Secret Destinations of Istanbul Tour
Shore Excursions: St Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar
Duration: Approx. 7,5 hours
Standards : Private
Type: Cultural, religious, Scenic
Food Beverage: Small bottle of water, Lunch
Price: From $65
This tour is designed to give you a thorough impression of the most famous monuments in Istanbul. Impressive structures we will see Chora Church ,Suleymaniye Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Under Ground Cistern Basilica Lunch at Golden Horn,Rustem Pasha Mosque and Spice Bazaar
Tour itinerary – Secret Destinations of Istanbul Tour
Departing from the port, this comprehensive tour begins with a drive through the city´s financial heart, crossing the Galata Bridge, and traveling along the banks of the Golden Horn. On the way, you will admire such sights as the Suleymaniye Mosque, dedicated to Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. Arrive at the Chora Museum, the most important Byzantine monument in Istanbul after the Hagia Sophia. Housed within the museum is a veritable collection of 14th century frescoes, gold-inlay mosaics, and some of the world´s finest Byzantine paintings. Continue around the mighty city walls to Istanbul´s Old City. Arriving at the Byzantine Hippodrome, the ancient chariot grounds of the Byzantine Empire. The tour continues to the Underground Cistern, consisting of a network of waterways dating from the 3rd century B.C. Proceed to the Golden Horn for lunch at Fener Kiosk. After lunch, you may choose to visit The Patriarchate, located less than 100 feet away, or enjoy a leisurely walk along the Golden Horn. Continue to the Rustem Pasha Mosque, located near the Spice Market. Built in 1550 by Sinan, the Mosque´s exterior features a mihrab completely covered with faience tiles and a particularly striking mimbar. Return to the pier in the early evening. End of Secret Destinations of Istanbul Tour return to port.
Shopping – Secret Destinations of Istanbul Tour
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, leather ware, copper goods and more.
Special Notes – Secret Destinations 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.
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