Highlights of Istanbul Tour
Shore Excursions highlights: St Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar
Duration: Approx. 7 hours
Shore Excursions Standards: Private
Shore Excursion Type: Cultural,Religious, Scenic
Food Beverage: Small bottle of water, Lunch
Shore Excursions Price: From $55
ITINERARY – Highlights of Istanbul Tour
You will meet with your private guide at the exit gate of Istanbul Gate Explore fascinating monuments left by two lost empires. Experience the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace Museum. Visit the Hippodrome; the site of a Roman circus that rivaled the Colosseum. Tour St. Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine design, and the extraordinary Grand Bazaar the world´s largest covered marketplace
Built by the Emperor Justinian 6th Century A.D, this magnificent example of Byzantine architecture boasts a massive dome, a lengthy nave, and an interior decorated with marble, precious stones, and some of the pillars from Ephesus.
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, artifacts and jewels, including the Topkapi diamond and the dagger.
it was built 16th Century A.D Six graceful minarets adorn the elegant mosque, one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. More than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles highlight the superb interior.
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 Serpent Column from Delphi and an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor.
Shopping – Highlights of Istanbul Tour
Grand Bazaar Your guide escorts you to a store just outside the Grand Bazaar, your rendezvous point after experiencing the marketplace. Take in a carpet-weaving demonstration there is no obligation for shopping explore the Bazaar, where the shops are organized by the wares they sell. The narrow alleys are filled with shops offering jewelry, carpets, leather ware, copper goods and more. At the end we will have carpet demonstration to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand there is no obligation for shopping
Special Notes- Highlights of Istanbul Tour
Attire for visiting the mosque should cover shoulders and knees; shoes must be removed before entering; bring or wear socks. Professional photography and flash are not allowed.
Please be aware of the ongoing restoration of the Topkapi Palace; some exhibits may be closed or artifacts might be on temporary loan to other museums. Topkapi palace closed on Tuesday, St Sophia Closed on Monday and On Sundays, the Grand and Spice Bazaar is closed. Shopping will be limited and take place in the area nearby the Grand Bazaar.
The sequence of tour stops may vary…
What the Price Includes;
- Pick up from to port
- Service of a professional English – speaking official Guide
- Entrance fees to the sites visited, per itinerary
- Transportation by non-smoking air -conditioned luxury mini/ midi bus
- Taxes and services charges
- Lunch, Featuring Selection of Turkish Food
- Beverages (except a small bottle of water provided in the vehicle)
- All item of a Personal Nature
- Gratuities to tour Staff
- Anything unless specified being included