Istanbul Stopover Packages for Umrah and Hajj Groups are prepared for the Umrah and Hajj groups passing to via Istanbul. A tour linking Muslim past and present, from Istanbul’s charming streets to its mighty mosques and bustling energy. Visit the most famous sights of the old city, including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia while enjoying the rich variety of old, new, exotic, mundane and antique shopping in Istanbul. For more “Islamic and Muslim Tours in Istanbul and Turkey” you can please ask to us to get your a Free Custom Tour Itinerary and Quote.
Just like Istanbul, few other cities in the world blend the history and cultures of east and west without stepping out of character. Our 4-Day Istanbul Stopover Package for Umrah and Hajj Groups is the best option to help you discover Istanbul.
Arrive to Istanbul, meet & greet with your local guide and proceed to city by coach. Check in your hotel and overnight.
After breakfast at hotel we begin full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. We’ll visit Topkapi Palace ; the former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. After the conquest of Istanbul by Mehmed the Conqueror at 1453, construction of the Topkapı Palace was started at the year 1460 and completed at 1478 . Palace was built upon a 700.000 squaremeters area on an Eastern Roman Acropolis located at the Istanbul Peninsula between Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Topkapı Palace, was the administrative, educational and art center of the Empire for nearly four hundred years since Mehmed the Conqueror until Sultan Abdulmecid who is the thirty-first Sultan. Although Palace was abandoned by the Ottoman Dynasty by moving to the Dolmabahce Palace at middle 19th century, Topkapi Palace was protected its importance everytime.Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the royal familya.
Then we will continue to the ancient Roman Hippodrome; the former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople.
The Byzantine Emperors loved nothing more than an afternoon at the chariot races, and this rectangular arena alongside Sultanahmet Park was their venue of choice. In its heyday, it was decorated by obelisks and statues, some of which remain in place today. Re-landscaped in more recent years, it is one of the city’s most popular meeting places and promenades. During the visit you’ll be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, and fountain of Wilhelm II.
We will continue our Sultanahmet tour with the Blue Mosque; famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles and unique with its 6 minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmed. The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice. Besides still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul. Besides being tourist attraction, it’s also a active mosque, so it’s closed to non worshippers for a half hour or so during the five daily prayers.
After lunch break at deluxe Ottoman Style restaurant we will see Hagia Sophia; the magnificent Byzantine Church of all times; one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. Hagia Sophia is the one of the most visited museums and most prominent monuments in the world in terms of art and the history of architecture. It has also been called “the eighth wonder of the world” by East Roman Philon as far back as the 6th century. The current Hagia Sophia is the third construction, done in a different architectural style, even though it occupies the same location as the previous two. The original building was constructed by the most important architects of the period (527-565), Anthemios (Tralles) and Isidoros (Miletus), under the order of Emperor Justinianos. It is mentioned in the resources that during its construction period, the two prominent architects each had 100 architects working under them, who in turn had 100 workers each working under them.
Finally we will stop at Grand Covered Bazaar; which is the most attractive shopping center and the biggest (souk) in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets and leatherwear. The colourful and chaotic Grand Bazaar is the heart of Istanbul’s Old City and has been so for centuries. Starting as a small vaulted bedesten (warehouse) built by order of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461, it grew to cover a vast area as lanes between the bedesten, neighbouring shops and hans (caravanserais) were roofed and the market assumed the sprawling, labyrinthine form that it retains today.
The Grand Baazar is very high on most tourists’ itineraries, and with good reason. This enormous site is the largest still-existing covered market in the world, spanning an area of tens of thousands of square meters. While the layout of the Bazaar is relatively geometric (in comparison to, say, the famously labyrinthine medina of Fez), the size of the place and the profusion of goods for sale still make it easy to lose one’s bearings. The Bazaar can boast a total of 64 streets and no fewer than 22 entrances, the most commonly used ones being the Beyazıt Kapısı and the Nuruosmaniye Kapısı. When here, be sure to peep through doorways to discover hidden hans, veer down narrow lanes to watch artisans at work and wander the main thoroughfares to differentiate treasures from tourist tack. It’s obligatory to drink lots of tea, compare price after price and try your hand at the art of bargaining.
End of the tour you will transfer back to your hotel.
After breakfast meet with your guide and proceed to visit Eyup Sultan Mosque where the revered Ayyub al-Ansari Mausoleum is located and attracts Muslim pilgrims. The Eyup Sultan Complex, located in the middle of the city, gave its own name to its district It is one of the most prominent complexes experiencing a stream of sightseers visiting Istanbul. The name of the complex comes from Eyup el-Ensari, a host of the Prophet (pbuh), who participated in pincer movement of Istanbul by the Umayyad army and was martyred in the area of the present mosque. The construction of the complex was initiated by building a tomb on the location he had already been buried. According to rumors, Aksemseddin, a teacher of Sultan Mehmed II, had a dream in which he saw the place where the blessed person was buried upon which Sultan Mehmed II had initially began building a tomb. The complex, which consists of a mosque, a tomb, a madrasa, (religious school) and a Turkish bath, took its first shape in the year 1459, during which the mosque’s construction began.
Then take the cable car up to the coffee house on Pierre Loti Hill, and enjoy some free time to take in the view of the Golden Hornestuary below. Named after the well-known French novelist Pierre Loti, this hill offers perfect views of the Golden Horn. It’s also home to a famous café that bears the same name. Loti lived in Istanbul for many years and was a big fan of the city. The café is a meeting point for lovers and couples, and has featured in many Turkish romance films.
After lunch at local restaurant we will continue a short distance to Eminonu Pier where you transfer to a ferry for a 1.5-hour cruise along the Bosphorus River. See the Asian and European continents on either side of the river along with several Ottoman palaces, ancient fortresses and examples of typical Ottoman architecture. During the tour you’ll also see the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge connecting the Asian and European continents, and the Beylerbeyi Palace from the ferry.
Finally we will visit Spice market and you are able to do some shopping before flying from Istanbul.The market was constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque, with rent from the shops supporting the upkeep of the mosque as well as its charitable activities, which included a school, hamam and hospital. The market’s Turkish name, the Misir Carsisi (Egyptian Market), references the fact that the building was initially endowed with taxes levied on goods imported from Egypt. In its heyday, the bazaar was the last stop for the camel caravans that travelled the Silk Road from China, India and Persia.
Vividly coloured spices are displayed alongside jewel-like lokum (Turkish delight) at this Ottoman-era marketplace, providing eye candy for the thousands of tourists and locals who make their way here every day. Stalls also sell caviar, dried herbs, honey, nuts and dried fruits.
End of the tour you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.
After breakfast you have free time until your departure time and then you will transfer to airport will be the end of the Istanbul stopover package for the passenger of Umrah.
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