Full day tour of byzantine &ottoman relics

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08.15: You will picked up from your hotel to have full day
walking tour of Byzantine & Ottoman Relics,

ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine that Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.

SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE accroos from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE becase of it’s magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik Tiles.

HIPPODROME the scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with it’s four monuments; the GERMAN FOUNTAIN of WILHELM II, the OBELISK of THEODOSIUS, the bronze SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN of CONSTATINE.

GRAND BAZAAR (COVERED MARKET) In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having it’s own area; the goldsmiths’ street, meerschaum, Turkish Leather’s streets, Turkish handcraft arts, Iznik tiles etc.

After the Grand Bazaar tour , we will have a nice Turkish Lunch break at restaurant.

TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries, housing and exquisite collection of precious gems, jewellery thrones of Sultans, robes worn by the Sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; CHAMBER of SACRED RELICS.
Please note that Harem is not included in the program and visit due extra entrance fee.

LITTLE HAGIA SOPHIA MOSQUE is known as one of the oldest standing chruches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It’s early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Hagia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history. Temple is founded by powerfull emperor Justinianos whose reign was golden age of Roman Empire and now is used as a mosque since 1497.

Important Note: St. Sophia closed on Monday, replaced with Underground/Basilica Cistern. And Topkapı Palace closed on Tuesday, replaced with Beylerbeyi Palace. Grand Bazaar closed on Sunday.

17.00: At the end of the tour we will drop back you to your hotel.

What’s Included;
• Professional English speaking guide on tours.
• Full day guided tours mentioned in the itinerary.
• Lunch (vegetarian food is available as well)
• All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
• All museum and entrance fees where necessary.
• All Local taxes & No extra or hidden costs!

What's not included;
• Travel Insurance
• Tips & Personal Expenses
• Beverages

Attractions: 

Hagia Sophia was built at the command of Emperor Justinian in the years 532 to 537. It was first constructed as a church, then became a mosque and is now a museum. It has the fourth biggest dome in the world, towering at 56m, it is the largest in Turkey...

The Blue Mosque, officially known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is without a doubt, one of the most spectacular sights of Istanbul and one of the architectural marvels of the world. It is referred to as the Blue Mosque, due to the blue tiles adorning the interior walls.

Topkapi Palace was the administrative centre for the Ottoman Empire, for nearly 400 years, from 1465 to 1853. The palace was the setting for many royal entertainment events. Topkapi Palace is certainly the most important historical site to be visited in Istanbul....

The Grand Bazaar is one of the biggest covered markets in the world. It was originally built in 1464, at the command of Fatih Mehmet II, shortly after his Conquest. It contains around 4400 shops, 2195 workshops, 497 stalls and 18 fountains..

In the square in front of the Blue Mosque one of the most famous areas in Byzantine Constantinople can be found; the Hippodrome. The ancient Hippodrome, was a originally a gathering place, sports area and the scene of chariot races....

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