General

This full day tour will take you to some of the gems of Istanbul. Travel back in time and discover the story of Roman Byzantium, Byzantine Constantinople and Ottoman Istanbul as you explore the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. A knowledgeable local guide will provide you with plenty of fascinating insight into the history and culture of this ancient city.
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This full day tour will take you to some of the gems of Istanbul. Travel back in time and discover the story of Roman Byzantium, Byzantine Constantinople and Ottoman Istanbul as you explore the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. A knowledgeable local guide will provide you with plenty of fascinating insight into the history and culture of this ancient city.

The first stop is the Hippodrome. This circus dating from Roman times was originally used for chariot racing and other public events and eventually became the social and cultural heart of Constantinople, the scene of riots, palace intrigues, love affairs and horse races throughout Byzantine history.
Next we’ll visit the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque due to its decoration with more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles. This splendid building with its six minarets has dominated the Istanbul skyline ever since its construction by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century. Next head to Hagia Sophia, considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Having been used as both a cathedral and a mosque, the vast and intricate building is now a fascinating museum.
From here we’ll head to the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets and narrow passageways where you will find over 4000 shops and stalls with separate areas for different crafts. This is an ideal place to stock up on traditional Turkish handicrafts such as colourful hand-painted earthenware and hand-burnished copper, brass and onyx.
The tour will end with a visit to the impressive Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. This sumptuous building houses an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewellery, royal thrones and vestments as well as wonderful Ottoman-style miniatures. At its peak, the palace was a mysterious city within a city, home to as many as 4,000 people, covering a large area with an extensive shoreline along the Bosphorus.

Package Includes :

  • Tickets
  • Transport
  • Meal

Conditions :

  • Minimum 2pax required for the tour
  • Child 3-11 years at 15% off
  • Infant below 2years free of charge

Timings :

  • 08:00 – 05:00PM

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Istanbul

IstanbulIstanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Read more

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