Istanbul- Topkapi Palace-Hippodrome, St.Sophia,Bl. Mosque,Grand Bazaar with lunch

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book this regular, group shore excursion and benefit of a complete overview of Istanbul's highlights

Upon your arrival to Istanbul our tour guide meets you at harbour and drive to historical peninsula with our new brand tour transportation vehicle (in about 15 minutes).

Topkapi Palace Museum - A huge walled complex hugging the Bosporus, the former palace of the Ottoman sultans is now a museum with an extraordinary collection of Chinese porcelain, art, artefacts, and jewels including the Topkapi Diamond. The Harem, home of the sultan and his primary living quarters, offers exceptional insight into the sultans’ lifestyles.

Hippodrome - The large, open square was once the site of a Roman circus that rivaled the Colosseum and could seat a quarter of a million spectators. Monuments on the site include the Snake Column from Delphi and an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor.

Blue Mosque – Six graceful minarets adorn the elegant mosque, one of the city’s most recognized landmarks. The superb interior is decorated with more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles.

St. Sophia – The Emperor Justinian built St. Sophia when Istanbul was Constantinople. This magnificent example of Byzantine architecture boasts a massive done, a lengthy nave, and an interior decorated with marble, precious stones, and pillars from Ephesus.

Grand Bazaar - Today, shops selling the same kind of merchandise tend to be congregated in their own street or in hans as this was originally the Ottoman system. In addition to two bedestens there are also 13 hans in the grand bazaar. The atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar is very interesting for tourist and has consequently become a very popular place for foreign visitors. It is open during working hours on week days, closing earlier on Saturdays, while on Sundays and religious holidays it is closed

Inclusions

-         transportation by deluxe, air-conditioned vehicle, late-model

          (bus, minibus or taxi, according to your group’s size)

-         professional driver

-         insurance cover during transfers by vehicle

-         licensed English-speaking guide *

-         entrance fees

-         all taxes

-         identification sign with your name on it

-         mobile contact number for any emergency, available 24/7

          * guides in other languages available, upon request

Step 1

Your tour starts from the port of Istanbul

Step 2

Visit of Topkapi Palace Museum

Step 3

Visit of the Hippodrome

Step 4

Visit of the Blue Mosque

Step 5

Visit of St. Sophia

Step 6

Visit of the Grand Bazaar

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