• Full-day eight-hour tour of Istanbul and its four main attractions
• Superb Blue Mosque
• Historic Hagia Sophia and its Byzantine mosaics
• Ottoman architecture and museums of Topkapi Palace
• Shopping in the Grand Bazaar
• Lunch included
• English-speaking guide
• Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour
8:15 – 8:45 Departure from your hotel.
Blue Mosque: One of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.
Hagia Sophia: Now a museum, Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, and was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Take a moment to linger here to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics. (closed on Monday)
Topkapi Palace: The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. (closed on Tuesday)
Grand Bazaar: In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world's largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. (closed on Sunday additional time will be spent at the other locations)
Rustem Pasa Mosque: designed by the court architect Sinan for the Grand Vizier of Süleyman The Magnificent. A typical sample of Islamic architecture amidst the rows of shops near the Spice Bazaar, famed with its exquisite and colorful tiles set in floral and geometric designs.
Tour finishes approximately 17:30.
Closed: Hagia Sophia on Monday Replaced with Kariye (St. Savior in Chora) Museum, City Walls and Yedikule Dungeon (Golden Gate). Topkapi Palace on Tuesday Replaced with Archaeological Museum. Grand Covered Bazaar on Sunday
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