If you’re interested in Byzantine and Ottoman history, then this tour is perfect for you! You’ll get to see some of the most famous relics from both empires, including the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome (Hipodrom), and the Grand Bazaar. With a local expert guide, you’ll learn all about these amazing places and their significance in history. This tour is sure to satisfy your curiosity and give you a new appreciation for these two great empires.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8:30 am and taken to the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel or cruise port around 5:30 pm.
These are the attractions you will visit in this tour:
Hippodrome: The former center for entertainment, sports and political activities in the city during the Roman and Byzantine Empires. You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II.
Hagia Sophia: The Church of Holy Wisdom, undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the World used as a mosque during the Ottoman era and serving as a museum today.
Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul and built in 17th-century architecture, it is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets.
Topkapi Palace: The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle and enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. (Please note that the Harem sections in Topkapi Palace are not included in the program and are due to extra entry).
Grand Bazaar (Kapaliçarsi): The oldest and the largest covered marketplace in the world with nearly 4.000 shops full of rich collections of carpets, jewelry, leather and souvenirs.
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