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Full Day Old City Tour

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  • Duration:fullday, 8 hours
  • Operated:Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Start:08:30
  • End:17:00
  • Languages:English

Highlights of This Tour

Explore all the hightlights of Istanbul's Old City in this fabulous daily tour. Meet with the wonders of Istanbul: Saint Sophia Church, Mosque of Sultanahmet (Blue Mosque), Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar.

*** Please note that; Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

Full Day Lunch Included

SAINT - SOPHIA CHURCH (Church Of The Holy Wisdom): Built in 537 by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus, St. Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years; it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture; after having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, it was covered into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and into a museum by Ataturk in 1935. MOSQUE OF SULTANAHMET (Blue Mosque): Built in 1609, it is - with its 6 minarets facing Ayasofya- the last great imperial mosque of the classical period; its name comes from the 20.000 marvellous bue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls. TURKISH & ISLAMIC ARTS MUSEUM: Originally built in 1524 as the palace of Ibrahim Pasha- Grand Vizier and brother-in-law of Sultan Soliman the Magnificient, it is now a museum presenting notable examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, rugs as well as ethnographic displays of various cultures in Turkey, particularly nomad groups. HIPPODROME: It was a horse-racing track and also the sporting and social center of the Byzantine Empire; the German Fountain, the Obelisk of Emperor Theodosius and the bronze Serpentine Column are the monuments embellishing the Hippodrome. CAFERAGA MEDRESESI: Situated in a lovely, peaceful and quiet "medrese" (Ottoman theological school) built near Ayasofya during in 1559 by imperial architect Sinan, the "Caferaga Medresesi Turkish Handicrafts Center" hosts exhibition rooms highlighting traditional Turkish crafts such as calligraphy, ceramics, jewelry, marbling paper etc. TOPKAPI PALACE: This extraordinary and secret palace was the residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the center of Ottoman might for nearly 400 years. The buildings are a typical example of Ottoman architecture and the rooms exhibit rich collections of porcelains, robes, weapons, shields, armors, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewellery. GRAND BAZAAR: The largest covered market in the world with more than 60 streets and 4,000 shops, where you may find in an authentic oriental atmosphere all kind of gifts, leather clothing, rugs and kilims, antiques, jewellery, hand-woven fabrics etc... Closed: Monday: St. Sophia, Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum Tuesday: Topkapi Palace, Sunday: Grand Bazaar Replaced with Underground Cistern

  • Hippodrome
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Caferaga Medresesi
  • Blue Mosque
  • Topkapi Palace

Included

  • Transportation in deluxe non smoking minivan with A/C and comfortable seats,
  • Fluent English speaking guided escorted group tours as specified in the itinerary ,
  • Set Menu Lunch
  • All entrance fee for museum and other historical sites we will visit,
  • All the transportation fees such as highway fees and parking,
  • All the expenses of guide & driver such as meals and accommodations,
  • All the local taxes

Not Included

  • Drinks,
  • Harem section entrance is optional and fee is extra in Topkapi Museum
  • Tips (not compulsary but costumary for guide and driver)
  • Personal expenses and other services that are not mentioned above.

Full Day Old City Tour

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