Dolmabahce Palace

This beautiful Ottoman Palace, magnificently situated at the European side of the Bosphorus strait, was built by the son of Mahmut II, Sultan Abdulmecit 1839-1861, who ascended the throne at the age 16. His decision to have a new fashionable residence similar to European palaces started the construction of the Dolmabahce Palace in 1843. After the demolition of the former palace in wood, the work for the new palace started under architects Garabet and NikogosBalyan, members of the famous Balyan family which gave nine reputed architect to the Ottoman Empire for nearly a century. Serving under the six sultans, they were responsible for the westernization of the city’s architecture. The construction of the palace which covers an area of 250.000…

Cappadocia Tour – Hot-Air Balloon Ride

(Istanbul – Capadoccia by plane) Visits: Zelve Open Air Museum, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley, Red Valley, Cavusin, Kaymakli Underground city Day 1 – Flight to Cappadocia Transfer from your hotel in Istanbul to the airport in the late afternoon. Fly from Istanbul to Kayseri or Nevsehir. Transfer to Urgup. Overnight in Cappadocia Day 2 – Cappadocia Tour 1 with Hot – air Balloon Ride Option Early Morning 5:00 am: Pick-up from hotel for hot air balloon ride. After hot air balloon ride dropped off back to hotel. After breakfast, picked up for Cappadocia Tour 1.Begin the day in Devrent Valley, followed by Zelve Open Air Museum, one of the most impressive monastery complexes in the area. Next,…

Istanbul – Cappadocia One Day

Transfer from your hotel in Istanbul to the airport. Morning flight from Istanbul to Kayseri. Transfer from the airport to Cappadocia. Begin the tour by visiting both Devrent Valley and Pasabağ (Monk Valley), to see the extraordinary mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles or ‘fairy chimneys’. Continue on to the small village of Avanos by the Red River, famous for clay pottery design. After lunch, proceed to the Goreme Open Air Museum, featuring the most impressive rock-carved churches and Byzantine frescoes in all Cappadocia. Finally enjoy a view of the moonscape valleys from the rock-perched natural citadel of Uchisar Castle. Transfer to Kayseri airport. Evening flight back to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel.

Troy & Galippoli Tour

Take a 2 days trip by private bus from Istanbul to tour Troia& Gallipoli – Travel to the ancient city of Troia, scene of the legendary Trojan War and the  fabled Wooden Horse. Then walk along the tunnels and trenches of the historical Gallipoli Battlefields on the Dardanelles from WWI… Itinerary – 2 days Istanbul to Gallipoli &Troia: Day 1 (Istanbul to Çanakkale) Ancient City of Troia Tour 07:30am – Pick up from your hotel in Istanbul and travel to Troia for tour with lunch en route. Visit the archaeological site of this 5000 years old city, scene of the legendary Fall of Troia in the Trojan War as described in Homer’s Iliad, made famous by its wooden horse. See…

Whirling Derwishes Ceremony

Known to the west as Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded by Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. The Order was based on tolerance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. They survive today as a cultural brotherhood. These are sacred rituals aim of which is to enrich the experience of worship. The ritual of the Mevlevi sect, known as the Sema, is a serious religious ritual performed by the adherents in a state of trance to honour God.

Turkish Bath Hamam Istanbul

The world famous baths or ‘hamams’ as they are named, were used in the old times by all the population as public baths and are a source of relaxation, health and rejuvenation. Before the Ottomans came, the Romans, Byzantines, and nomadic peoples of the region had their own variations on bathing rituals. These traditions were later combined, creating a different variation of all the features, The Turkish Bath. After undressing in your cubicle, you will you will don apeştamal, a traditional cotton body wrap. Then you enter the hamam area with a marble platform that heated from underneath. This is where you can lie down to sweat. This hot area, called the “sıcaklık”, consists of the large, hot marble platform…

Princes’ Islands

The most famous of all the beauty spots nearby o Istanbul in the sea  of Marmara are the Princes Islands, a little suburban archipelago just off the Asia coast of the Marmara. The islands are about an hour’s sail by ferry from Sirkeci. It is only in the last hundred years or so that the Princes Islands have become fashionable as resorts and places to bathe and picnic. Before that they were sparsely inhabited and rarely visited. But their picturesque and historical associations appealed to the romantic imagination of the nineteenth century. The nine islands are situated between 20 and 30 kilometers south of Istanbul in the Marmara Sea. It is a rather anovel fact that there are no cars…

Turkish Night & Show Dinner

Kervansaray Restaurant & Night Club is located in Istanbul, between Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Center and Hilton Hotel. If you are planning to be in Istanbul, Kervansaray invites you to the most famous traditional Turkish show for an unforgettable night.  Since 1949 the most legendary night club in Turkey has welcomed millions of spectators who have come to admire the famous shows. Kervansaray offers private salons which are ideal for events of every size and kind, including weddings, receptions, business meetings and parties. Whether you are planning for 10 or 500 guests, our experienced special events staff will work with you to select a menu, arrange entertainment and special services and create the perfect setting for your event. The chefs have…

Bosphorus Cruise Dinner & Show

Sail up the Bosphorus, the waterway between Europe and Asia, passing under the suspension bridges and viewing Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and modern villas which line the European and Asian coasts. The panoramic view of Istanbul by the Bosphorus at night and dinner will both be memorable and temendously enjoyable.       Program – Welcome cocktail on deck – D.J music – A traditional Turkish melody musical performance – Asuk Masuk (Asuk Masuk is an imitation play of dwarfs which belongs to the Taseli district of Silifke and is performed by 2 male dancers). – Belly Dancer – Anatolian Folk Dance (mixed show different part of Turkey) – Turkish Romany Dance Dinner: – Hors d’oeuvres dishes – Break…

Bosphorus Cruise Tour

Starting from the tip of the Historic Peninsula the tour passes, in (approx. 1hr 30 min.) in front of the leading Ottoman palaces like Topkapı,Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, and the shores of the Bosphorus lined with traditional wooden built villas on its shores and other monuments and places of interest. RumeliCastle comes next. Situated on the European side of the Bosphorus, it was built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in1452 to control sea traffic from the north and prevent it from entering Constantinople. The Bosphorus is approximately 30 km long, and at its narrowest point, Anadolu and Rumelicastles face each other. Here the width of the strait is about 800 meters. The waters of the Bosphorus flowfrom the north to the…