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What To Expect
Get to know the Byzantine and Ottoman relics in Istanbul.
Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 - minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Hippodrome, center of sporting events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. The Serpentine Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
Grand Covered Bazaar, the most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets*, leatherware and souvenir.
Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Your guide will give you free time to go around the palace**.
The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.
Guidance in multiple languages
Drinks during lunch
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. It will be replaced with a visit to the Underground Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici).
Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with a tour of Byzantium.
The Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays, during the Ramadan Bayrami and the Kurban Bayrami, and will be replaced by other authentic shops.
*Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request.
**Harem section of the Topkapi Palace is not included in the program. You may visit it if you wish during the free time your guide will give you. Entrance fee to be paid on the spot.
Children 2 years old and below are free of charge.
Other languages are available with an extra fee upon request.
The pick-up service via shuttle bus takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Those who stay in hotels out of the city center can be transferred to their hotels with an extra fee upon request.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
3 hours and 30 minutes
3 hours and 30 minutes