Enjoy the Sultan Ahmet area and the old City of Istanbul. You will feel and smell the history at this place , you can really feel it.
DAY 1 HISTORICAL PENINSULA (Walking Tour)
Enjoy a full day tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul. Firstly we visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia which is the first large church of Christendom and the first large domed building in the world. Then, we walk from here to the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning it’s interior, and to the Hippodrome, the stadium of the ancient Byzantium, where an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi still survives. We also view the German Fountain. We then continue to the exciting Grand Bazaar and following the introduction by our guide, we have some free time here. After the lunch at a local restaurant, we visit the amazing Topkapi Palace, which from 15th to the 19th Century was the main residence and the administration center of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. We see the buildings of the royal courtyards with their unique architectural styles and the exhibits in them, especially the priceless imperial treasury.
AYASOFYA MUSEUM (SAINT 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 architectural marvels of all time- Its immense dome rises 55 meters above the ground and is 31 meters in diameter. The beautiful decorations include stunning Byzantine mosaics. (Open everyday except Friday.)
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE ( BLUE MOSQUE)
Across from St. Sophia is the supremely elegant, imperial, six-minaret mosque of Sultanahmet I. Built between 1609 and 1616 by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. During the summer months, there is a light and sound show in the evening.
Overlooking the Istanbul Bogazi and the Marmara Sea, stands amaze of buildings that was once the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the I9th centuries. The first courtyard is a magnificent wooded garden. To the right of the second court, shaded by cypress and plane trees is the palace kitchen, now housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, while on the left is the Harem, the secluded quarters of the wives and concubines of the sultan. The third court contains the Audience Hall of the sultan, the Library of Sultan Ahmet III, an exhibition of robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury’ and finally, an exhibition of miniatures. In the center of the third court is the Pavilion of the Holy Mantle, enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. (Open every day except Tuesday.)
* Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with the Underground Cistern,
* Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and will be replaced with the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum,
* Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
What is Included
Admission fees to the museums and sights as mentioned in the itinerary
Licenced English speaking tour guide,
Lunch at a local restaurant,
Pick up from hotel and drop off services,
Local taxes and service fees.
What is excluded
Tips to the guide and driver
|Private Tour||Please send request|
|Regular Tour||69 Euros per Person|