Taking part to this full day tour, you will have the chance to get to know and admire all the significant history that surrounds Istanbul. Take a walk among its greatness… and end your day with unforgettable experiences! Istanbul Classics and Ottoman Relics, is a tour that you will never forget…

 

Hagia Sophia

One of the most precious jewels of the World Heritage… also known as “the eighth wonder of the world”. Sits proudly in the center of the old city for almost 1700 years, expecting from the visitors to admire its greatness! It was built in 537, dedicated to the Wisdom of God and it was a Christian church for over 900 years…until the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed in 1453. Hagia Sophia is an amazing architectural sample of Byzantium Era. In 1935, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk converted it into a museum

 
Blue Mosque

This imposingly beautiful mosque is a 400 year old Cami that dominates the sky of Istanbul! It was built over the site of the ancient Hippodrome, between 1609-1616, for Sultan Ahmet and took its name because of its amazing blue-tiled interior. Blue Mosque is one of the two mosques in Turkey with six minarets! Besides of being a tourist attraction, it is also an active mosque which closes its door five times a day

 
Hippodrome of Constantinople

The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a public entertainment space intended for horse and chariot racings while gaining at the same time institutional and political dimensions. Its capacity was estimated to reach 100,000 viewers, while the total length was about 450 meters! Currently an elongated public garden, with many remains of the Hippodrome to remind us its greatness…

 
Cafer Aga Medresseh

A beautiful small place hidden in the shadow of Hagia Sophia. Built in 1560, as a school, designed by Sinan on the orders of Cafer Ağa. Nowadays it hosts a cultural organisation for teaching and promoting traditional Turkish handicraft! Madrasa provides over 12 handicraft courses such as the popular art of marbling, painting, jewelery, porcelain, calligraphy, Ottoman language, ceramic and stained glass

 

Topkapi Imperial Palace

Topkapi is a complex of small buildings full of color and indelible beauty! A palace that housed for almost 400 years, Ottoman Sultans, their families and about 4000 people who lived and worked there. A place full of unbelievable stories, countless intrigues and schemings! Mehmet the Conqueror built the first stage of the palace shortly after the Conquest in 1453. Consists of four main courtyards and the Harem which in Arabic language means…“a holy place that everyone is not allowed to enter”.

It was converted into a museum in 1924 and declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985 (Harem Section is not included in the program because it requires extra time and fees. Inform your guide if you want to spend more time there on your own)

 

Grand Bazaar

One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4.000 small shops! It is well known for the beautiful Turkish carpets, the glazed tiles and pottery, the copper and brassware, the apparels made of leather, for the hand-painted ceramics, the embroideries, the fresh spices and herbs, the glittering jewellery and all sorts of other things. The complex houses also two mosques, four fountains, two hamams and several lovely cafes and restaurants

•Professional guidance (standard group tour in English-please ask for other languages)
•Pick up and drop off to your hotel (Only from Sultanahmet and Taksim area)
•Lunch in a local restaurant (vegetarian options are available)
•Museum fees
•Everything unless indicated differently
•Customary tip to driver and tour guide
•Personal expenses
•Drinks
•Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and assist to meet with your tour guide around 07:45 – 08:20 according to your hotel location
•At the end of the tour, participants will be dropped off to their hotels. Please inform your tour guide if you prefer to return by yourself
•Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays & replaced with Basilica Cistern
•Cafer Aga Medresh is closed on Mondays
•Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays & replaced with Spice Bazaar
•Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays & replaced with Basilica Cistern
•This is a walking tour
•We will take a break for lunch after Caferaga Medresesi

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Duration: 9 hours
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