Meal : Lunch
08:30 am - You will be picked from your hotel for the tour of Byzantine and Ottoman Relics. It is a full day tour that you will visit historical sites of old city in Istanbul.
* Hagia Sophia museum
* Blue mosque
* Topkapi Palace
* Grand Covered Bazaar
* Sultans Tombs
17:00 pm - At the end of the tour, transfer you back to your hotel. Tour ends.
Brief Information about the sites:
Hagia Sophia : This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architechtural marvels of all time.
(St. Sophia closed on Monday, replaced with Underground Cistern)
Blue Mosque : Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
(Visit is not possible on Friday due to quite limited access because of the Friday Prayer)
Hippodrome : The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, the OBELISK OF THEODOSIUS, the bronze SERPENTINE COOLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.
Grand Coverd Bazaar : In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with aech trade having its own area; the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onnyxware and meerschaum pipers.
(Grand Bazaar closed on Sunday)
Topkapi Palace : The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewellery thrones of sultans, robes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; CHABER OF SACRED RELICS. (Harem is not included in the program and visit is due to extra entrance fee.)
Sultans Tombs : there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at St. Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, green, blue, and red flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.
(Sultans Tombs closed on Monday, replaced with Little Hagia Sophia Mosque)
Why would you join in our Old City Tour insteed of just walking around on your own?
Maybe we should fist point out that averge age of the moments that you’re going to visit over 1000 year in th Old City. Does it start to attract your attencion ? Imagine you’re in the Hagia Sophia on your own and reading your guide book: “The marble jar was brought from Pergamon during the reign of Sultan Murad III. Orginally from the Hellenistic period, it was carved from single block of marble.” Which jar? Where it is? Don’t lough, it’s serios, you’re in a building over 2500 square meters. Or you’re in the Blue Mosque and still reading. “The most inportant element in the interior of the mosque is the hirab.” Well ! Is there a sing pointing to the mihrab?
These are only few examples to clarify a professional guide wold be how important while you’re visiting the Old City. But you should aslo consider about lo huge cue in front of the Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace ticket booth. This is surely annoying to spend hours in the cue if you’re visiting Istanbul for a limited time. But don’t worry ! You will override the cue once you enjoy our tour. We’re professional pass for museums to not stick in the cue.
- Pick up and drop off at your Hotel or Cruise Port
- Transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
- Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
- All entrance fees to the archaeological sites and museums, parking and road tolls
- Lunch at local restaurant (drinks extra)
- Local taxes
- Tips to driver and Guide
- Personal Expense
- Drinks at Lunch
Important Notes :
- You are kindly requested to present your self at the pick up point 15 minutes prior the pre advised pick up time
- 30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages 0-2
- Haghia Sophia Museum is closed on Monday; replaced with Underground Cistern.
- Sultans Tombs closed on Monday; replaced with Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.
- Blue Mosque closed on Friday due to Prayer.
- Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday
- Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday
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