cites in the world – Istanbul. Icmeler Istanbul Day Trip price includes airport transfers in both directions, flight tickets, entrance fees, skills of an English-speaking guide, and a full insurance package.
Istanbul – Vibrant and Beautiful
Istanbul is a cultural, historic and financial center of our country, and it is also its most populous city. Istanbul has over 14 million inhabitants and it brings together numerous cultures, races and nations. The city has an astounding historical background which is reflected through its gorgeous architecture. This magnificent city was the capitol of two powerful empires, first Byzantine Empire and then Ottoman Empire. As a city that spreads on two continents, Asia and Europe, Istanbul is one of the most desired cities in the history of the world.
One of the first and foremost destinations of our Istanbul visit is the Sultanahmet Mosque or the Blue Mosque. This brilliant architectural piece got its name because of the lovely blue tiles which embellish the inner walls of the Blue Mosque. The mosque was made from 1609 to 1616, when the Empire was ruled by Sultan Ahmed l. The Blue Mosque includes six minarets which is quite uncommon for a mosque. According to the legend, the architect misunderstood the Sultan, as in Turkish words for “six” and “gold” sound almost the same.
The Sultan wanted a golden minaret to be made, but the architect overheard him and constructed six minarets instead. Sultan had to later order for the seventh minaret is in The Great Mosque of Mecca. The Blue Mosque also includes a hospice, a tomb of its founder, and a madrasa. The mosque is active, so it is closed for tourists during the prayers. Visitors should make sure to dress respectively as they will be entering a mosque, which is a place of religious worship for Muslims. If someone forgets to bring some proper clothing, appropriate garments and shawls will be handed near the entrance to the Mosque.
Hippodrome of Constantinople
Hippodrome of Constantinople, located in Sultanahmet/Istanbul, was a public arena mainly for chariot races in the ancient world. Today there many interesting still standing such as Obelisk of Theodosius Kaiser Wilhelm’s Fountain. Spiral Column Rough-Stone Obelisk.
One of the major symbols of Istanbul is the marvelous Topkapi Palace. Topkapi Palace’s construction started in 1461 on top of the hill which stood out the most overlooking the city. The building of the Palace was ordered by Mehmet the Conqueror. The palace was a vibrant political center and home of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire. It remained a politicly relevant until 1853 when Sultan Abdulmecid l decided not to use it as apolitical base any more. Topkapi Palace housed 22 Sultans within the first four centuries of its existence.
Topkapi Palace is now a renowned museum, in fact it is the most visited museum in the whole country. Things such as the famous 86 carat, Spoonmaker’s Diamond, are always interesting. This marvelous diamond is the fifth biggest diamond in the whole world, and the story of its strange name is now legendary. Apparently, the fisherman who discovered it thought it was just glass, so he exchanged it at the jewelry market for three spoons. That is how this gem got its name – the Spoonmaker’s Diamond.
In Icmeler Istanbul Day Trip, we will go to the famous and prominent Topkapi Palace. The building of the Palace was commissioned by Sultan Mehmet ll. The palace is situated on top of a very tall hill, so it dominates over the surrounding area. The Topkapi Palace was actually constructed on top of the old Byzantine ruins. Sultan and the people around him called the palace – the “New Palace”. However, the common people kept referring to it as the “Topkapi”, which is “Gate of Cannons” in Turkish. They named it so because an array of big cannons used during the Conquest, were showcased in front of the tall gates of the palace.
Topkapi was the mere core of the political life at that time, and within 400 years as a political center, the Topkapi Palace housed 22 rulers. The palace is now open to public as a museum in 1924. When Ataturk himself ordered it. The Topkapi also hosts the fifth largest diamond in the world that has the whapping 86 carats. This marvelous precious stone is The Spoonmaker’s Diamond, and it is a truly worth seeing.
We will later visit a splendid Egyptian, or Spice Bazaar. This lovely market is perfect fit for all of you who want to smell and taste the true spicy fragrances and tastes of the delectable exotic East. On this vibrant bazaar you can buy spices, variety of seeds, cheeses, teas, nuts, handcrafted oil soaps, a wide array of delicious domestic sweets and so much more. This lovely bazaar was one of the parts of the complex of the New Mosque in 1664 and to this day it remains one of the busiest and most vibrant bazaars in the country.
It is among the oldest bazaars in Turkey. Here you can get all of the Turkish spices such as the Nar Eksisi, or Pul Biber. Take your pick, this wonderful bazaar has all you might need when it comes to exotic tastes and flavors.
Return To Icmeler
Once Icmeler Istanbul Day Trip is over, our group will go back to the airport and board a comfy flight to Icmeler. When we reach the airport, our driver will be waiting in one of our cozy vehicles to take you back to your accommodation spot in Icmeler.
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