We start our tour at the Hippodrome , which at one time was the center of Byzantine social and recreational life. A few parts of this spectacular site remains, including the Obelisk of Thutmose III and Serpent Column.
Near the Hippodrome is the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Its exceptional architectural design features 1 main dome, 8 secondary domes, 6 minarets, and a vast number of blue tiles hence the given name.
From here we go the Topkapi Palace, which dates back to 1459. It served as the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 4 centuries. In 1924, the palace was officially declared a museum.
You will then have a break to enjoy a delicious Turkish lunch.
Afternoon we continue our tour with Hagia Sophia, which served both Christianity and Islam at different times in history. When it was first built in 537, it was an Eastern Orthodox church. In 1453, converted to an imperial mosque. Approximately 5 centuries later, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum.
We finalize our tour with the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, comprising 61 covered streets and more than 3,000 shops offering almost anything you might need. The bazaar part of the walled city and was built during the years 1455-1461.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel. Please consider city center range. Istanbul is a big city.
As we will be visiting a mosque please have appropriate dressings. All tour will be realized on foot. All visiting places are next to each other.
"Was very good tour. We enjoyed too much. I recommend definetely."