Highlights : Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapı Palace
What is Included:
- 1 full Day Tour
- Air-conditioned transport
- Professional English speaking tour guide
- All entrance fees mentioned in the Itinerary
- Lunch included
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
We pick you up from your hotel in the morning then begin our tour in Sultanahmet, the cultural and historical heart of old Istanbul, where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
Haghia Sophia is one the greatest masterpieces of Byzantine architecture, built as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Converted into a mosque in 1453 by Conqueror Mehmet, it is now one of the world’s greatest museums. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of Istanbul.
The Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. It takes its name from the exquisite blue Iznik tiles which decorate the interior, and it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets, built in honour of Sultan Ahmet.
Hippodrome was the centre of sporting and social events during the Byzantine Empire. The Serpentine Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius and the German Fountain are note-worthy monuments in the vicinity of the arena.
The Grand Bazaar is the oldest and largest covered market in Turkey, situated in the centre of the old city. It has 4,000 shops full of souvenirs and crafts, including carpets, leather, icons, ceramics and jewellery.
Topkapi Palace was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Now it houses a fabulous collection of crystal, silver, Chinese porcelain, jewels and costumes and showcases the imperial treasury as well as the sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed. The armory and royal Harem are particularly worth seeing. (Entry to the Harem is not included in the tour).
End of the tour transfer to your hotel.
Note: Monday: Hagia Sophia closed, replaced with Chora Museum,
Tuesday: Topkapı Palace closed , replaced with Turkish and Islamic art museum.
Sunday: Grand Bazaar closed.