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Istanbul Old City Tour

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Price:0.00 € P.P

DurationStarts @ 08:30 Finishes @ 17:00
What to see

* Hagia Sophia museum
* Blue mosque
* Hipodromme
* Topkapi Palace
* Grand Covered Bazaar
* Suleymaniye Mosque


Why would you join in our Old City Tour instead of just walking around on your own?

Maybe we should first point out that the average age of the monuments that you are going to visit is over 1000 year in the Old City. Does it start to attract your attention? Imagine you are in the Hagia Sophia museum on your own and reading your guide book, ''The marbel jar was brought from Pergamon during the reign of Sultan Murat III. Originally from the Hellenistic period, it was carved from a single block of marbel.'' Which jar? Where is it? Do not laugh, it is serious, you are in a building over 2500 square meters. Or you are in the Blue Mosque and still reading: ''The most important element in the interior of the mosque is the mihrad''. Well! Is there sign pointing to the mihrad?
These are only few examples to clarify a professional guide would be how important while you are visiting the Old City. But you should also consider about lo huge cue in front of the Santa Sophia and Topkapi Palace Museum ticket booth. This is surely annoying to spend hours in the cue if you are visiting Istanbul for a limited time. But do't worry! You will override the cue once you enjoy our tour. We are using professional pass for the museums to not stick in the cue.


A little history of the sights

Hagia Sophia
One of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. It has been nominated as the 8th wonder of the world by historians.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built between 1609 and 1616 in the name of Sultan Ahmet 1 by Sedefkar Mehmet Aga, who was one of Sinan’ s apprentices.

The Blue Mosque
Dating from the 17th century, an architectural masterpiece famed for its exquisite blue tiles and six elegant minarets.

Hippodrome
The center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city where held. Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column Constantine Column and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.

Grand Covered Bazaar
Most attractive shopping center and biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherwear and souvenirs.

Topkapi Palace
Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans, the maze of buildings that was the focal point of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centruies. In these opulent surroundings the sultans and their court lived and governed. A magnificent wooded garden fills the outer, or first, court. In the second court, on the right, shaded by cyprees and plane trees,stand the palace kitchens, which now serve as galleries exhibiting the imperial collections of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain. Today the third court holds the Hall of Audience, the Library of Ahmet III, an exhibition of imperial costumes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the treasury and a priceless collection of miniatures from medieval manuscripts. In the center of this innermost sanctuary, the Prophet Muhammet (S.A.V) brought to Istanbul when the Ottomans assumed the caliphaten of Islam.

Suleymaniye Mosque
Masterpiece of Sinan, built between 1550 and 1557, it is one of the best Works of the Ottoman Empire, built in the name of Suleyman The Magnificent during the 16th century, considered as the best amongst the imperial mosques.

What is including?
  • All transportation
  • Entrence fees
  • Guiding
  • Lunch
 
What is excluding?
  • Personal expens
  • Tips
 
CLOSED
  • Hagia Sophia on Monday / Replaced with Chora Church
  • Topkapi Palace on Tuesday / Replaced with Chora Church
  • Grand Bazaar on Sunday

Price:0.00 € P.P

 

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