Embrace Islamic History: Unveil Our 8 Days Turkey Discovery Tour from Istanbul
Embark on a profound 8-day journey through Turkey, tracing the rich tapestry of Islamic history and culture. Our '8 Days Islamic Discovery Turkey Tour Package from Istanbul' offers an immersive experience that will transport you through time and heritage. Explore iconic mosques, ancient cities, and sacred sites that bear witness to centuries of Islamic heritage. From Istanbul's majestic Hagia Sophia to the historic marvels of Bursa and the spiritual ambiance of Konya, this tour is a gateway to a world where faith and history intertwine. Let the echoes of ancient prayers and the stories of sultans guide you through an unforgettable exploration. Book your seat today and embark on a spiritual adventure that will leave you with a profound understanding of Turkey's Islamic legacy.
Embark on a Journey Through Islamic Heritage
Experience the richness of Turkey's Islamic history, culture, and spirituality with our meticulously crafted 8 Days Islamic Discovery Turkey Tour Package from Istanbul. Immerse yourself in a profound exploration that will take you through remarkable destinations, enlightening experiences, and captivating moments. Discover the treasures that await you on this extraordinary journey.
Now, let's delve into the details of this remarkable tour:
Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul - A Glimpse of Turkey
Welcome to Turkey! Upon your arrival at Istanbul's Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen Airport, our friendly staff will be there to greet you. They will ensure a smooth transfer from the airport to your selected hotel in Istanbul. After reaching your hotel, complete the check-in process, and get ready to embark on your exciting journey through Turkey. Your adventure begins here in the vibrant city of Istanbul. Spend your first night in the magical city that straddles two continents.
- Overnight in Istanbul: Your Gateway to Turkey's Wonders
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour - A Journey through History
Explore the wonders of Istanbul on this full-day excursion, where history and culture come to life.
- Morning Adventure (8:00 AM - 8:30 AM): We'll start your day with a convenient pickup from your hotel, taking you to the meeting point where your tour guide and fellow travelers await. It's time to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Istanbul's history.
- Hagia Sophia: The "Church of Divine Wisdom," a masterpiece of grandeur and proportion, will be our first stop. This iconic treasure has been cherished by both the Islamic East and Christian West. Prepare to be awed.
- Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque): If you haven't seen the Blue Mosque in person, you're in for an unforgettable experience. The feeling of wonder and awe it inspires is something you'll always remember.
- Hippodrome and Obelisk: Discover the vast Hippodrome, known as At Meydani or the "Plaza of the Horses." This historic site stretches between Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, and it has stories to tell.
- Shopping Opportunity: Your journey wouldn't be complete without a bit of shopping. Explore the local markets and pick up unique treasures to remember your trip.
- Lunch: Savor a delicious lunch, recharging your energy for the adventures yet to come.
- Topkapi Palace: This magnificent palace, once the residence of the Sultan and his court, will be your next destination. It was more than just a palace; it was a city within a city, housing the empire's political workings.
- Little Hagia Sophia Mosque: The Little Hagia Sophia, formerly the Church of the Saints Sergius and Bacchus, is a splendid blend of history and culture. Once an Eastern Orthodox church, it was later converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire.
- Tour Conclusion (05:00 PM): As the clock approaches 05:00 PM, our tour concludes, and we'll ensure your safe return to your hotel. A full day of exploring Byzantine and Ottoman relics is at an end.
This captivating tour offers you the opportunity to witness the grandeur of Istanbul's historic landmarks, from iconic mosques to the magnificent Topkapi Palace. Join us for a day filled with awe-inspiring beauty and rich cultural insights.
Day 3: From Istanbul to Bursa - A Journey Through History, Nature, and Culture
We'll pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul and set out on an exciting adventure that will take you to Bursa, the first Ottoman capital.
- Ferry to Yalova: Our journey begins with a drive to Kocaeli, where we'll board a ferry to Yalova. Enjoy the scenic ride across the water, taking in the beautiful views.
- Bursa, the Historical Gem: Upon arriving in Yalova, we'll continue our drive to Bursa, a city steeped in history. Our first stop will be the Historical Inkaya tree, a majestic tree that has witnessed over 610 years of history.
- Delicious Lunch: We'll indulge in a delightful lunch at a charming restaurant nestled at the base of the mountain. Savor delicious mixed grills while enjoying the picturesque surroundings.
- Uludag Mountain: Next, we'll make our way to Uludag Mountain, one of Turkey's most popular and advanced winter sports destinations. You'll have free time to explore, whether you're into skiing, snow, or chairlift adventures.
- Cable Car Descent: After an exhilarating time on Uludag Mountain, we'll descend back to the city center via a cable car, offering spectacular views along the way.
As we return to the city center, we'll embark on a cultural exploration, visiting some of Bursa's iconic sites:
- Green Mosque and Green Tomb: These stunning landmarks showcase the exquisite Ottoman architecture and are steeped in history.
- Silk Market: Discover the Silk Market, where you can admire and shop for beautiful silk products, a testament to Bursa's rich history in silk production.
As the day draws to a close, we'll head back to Istanbul. After a full day of exploration, you'll be transferred to your hotel, with memories of a day filled with history, nature, and culture in the enchanting city of Bursa.
This day offers a diverse experience, from the ancient Inkaya tree to the snowy adventures on Uludag Mountain, all while exploring the cultural treasures of Bursa.
Day 4: Bosphorus Adventure and Journey to Cappadocia
Our day begins with a pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul between 08:00 AM - 08:30 AM. Get ready for an exciting day exploring the beautiful Bosphorus and its iconic landmarks.
- Dolmabahce Palace: Our first stop is the grand Dolmabahce Palace, a historical gem that served as the residence for six Sultans from 1856 to 1924. Notably, it was also used as a presidential residence by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic.
- Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque (Dolmabahce Mosque): Located along the Bosphorus in Dolmabahçe, this elegant mosque offers a serene atmosphere and remarkable architecture.
- Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch to refuel for the rest of the day's adventures.
- Golden Horn: Discover the beauty of the Golden Horn, an inlet of the Bosphorus renowned as the world's largest natural harbor.
- City Walls: Explore the remarkable city walls of Constantinople, which remained impenetrable for centuries.
- Bosphorus Bridge: Marvel at the Bosphorus Bridge, one of the world's largest suspension bridges, connecting Europe and Asia.
- Ebu Eyyup El Ensari Tomb: Visit the tomb of Ebu Eyyup El Ensari, a significant figure who was visited by the Prophet Mohammed during his first visit to Medina.
- Pierre Loti Hill: Named after the French novelist and naval officer Pierre Loti, this hill offers panoramic views of Istanbul. Enjoy a cable car ride down the hill for a thrilling experience.
- Rumeli Fortress (From The Sea): As we cruise along the Bosphorus, take in the magnificent view of the Rumeli Fortress, an iconic fortification of Istanbul.
- The Black Sea: Capture breathtaking moments at the point where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea.
Our full day Bosphorus Cruise tour concludes around 17:30 PM. We'll then arrange your transportation to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia.
Arrival in Cappadocia: Upon your arrival in Cappadocia, you'll be transferred to your hotel for a relaxing overnight stay, re-energizing for the adventures that await in this unique region of Turkey.
This day is packed with history, natural beauty, and cultural highlights. From exploring Istanbul's landmarks to your flight to Cappadocia, you're in for an unforgettable journey.
Day 5: Enchanting Cappadocia Exploration
Begin your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel, and get ready for a full day of exploring the mesmerizing region of Cappadocia. We'll pick you up at 09:30 AM, and your Cappadocia adventure will unfold. Today's highlights include:
- Devrent Valley: Devrent Valley, located just 1 km from Pasabaglari (Monks' Valley) and 5 km from Avanos, graces the northern slopes of Aktepe. This unique site is dotted with the ruins spread across three valleys, housing remarkable fairy chimneys with distinctive large stems.
- Monks Valley: Pasabag, also known as the Pasha's Vineyard, is the ideal place to witness the enchanting three-headed fairy chimneys. It's a location surrounded by awe-inspiring natural rock formations, creating a truly spectacular scene.
- Avanos: Known for its terra cotta craftsmanship since 3000 BC, Avanos is a town where you'll have the chance to explore a traditional pottery workshop, often carved deep into the hillsides. The clay used in this artistry is sourced from the Red River that flows through the town, playing a vital role in both the land and the local economy.
Exploring Cappadocia's Treasures:
- Goreme Open Air Museum: Discover the historical significance of Goreme, once a crucial Christian center during the early Middle Ages. This bishopric, administered by Mokissos near Aksaray, thrived in the 11th and 13th centuries. While the area boasts numerous monasteries, churches, and chapels, dating can be challenging due to the scarcity of inscriptions. Therefore, the dating of these religious structures relies on iconography and architectural characteristics.
- Uchisar: Uchisar is a captivating troglodyte town nestled in the heart of Cappadocia. The town derives its name from a colossal piece of rock at its center, which once served as a castle. This extraordinary rock formation is the highest peak in the region, offering breathtaking panoramic views of all of Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
After a day filled with exploration and enchantment, we'll drop you back at your hotel around 05:00 PM. Enjoy an overnight stay in Cappadocia, replete with memories of this captivating journey.
Explore the unique wonders of Cappadocia, where the landscapes are like no other, and the history is rich and fascinating. From fairy chimneys to troglodyte towns, Cappadocia offers a world of discovery.
Day 6: Journey to Konya - Unveiling the World of Jalal ad-Din Rumi and Sufism
Commence your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel, preparing for a remarkable journey. We will embark on a scenic drive that will not only offer picturesque landscapes but also a glimpse into the daily lives of the country's villagers, who diligently tend to their farms. As you travel through fertile plains, you'll observe the rich cultural tapestry that differentiates the cities in Turkey.
Destination: Konya - A Spiritual Sojourn:
Your voyage will lead you to Konya, a city with deep-rooted spiritual significance. Here, you will explore:
- Mevlana Museum: This exceptional site houses the tomb of Rumi, revered by his followers as Mevlana. Rumi, a distinguished Muslim poet and mystic, continues to inspire and touch the hearts of countless individuals. You will have the opportunity to delve into the wisdom and teachings of Rumi as you visit this remarkable museum.
Exploration and Cultural Immersion:
Following your visit to the Mevlana Museum, you'll have some free time to explore the local market. This is a chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Konya and perhaps find a unique souvenir to remember your journey.
As the day's adventures come to a close, you'll check in at your hotel in Konya, where you'll spend the night. Reflect on the spiritual revelations of the day and anticipate the adventures that lie ahead.
Experience the mystical world of Jalal ad-Din Rumi and Sufism in Konya, where spirituality and culture intertwine to create a profound and enlightening journey.
Day 7: Unveiling the Seljuk Legacy in Konya - Return to Istanbul
Commence your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel in Konya. Your journey today will take you through the heart of the Seljuk Empire, a historic and influential Muslim state.
Your private tour will begin at 09:30 AM with a visit to some remarkable sites in Konya:
- Karatay Tile Museum: This museum is a treasure trove of exquisite tiles dating back to the Seljuk Empire. You will be captivated by the intricate designs and artistry that reflect the grandeur of the era.
- Ince Minare (The Slender Minaret): Explore the remarkable architectural and artistic wonders, including wooden and stone works, that have endured since the Seljuk period.
- Alaaddin Hill and Mosque: Visit the ancient mosque perched atop the Alaaddin Hill. This historical edifice, dating back to 1116-1156, stands as a testament to the Seljuk legacy in Anatolia. It was built during the reign of Sultan Kilic Arslan II.
Following this enlightening exploration, you will be transferred to Konya Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport, our team will be there to pick you up and ensure your smooth transfer to your hotel in Istanbul. It's a seamless transition from the historical riches of Konya to the vibrant energy of Istanbul.
Overnight in Istanbul: Enjoy a peaceful overnight stay in Istanbul, where the past and present harmoniously coexist. Reflect on the cultural and historical insights gained during your journey through Konya.
Day 8: Your Leisure Day in Istanbul
Savor a Free Day: After a wholesome breakfast at your Istanbul hotel, the day is yours to enjoy as you please. Whether you wish to explore a few last-minute sights, indulge in some shopping, or simply unwind and soak in the local atmosphere, this free day allows you the flexibility to make the most of your time.
Tailor Your Experience: Istanbul is a city of endless possibilities, from its historical treasures to vibrant markets and delectable cuisine. You can use this day to revisit a favorite spot, uncover hidden gems, or simply relax at a charming café along the Bosphorus.
Concluding Your Journey: As the day unfolds, our team will be ready to assist you, taking into account your departure schedule. When the time comes, you will be conveniently picked up from your hotel for a smooth transfer to the airport, allowing you to wrap up your memorable journey through Turkey.
Farewell to Turkey: With your heart filled with cherished memories and your suitcase packed with experiences, you'll bid farewell to Istanbul and Turkey, knowing that you've uncovered the essence of a country where the past and present merge in a tapestry of culture and history.
We hope your journey has been both enriching and inspiring, and we look forward to welcoming you back to this captivating land in the future. Safe travels!
- Airport-Hotel Transfers: Your seamless journey begins with transfers to and from the airports, ensuring a hassle-free start and end to your trip.
- 4 Nights in Istanbul: Enjoy comfortable accommodations in Istanbul, complete with daily breakfast to fuel your days of exploration.
- Full-Day Istanbul City Tour: Dive into the captivating history of Istanbul with a guided tour that encompasses all museum fees, expert guidance, and a delightful lunch.
- Full-Day Bursa City Tour: Explore the enchanting city of Bursa, including transportation, a savory lunch, expert guidance, and a cable car ride.
- Full-Day Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour: Immerse yourself in the beauty of Istanbul from the water with a Bosphorus cruise tour. This experience includes museum fees, professional guiding, and a delectable lunch.
- Istanbul to Cappadocia Flight Ticket: Travel with ease to Cappadocia, where you'll discover a unique cave hotel during your two-night stay, complete with daily breakfast.
- Full-Day Cappadocia Tour: Delve into the remarkable world of Cappadocia with a full-day tour featuring all museum fees, an experienced guide, and a satisfying lunch.
- Cappadocia to Konya Bus Tickets: Journey from Cappadocia to the captivating city of Konya.
- 1 Night in Konya: Find rest in a comfortable Konya hotel with breakfast included.
- 2 Days Private Konya Tour: Explore Konya's rich heritage during this private tour. It covers museum fees, expert guidance, and lunch for two days.
- Konya to Istanbul Flight Tickets: Fly back to Istanbul and seamlessly return to the city's vibrant atmosphere.
- Personal Expenses: Souvenirs, additional meals, and other personal expenses are not included in the tour.
- Tips: Gratuities for your guides and staff are not covered.
Pick-up and Drop-off Details
- Istanbul International Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport: Your journey commences and concludes with convenient transfers to these airports.
Experience the Wonders of Islamic Turkey in 8 Days
Embark on an extraordinary journey through Turkey, a land where history, culture, and spirituality intertwine to create a truly unforgettable experience. Our 8-day Islamic Discovery Tour Package from Istanbul invites you to explore the heart of this captivating country, discover remarkable landmarks, and immerse yourself in the rich heritage of Islamic history.
As you touch down in Istanbul, your adventure begins. Feel the warm welcome of Turkey as you're transferred to your hotel. The journey starts with the promise of remarkable encounters and awe-inspiring destinations.
Istanbul City Tour
Step into the world of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires as you explore the iconic Hagia Sophia and the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque. Stroll through the ancient Hippodrome and find treasures at the Grand Covered Bazaar. Top it off with a visit to the opulent Topkapi Palace and the serene Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.
Bursa – A Glimpse of the Ottoman Capital
Leave Istanbul for the first Ottoman capital, Bursa. Experience the magic of the 610-year-old Inkaya tree and savor a delectable lunch with breathtaking views of the mountain. Reach Uludag Mountain and embrace the spirit of winter with skiing, snow, and a chairlift. Immerse yourself in the legacy of Islamic art and culture at the Green Mosque and the Green Tomb before returning to Istanbul.
Bosphorus Cruise and More
Set sail on the stunning waters of the Bosphorus and marvel at the Dolmabahce Palace, a symbol of Ottoman opulence. Visit the Bezm-i Alem Valide Sultan Mosque and capture the beauty of the Golden Horn. Relish the ancient charm of the City Walls and experience the grandeur of the Bosphorus Bridge. Pay your respects at the Ebu Eyyup El Ensari Tomb, enjoy the panoramic view from Pierre Loti Hill, and take a thrilling cable car ride. As the day ends, discover the history of the Rumeli Fortress and where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea.
Fly to Cappadocia, a land of enchantment. Explore the surreal landscapes of Devrent Valley and visit Monks Valley with its distinctive three-headed fairy chimneys. Experience the art of terra cotta at Avanos and witness the open-air marvels of Goreme Open Air Museum. Round off your day with a visit to Uchisar, a troglodyte town.
The Sufi Spirit of Konya
Venture through untouched villages, fertile plains, and cultural diversity as you drive to Konya. Your destination is the Mevlana Museum, home to the tomb of Rumi. Shop in the local market before retiring to your hotel, captivated by the spiritual essence of Konya.
A Tale of Seljuk Turks in Konya
Explore Konya, the capital of the Seljuk Turks. Dive into the cultural treasure of Karatay Tile Museum and Ince Minare. Stand in awe of the Alaaddin Hill and Mosque, built during the Seljuk period. As the day unfolds, transfer to Konya airport and fly back to Istanbul.
The Final Chapter
On your last day, relish your free time and savor the memories you've created. At the appointed hour, we'll pick you up and escort you to the airport, bringing your incredible journey to a close.
Our 8 Days Islamic Discovery Tour Package from Istanbul is an invitation to explore, learn, and experience the wonders of Turkey. Be ready to make lasting memories and embark on a spiritual, historical, and cultural adventure that will stay with you forever.