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ICONS OF ISTANBUL
After disembarkation in the morning, you will be met at the port by your private guide and driver. Drive to the Sultanahmet neighborhood. Visit the Roman Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races and the great public occasions throughout the immensely long history of Byzantine Empire.

You will next step into the extraordinary Hagia Sophia Church. Built in the 6th Century by the Emperor Justinian, this church stands as a testament to the sophistication of the former Byzantine capital and influenced architecture in the medieval world for centuries. Its original design was supposedly created as a mirror image of the heavens. Converted into a mosque by the Ottomans in the 15th Century under the Sultan Mehmet II, this vast edifice now includes minarets and Turkish Rococo fountains. Take your time exploring the huge galleries and beautiful mosaics. Given its age, the church is in remarkable condition and the interiors are full of important frescoes and mosaics depicting holy subjects.

You will continue your guided exploration of Istanbul with a visit to the Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world. It is named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and its dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district.

You will be given the opportunity to experience the best examples of the Ottoman cuisine, during lunch.

Lunch will be followed by a visit to the extraordinary Imperial residence of 25 Ottoman Sultans - the Topkapi Palace, lavish home to the Ottoman Sultans. For centuries this was the place from which the Sultans ruled over an empire that stretched from Eastern Europe to Atlantic Ocean. It contains a priceless collection of jewelry, porcelain and costumes.

Legend claims that the ancient rod on display in the Treasury, is the one used by Moses to part the Red Sea. Other artifacts of similar fame include John the Baptist’s gilded arm and Mohammad’s beard, fingernails and foot imprint.

We will complete our tour at the Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar’s first phase of construction began in 1455 under Mehmet the Conqueror, but it was added to many times over the centuries.The end result is an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops selling, for example, hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and illuminated manuscripts

Transfer to back to the port.

MARVELS OF ISTANBUL
After disembarkation in the morning, you will be met at the port by your private guide and driver. Morning visit the masterpiece Chora Church with its 14th century mosaics and frescoes of almost supernatural beauty demonstrating the finest Byzantine art forms and parallel, in time, developments in Italian renaissance art. Dedicated to Christ the Saviour, it was originally outside the Constantine Walls, hence 'in Chora', meaning in the country. Built in the 6th century by St.Teodoros, the basilica we see today was renovated in 1321 by Theodore Methochite, the Treasury Minister of Byzantine Emperor II Andronikos Paleolog. It was converted into a mosque in 1511 and Ataturk declared it a National Museum in 1935.

Visit the extraordinary Hagia Sophia Church. Built in the 6th Century by the Emperor Justinian, this church stands as a testament to the sophistication of the former Byzantine capital and influenced architecture in the medieval world for centuries. Its original design was supposedly created as a mirror image of the heavens.

Converted into a mosque by the Ottomans in the 15th Century under the Sultan Mehmet II, this vast edifice now includes minarets and Turkish Rococo fountains. Take your time exploring the huge galleries and beautiful mosaics. Given its age, the church is in remarkable condition and the interiors are full of important frescoes and mosaics depicting holy subjects.

You will later visit the dramatic and beautiful Byzantine Underground Cistern, built in the 6th Century as a secure water reservoir for the city. It is one of Istanbul’s most unusual tourist attractions! It was laid out in 532 under the rule of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Do not miss the 336 Corinthian columns resting on busts of Medusa’s Head, which are believed to be a shrine to the water nymphs!

We will complete our tour at the Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar’s first phase of construction began in 1455 under Mehmet the Conqueror, but it was added to many times over the centuries.The end result is an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops selling, for example, hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and illuminated manuscripts

Transfer to back to the port.

OTTOMAN MASTERPIECES OF ISTANBUL
After disembarkation in the morning, you will be met at the port by your private guide and driver.

You will continue your guided exploration of Istanbul with a visit to the Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world. It is named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and its dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district.

Next visit the extraordinary Imperial residence of 25 Ottoman Sultans - the Topkapi Palace, lavish home to the Ottoman Sultans. For centuries this was the place from which the Sultans ruled over an empire that stretched from Eastern Europe to Atlantic Ocean. It contains a priceless collection of jewelry, porcelain and costumes. Legend claims that the ancient rod on display in the Treasury, is the one used by Moses to part the Red Sea. Other artifacts of similar fame include John the Baptist’s gilded arm and Mohammad’s beard, fingernails and foot imprint.

We will complete our tour at the Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar’s first phase of construction began in 1455 under Mehmet the Conqueror, but it was added to many times over the centuries.The end result is an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops selling, for example, hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and illuminated manuscripts

Transfer back to the port.

TWO SHORES OF EXOTIC ISTANBUL
After disembarkation in the morning, you will be met at the port by your private guide and driver.

Morning visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, where you can find a vast diversity of spices, sacks of henna, many varieties of oils and herbs, and of course the world’s very best Turkish delight.

Then cruise up the Bosphorus on a private boat. Crossing back and forth between Europe and Asia we sail past opulent palaces, mosques, imposing fortresses and traditional wooden Ottoman mansions.

Transfer back to the port.

SACRED ISTANBUL
After disembarkation in the morning, you will be met at the port by your private guide and driver.

Morning visit the masterpiece Chora Church with its 14th century mosaics and frescoes of almost supernatural beauty demonstrating the finest Byzantine art forms and parallel, in time, developments in Italian renaissance art. Dedicated to Christ the Saviour, it was originally outside the Constantine Walls, hence 'in Chora', meaning in the country. Built in the 6th century by St.Teodoros, the basilica we see today was renovated in 1321 by Theodore Methochite, the Treasury Minister of Byzantine Emperor II Andronikos Paleolog. It was converted into a mosque in 1511 and Ataturk declared it a National Museum in 1935.

We will then visit Sinan's masterwork, Istanbul's largest and grandest mosque, the Suleymaniye Mosque. Inside one may gaze at the intricate Iznik tiles, fine stained glass windows and beautiful carpets while at the same time noticing the simplicity of the mosque itself. We will complete our tour at the 17th century Spice Bazaar, where you can find a vast diversity of spices, sacks of henna, many varieties of oils and herbs, and of course the world’s very best Turkish delight.

Transfer back to the port.

ISTANBUL’S JEWISH HERITAGE
After disembarkation in the morning, you will be met at the port by your private guide and driver.
We will begin with a short drive to Balat; a very ancient part of the city, where you will see the oldest existing synagogue in Istanbul called the Synagogue of Ahrida, which dates back to 1400. The synagogue has an impressive Baroque design and was restored in the 17th century.
The second place of interest will be the very famous Neva Shalom Synagogue. The name Neva Shalom stands for "Oasis of Peace". The synagogue was converted to its current situation after a renovation of the sports complex of a Jewish School in 1938 and was opened to public use as of 1951.The most attractive item in the synagogue is the chandelier that weigh 8 tones and the glassware which was imported from England during the construction of the Synagogue.
Drive to Ortakoy, where the first Sephardic Jews landed in 1492 and were welcomed by the Ottoman Sultan Beyazid II. Last, the interior visit of the Etz a Hayim Synagogue.

Transfer back to the port.