"Byzantine Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Sultans Tombs"
Our driver will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the tourâ€™s starting point between 07:00 - 08:00 according to your hotelâ€™s location. You will be informed for exact time at the time of confirmation.
You will visit the following sights with an experienced and licensed professional tour guide with this tour.
The idea for the hippodrome originally came from Emperor Septimius Severus in 203. He came to Byzantium to beat down a rebellion in a Roman civil war, after which he raised the city walls, slaughtered most of the inhabitants, and introduced an arena for chariot races and other entertainment. You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II.
The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design.Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarest.
The Hagia Sophia, the biggest church constructed by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul, has been constructed three times in the same location. The Church of Holy Wisdom, undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the World used as a mosque during Ottomans and serving as a museum today.
The oldest and the largest covered market place in the World with nearly 4.000 shops fuul of rich collections of carpets, jewellery, leather, and souvenirs.
The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed
** Treasury and Harem sections in Topkapi Palace are not included in the program and are due to extra entry.
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.
You will be transfered back to hotel at the end of tour.
* Hagia Sophia is closed on MONDAY, will be replaced by Underground Cistern
** Topkapi Palace is closed on TUESDAY and will be replaced with the Two Continents Tour on tuesday and will see Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill.
*** Grand Bazaar is closed on SUNDAYS, and will be able to visit other shopping places around.
Hotel Pick-up & drop-off by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
Entrance Fees mentioned by the itineraries.
Professional Licenced Tour Guide.
Services Charges & Local Taxes.
Drinks at lunch
Tips and gratuities
Thank you very much for the attention and for the tour, it was unforgettable!
Our guide did a great job explaining the rich history of Istanbul. Suggested to anyone visiting this amazing city.
FREE Pick-up & Drop-off service available only from hotels in city center.
FREE Pick-up & Drop-off available from these locations; Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Laleli, Taksim, Beyoglu, Sisli, Fatih, Aksaray, Beyazit, Eminonu, Karakoy, Besiktas... or nearby..
Extra Pick up Drop off charge 40 Eur (two ways) from these locations; Ataturk Airport, Bakirkoy, Atakoy, Yesilkoy, Gunesli, Merter, Yenibosna, Levent, Maslak... or nearby..
Extra Pick up Drop off charge 70 Eur (two ways) from hotels in Asian Side; Uskudar, Kadikoy, Atasehir, Bostanci, Maltepe. or nearby..
Please Contact Us for pick up possibility and prices from the other locations.
Owing to traffic difficulties, pickups may delay beyond our control.