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Painting in the 13th century Church of St. Saviour in Chora.
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Paintings from the Mevlevi Museum.
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Fresh pomegranates outside the Hafiz Mustafa 1864 Sweet Shop.
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Interior of the Hagia Sofia (L) and man praying alone in a Mosque (R).
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Kevin with "Man's Best Friend" (L) and the Fish Market (R).
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The Galata Tower, a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul.
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View from the Galata Tower.
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Fishermen on Galata Bridge (L), View from Galata Tower of Bridge (R).
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Check into Kybele hotel, dinner and trip orientation.
Topkapi Palace in the morning with our local guide. Afternoon is free to explore on your own, or optional visit with guide to Suleymaniye Mosque, then reconvene for dinner.
Blue Mosque & Hagia Sofia in the morning with local guide. Afternoon is free to explore on your own, or optional visit with guide to Archaeology museum. Ferry across Bosporus, the straight that separates Europe from Asia for dinner on the Asian side.
Cistern, Spice Bazaar & Grand Bazaar in the morning with local guide. Afternoon is free to explore on your own, or optional tour with guide TBD.
Early dinner at our hotel, followed by a Whirling Dervish show.
The Bosporus by ferry to the Black Sea, and short hike to a Medieval castle for view of the Sea, fish lunch then return to Istanbul followed by dinner.
Chora Church then Fener-Balat neighborhoods followed by a visit to Koc Rahmi museum in the morning with local guide. Late afternoon is free to explore on your own. Private sunset boat cruise from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, drinks and snacks provided.
Free Day in Istanbul.
Tour Ends, transport to airport for those leaving Turkey.
Recommended Reading for Turkey –
Cressent and Star
– Highly recommended. Very readable and informative history of modern Turkey by a passionate Turkophile.
– Voluminous biography about the man that created modern Turkey.
Birds Without Wings
Louis de Berneires
– Beautiful novel set in the last days of the Ottoman Empire.
My Name is Red
– A bit too esoteric for me but a famous novel by a Turkish writer.
Any Poetry by Rumi, the 13th century Poet.
– What can I say? Not too esoteric for me.
Lonely Planet Istanbul City Guide
– Guide book which I recommend.
Time Out Istanbul
– Current events cultural magazine in English. There will be a current issue for you in your hotel room.
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