Language: The Turkish language is spread over a large geographical are in Europe and Asia; it is spoken in the Azeri, the Turkmen, the Tartar, the Uzbek, the Baskurti; the Hogay, the Kirgiz, the Kazakh, the Yakuti, the Guvas, and other dialects. The Turkish spoken in Turkey represents that of the Turkish language group coming from the southwest branch of the Uralic-Altayic language family. The oldest written records of Turkish are found upon stone monuments in Central Asia, in the Orhun, Yenisey and Talas regions within the boundaries of present day Mongolia, and belong to the years 725, 732 and 735 A.D. After the formation of the Turkish Republic in 1923 and following the achievement of national unity, Latin alphabet using Turkish phonetics was adopted in 1928
Istanbul Shore Tours (Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar)
The Best Of Istanbul Tour: Meet at your hotel, Ataturk airport or from your Cruise boat. We have tours to the city's imperial history by driving around the Golden Horn and the great city walls of Constantinople. Hippodrome: The former centre of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Wilhelm II. St. Sophia: The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times, one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from the 17th century, famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. After having lunch we have visits to famous Topkapi Palace: The former imperial residence from where the great Ottoman Empire was once ruled. Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the Royal Family. Follows a visit to Grand Covered Bazaar. Transfer back to begins point. End of our tour and services. (L)
Transfers from airport - hotel airport, a professional licenced tour Guide, Mentioned meals above in the tour program, A comfortable Bus, car or minivan.
Entrance fees on spots - Drinks on the meals - Tips to Guide and Driver.
Did you know that Anatolia played a crucial role in the organization and spread of Christianity. The religious councils, which are integral to Christianity, were all convened in Anatolia. -Nicaea Council (325 AC) -First Constantinople Council (381 AC) -Ephesos Council (431 AC) -Chalcedon Council (451 AC) -Second Constantinople Council (553 AC) -Third Constantinople Council ( 680-681 AC) -Second Nicae Council (787 AC) -Fourth Constantinople Council ( 869-870 AC)
Special thanks to Bahar who created a perfect program for us.
Thanks for encouraging us to do hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia as that will be a special memory and thank making that Turkish kebab meal we loved it all.
Donna Michael Williams
Sidney - Australia