Day Tour

SINAN-The Great Old Master of Architecture (6 Hours 30 Minutes)

UTS - Nurdan's United Travel Services - Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Dec 2018

SINAN-The Great Old Master of Architecture (6 Hours 30 Minutes)

Istanbul, Turkey

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Family Vacations
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

The guests will be greeted on the pier or at the airport in Istanbul, or the guests will be met at their hotel lobby by UTS-Nurdan’s United Travel Services’ expert bilingual guide for a private tourl, with private A/C transportation all day long.


Your private tour will start with a visit to Rustem Pasha Mosque. It was designed by famous “Sinan the Architect” for Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha. Rustem Pasha Mosque is famous for its exquisite Iznik tiles, set in beautiful floral and geometric designs, which cover not only the facade of the porch but also the walls and columns.


Next visit will be to the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent. Suleymaniye Mosque is undoubtedly the most dignified building in the city. Symbolizing the Ottoman glory of the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, featuring an ocean of schools and pious foundations, Suleymaniye is the miracle created by the great architect Sinan.


Lunch will be served at one of UTS’s recommended local/select restaurants close to the sights, at your own cost.


After lunch, you will visit to Mihrimah Sultan Mosque located in the Edirnekapi neighborhood near the Byzantine city walls. Located on the peak of the Sixth Hill near the highest point of the city, the mosque is a prominent landmark in Istanbul. The Mihrimah Sultan Mosque was designed by "Sinan the Architect" for the favorite daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent, Princess Mihrimah.


Last visit will be to Sehzade Mosque which was commissioned by Sultan Suleiman in memory of his eldest son by Hürrem, Prince Mehmet, who died the age of 21. It was the first major commission by the Imperial Architect Sinan and was completed in 1548. It is considered by architectural historians as Sinan's first masterpiece of classical Ottoman architecture.


At the end of the tour, you will be escorted to the cruise pier or your hotel.

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After confirmation is received from the booking agent for our proposed services/rates, UTS confirms by e-mail to the booking agent in writing all necessary services, bookings and arrangements with the hotels, restaurants, guides and vehicles to be used including the hotel confirmation number. 25% deposit payment is required within 7 days upon UTS’s confirmation of services. The balance of 75% is required 30 days prior to the arrival of the guests. Payment may be made by agency check in the net amount OR by wire transfer OR by credit card, prefereably by Master Card and Visa or by AMEX, without any credit card fees. Booking agent may also pay by client’s credit card and UTS will charge booking agent’s gross amount (determined by the booking agent) to client’s credit card and will send to the booking agent the commission check in USD no later than 14 days after the date of travel completion. Important Note for credit card charges: In accordance with the local banking laws, credit cards will be charged in the local currency (Turkish Lira) and will be exchanged by the card holder’s bank at the exchange rate applicable on the day the bank processes the charge. For this reason, there may be a variation in the price quoted and the actual rate rocessed on the card holder’s credit card. United Travel’s Bank Details for wire transfers: UTS United Seyahat ve Sigorta Acenteligi Ticaret A.S. CITIBANK N.A. TURKEY Esentepe Branch Büyükdere Caddesi. Maya Akar Center No:100 Esentepe - ISTANBUL US $ Account # 603359011 Swift Code : CITITRIX IBAN Code: TR 63 000 92 000 000 00 603 359 011 Cancellation Policy for FIT bookings (up to 10 guests) The following cancellation charges apply for confirmed services If the cancellation is received by UTS: - Within 30-15 days before the services commence: 15% of the full cost - Within 14-7 days before the services commence: 25% of the full cost - Within 6-3 days before the services commence: 50% of the full cost - Within 2 days or less before the services commence: 100% of the full cost No refunds will be made for the unused portions of the trip or for cancellations made after the trip has commenced. Cancellation policy for group/hotel bookings, special events and gulet charters are subject to special agreement in this regard with the hotels/suppliers, to be finalized at the time of the confirmation

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Outstanding service.

By: Mike01


Reviewed on: 03 Aug 2015

This the second trip for us with UTS and we highly recommend them. They have the best guides and drivers and are extremely knowledgeable about all of the Turkish sites. We visited Istanbul, Troy, Ephesus and Bodrum and our family were extremely impresses with the tours they provided. We would go anywhere with them. Mike01
Travel Advisor:  Angela Pierson
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Premier service

By: Gayle 7777


Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2015

The guides were knowledgeable and interesting, with a pleasant and positive attitude. They were patient and spoke slowly making sure we understood everything. The cars were immaculate and the drivers very pleasant while making sure we were their first concern. They gave us a tour of a life time while making it fun and easy.
Travel Advisor:  Sandra Ortiz

Expert planner

By: Mooly


Reviewed on: 24 Aug 2015

Marci did a great job planning all the details of our vacation. we had not one worry the whole time
Travel Advisor:  Marci Oakley

Unforgettable time in Ephesus, Best day of trip

By: julie


Reviewed on: 25 May 2017

We had the most fabulous day in Ephesus with our guide, Eti. Eti was knowledgable personable , and a lot of fun. I was a little nervous going into Turkey, but within minutes I knew I was in good hands. She greeted us right as we left the cruise in Kusadasi at 8:30 am. We walked over to a beautiful brand new Mercedes van and our driver was most attentive. We visited the House of the Virgin Mary, ancient Ephesus, the terrace houses, and the ruins of St. John's Basilica. We then had a most delicious Turkish lunch. The baklava was the best that I had ever tasted. We then went to a Turkish rug galley and there was no pressure, unlike other reviews of many other tour companies. We went back to the ship at 5:30 pm. It was a full day, but very worth while. I hope to return again and see more of Turkey! Thanks so much to Eti and Nurdan!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Shea