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Turkey Travel Tour Highlights
Istanbul has enchanted visitors and conquerors throughout history. Its fortuitous location has inspired artists and architects, and lured conquerors from the Emperor Justinian, the Selcuks, to the Ottomans. This exclusive stopover program includes sightseeing of the city’s famed highlights, whilst also allowing free time for independent exploration. Tour Aya Sofya, the world’s largest enclosed space for over 1,000 years. Nearby is the Blue Mosque – a symphony of classic Ottoman architecture, elaborately adorned with sublime tiles. Shop carpets, leather goods, antiques and souvenirs in the expansive Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered market. Tour Yerebatan Saray, an ethereal Byzantine underground cistern dating back to 532 AD. Topkapi Palace’s treasure houses live up to all fantasies of royal life with lavishly embroidered silken robes and massive diamonds and emeralds on display. The palace Harem is covered with beautiful wall paintings and tiles and was the true seat of much of the Ottoman Empire’s real power. Tour Suleymaniye, the mosque and community complex that were the ultimate architectural achievement of the court architect, Sinan the Great. There will also be time to visit the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art; the Mosaic Museum, with original Roman mosaics depicting wild animals and deities and the Dolmabahce Palace, the final Ottoman pleasure dome where Atatürk ended his days. Also cruise along the Bosphorus, the waterway separating Europe and Asia.