Full Day Istanbul Sightseeing Tour with Lunch
You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel or cruise port between 8:30 - 8:50am for the full day Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour.
On this Istanbul tour you will be able to see :
HIPPODROME, The center of sport activities with its four monuments; The GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, Egyptian Obelisk, SERPENTINE COLUMN and the WALLED OBELISK.
BLUE MOSQUE The most famous mosque of Istanbul which is known as the BLUE MOSQUE as well because of its beautiful blue Iznik tiles. (Information is given from outside when the line is excess.)
HAGIA SOPHIA GRAND MOSQUE 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.
(Information is given from outside when the line is excess.)
GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brasware and trays, water ewers, onyxware and meerschaum pipers.
LUNCH (Drinks are extra)
HAGIA IRENE CHURCH Built during the same period (4th century) as its neighbour the Hagia Sophia. The name Hagia Irene Church means ‘’Godly’’ or ‘’Holy Wisdom’’ in Greek. After the conquest of Istanbul it was incorporated into the grounds of Topkapı Palace and like many other churches was converted into a mosque. However there were no major changes made to the building’s structure.
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, costumes 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.)
Also visioned during the tours
*OBELISK OF THEODOSIUS *SERPENTINE COLUMN
*GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II *WALLED OBELISK
Grand Bazaar closed on Sunday / Replaced with Arasta Bazaar
Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Mosque closed on Friday due to Prayer
Topkapı Palace & Hagia Irene Church on Tuesday
This tour is not operated on Tuesday & Friday
Information is given from outside when the line is excess in Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and Blue Mosque