Istanbul Full Day City Tour
Istanbul Full Day Tour Program:
08:45 Pickup from hotel in Istanbul
17:00 End of the tour, drive back to hotel
Please note that this is mostly a walking tour so your shoes must be comfortable.
On this tour you will visit:
Hagia Sophia – Aya Sofya
(Closed on Mondays & replaced with Basilica Cistern)
Hagia Sophia (532-537) is one of the most impressive architectural samples of Byzantium Era and it is absolutely mystical unique example of art where you can see motifs and traces of Christianity and Islam together. It was built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian and it was used as a church until 1453. When Mehmed II which was Ottoman Sultan on that period conquered Istanbul in 1453, it was converted from church to a mosque. In 1935, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk converted it to a museum.
Blue Mosque – Sultan Ahmet Camii
(Closed on Friday Mornings because of the Friday Prayer)
Imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet (1609-1616) is one of the great masterpieces of the world and it is the last sample of classical Ottoman architecture. The name “Blue” comes from the famous blue Iznik (Nicea) tiles which adorn the entire interior of the mosque. It is also the only Ottoman mosque with 6 minarets among the other mosques.
Hippodrome of Constantinople – Sultanahmet Meydanı
Being used as an arena for chariot races, athletic activities and rebellions in Byzantium Era, Hippodrome was also used for similar purposes including executions in Ottoman Period. Today, it is the heart of the Old City which hosts other ancient monuments.
Lunch will be provided in a cozy local restaurant.
Topkapi Imperial Palace – Topkapı Sarayı
(Closed on Tuesdays & replaced with Archeological Museum)
Started to build in 1460 and finished in 1478 for Sultan Mehmet - the conqueror of Istanbul, Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans. The palace was transformed into a museum in 1924 and was declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985.
(Harem Section is not included in the itinerary because it needs additional time and fee so please check with your tour guide if you would like to spend time over there on your own.)
Grand Bazaar – Kapalı Carsi (1461)
(Closed on Sundays & replaced with Spice Bazaar)
In addition to its historical importance, it's a bazaar that will tempt even the no shoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather and souvenirs. You have chance to visit 2 parts;
Indoor Part: This part of the bazaar is covered section which is dating back to 1461. It is very nice place to see the Ottoman oriental bazaar where you could find some small souvenirs.
Outdoor Part: This section of the bazaar are surrounded with export houses (free V.A.T and free shipment chance) subsidized by Turkish Government where local and foreign visitors who are looking for real Turkish handicrafts-leather-jewelry which are being sold with certificate and authenticity. You will enjoy your safe bazaar trip in this hassle free part.
Full Day Istanbul Tour Price : 65 euro per person