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Byzantine and Ottoman Relics - Combo

Byzantine and Ottoman Relics - Combo

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Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.

Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request)

Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant.

Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program)

Rüstem Paşa Mosque, designed by the court architect Sinan for the Grand Vizier of SüleymanThe 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.

  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Hippodrome
  • Obelisk of Theodosius
  • Grand Covered Bazaar
  • Topkapi Palace

  • Muesum Entrance Fees
  • Lunch
  • Round Trip Transfers from/to Central Hotels
  • Guidance
  • Transportation with A/C Vehicles

Departure point:
Grand covered bazaar or hotel pick-up

Duration: 8 Hours

Departure time: 9:00 am (the tour ends approx. at 17:00)

Please Note:
  • Hagia Sophia on Monday replaced with Underground (Basilica) Cistern,
  • Topkapı Palace on Tuesday replaced with Tour to Byzantium,
  • Grand Covered Bazaar on Sunday replaced with authentic shops,
  • This tour does not operate on August 8, October 15 and January 1.
  • Departure time subject to change.