Istanbul is a place with a special aura, incredible mobility, architectural beauty and a sense of
oriental energy. An excursion that will remain unforgettable.
Concentration in the customs area. After checking identity and passports we will depart for the opposite Asiatic coasts. After a pleasant trip we arrive in Ayvalik where the bus will be waiting for us to lead us to Instabul. We will go to the the hotel to relax or anyone who wants to take a walk to the famous Taksim Square, known for its nightlife, until the time comes to get to the Church for the resurrection in St. George Edirne Kapi. There we will have the pleasure to meet the link of Plomarites of Attica “Veniamin the Lesbian”. Dinner with traditional cuisine at the church. Overnight at the hotel.
Sunday of Easter: 28/4/19
After breakfast we will visit the Patriarchate, St. George’s Church in Phanar and we will attend part of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s function of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. There we will have the opportunity to worship the sacred relics and admire the wealth of the Patriarchate, the closed gate and the area of martyrdom of Patriarch Gregory I. We will continue at the Monastery of Chora with the famous mosaics, the Virgin of Blacherna where the first hymn of the Akathistos hymn in 626 AD and we will continue to Panagia Balukkiotissa. In the afternoon optional ride on the Bosporus. The unique in beauty Cruise, during which you will have the chance to enjoy the most beautiful wooden yali (seaside villas), Galatas Tower and the first and second Bosphorus Bridge. Return. Overnight at the hotel. Those who the energy to continue can visit Taksim Square which is well known about the nightlife.
After breakfast we will go to Agios Georgios Edirne for the feast of Ai Giorgi. Our tour will begin today at the Kupeli Palace Hotel in Sultanahmet, the historical center of Istanbul gathers all the Byzantine and Ottoman history. Agia Sophia, the Obelisks in the square, the Topkapi, the Blue Mosque and of course the Grand bazaar. Agia Sophia was built in 537 until 1453 as an Orthodox temple, after the fall as an Islamic mosque and in 1934 became a museum exhibit. Topkapi is a palace overseeing the Bosporus. It was the official residence of the Ottoman emperors until 1853 and now it functions as a museum. The Byzantine Aqueduct that was built on Constantine with 336 columns extended over Justinian, called the Justinian Aqueduct or Basilica Kinstern, among the largest underground water reservoirs, Justinian’s works. The Blue Mosque will not have the opportunity to visit it because it is being renovated. On the Byzantine hippodrome we will remember Nika’s attitude, we will see the column of Theodosius and the ruins of the Delphi bronze tripod. A large market or covered market is one of the largest markets in the world and is one of the most beautiful sights in Istanbul. An enormous area hosting some 4,000 shops, traditional cafes and hammam. It’s a great way to feel the Oriental climate. The tastes of the Turks with the flavors of Greek cuisine created what we call “Politika”. The classic kebab, the baklavas from Hafiz. Mustafa 1864 is one of the best and oldest pastry shops in the city and the traditional kunefe or kineshep is one of the sweets to try before leaving the city. Also over the bridges one can taste fish sandwiches, one of the finest snacks. Close to the Covered Market is the Egyptian Market, Bazaar Bazaar which is one of the largest markets in the city and is the second most famous sheltered commercial, where we will have free time for exploration.
After breakfast we will visit Dolma Bahtse Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman sultans with their unforgettable scent and then sailing to Princes, Antigoni, Halki, Prince. Our first stop will be in Chalki with the famous theological school and Holy Monastery of the Holy Trinity on the hill of Hope. Then we will visit the Princess where you can go for a walk with the traditional wagons around the island to admire the mansioned wooden villas with the blooming gardens. For those who wish we recommend the ascent – pilgrimage to the monastery of Ai-Giorgis of Koudounas with the thousands of miracles in Christians and Muslims On this day we may be again with the link of Plomarites on our trip to Princess. going to Istanbul Forum, one of Istanbul’s most modern shopping malls, where we will visit the aquarium where more than 10,000 different species of seafood and fish are exhibited. Coffee in the unique Ciragan Palace or Marmara or Intercontinental overlooking the Bosphorus and Istanbul. Optionally choose one of the unique restaurants in the Ortakoy area on the seafront to eat. Return to the hotel. There will also be an opportunity for those who want to have fun in the evening with Koum with live music and Oriental.
After breakfast and after collecting flowers for the 1st day of May we will start our return from Istanbul to Aivali, where we will take the boat to return to beautiful and unique Lesvos island.
Cost/person in double room : 340 €
Single room charge: + 175 € (extra)
Children up to 6 years: Free
Children from 6 to 12 in a three-people room with 2 adults: 160 €
Children with a passport of up to 12 years old, from 12 years of age and over passport or ID
Deposit: 50 € (In case of cancellation not refundable)
The departure day is :Saturday 27th of April From Mitilene Port
9:00 hour in the morning from Mitilene port