- Hagia Sophia museum
- Blue mosque
- Topkapi Palace
- Grand Covered Bazaar
Ottoman & Byzantian Relics Tour
You will visit almost every remark of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empire with this Istanbul city tour. Book this tour with the best price guarantee.
Cruise on the Bosphorus & Two Continents Tour
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 guidebook, ”The marble 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 marble.” 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 mihrab”. Well! Is there sign pointing to the mihrab?
These are only a 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 don’t worry! You will override the cue once you enjoy our tour. We are using the professional pass for the museums to not stick in the cue.
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.
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.
Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans, the maze of buildings that was the focal point of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. 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 cypress 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 caliphate of Islam.