Istanbul Highlights: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar - Private Tour
- Included Transportation by A/C non-smoking deluxe vehicle
- Included Pick-up and drop-off available for selected hotels only.
- Included Lunch in a local restaurant
- Included Hagia Sophia entrance
- Included Topkapi Palace entrance fee
- NOT INCLUDED Admission to the Harem at Topkapi Palace
- Wifi on board
- NOT INCLUDED Any additional expenses which are not included or detailed in the programme.
- NOT INCLUDED All personal expenses
- Admire the city's most important landmarks
- Learn about Istanbul's rich and ancient history
- Browse the stalls at the world-famous Grand Bazaar
Location Starting points
- A. Turkey Pick-up available from both the Old City and the New City areas.</br> If your hotel is not located in these areas, please make your way to the meeting point: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus (Hotel reception), Harbiye Mahallesi, Cumhuriyet Cd. No:50, 34367 Sisli/Istanbul.</br> Please contact the supplier at least 24 hours in advance to reconfirm the pick-up time. </br> Please ensure you arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. </br>
ItineraryIstanbul Highlights: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar (8 hours)Itinerary
- 1. The Hippodrome Square
- 2. Blue Mosque
- 3. Hagia Sophia
- 4. The Grand Bazaar
- 5. Topkapi Palace
- 6. Little Hagia Sophia Mosque
About this tourTravel back in time as you visit some of the gems of Istanbul. and discover the story of Roman Byzantium, Byzantine Constantinople and Ottoman Istanbul as you explore the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. A knowledgeable local guide will provide you with plenty of fascinating insight into the history and culture of this ancient city.The first stop is the Hippodrome. This circus dating from Roman times was originally used for chariot racing and other public events and eventually became the social and cultural heart of Constantinople, the scene of riots, palace intrigues, love affairs and horse races throughout Byzantine history.
Next, visit the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque due to its decoration with more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles. This splendid building with its six minarets has dominated the Istanbul skyline ever since its construction by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century. Continue as you head to Hagia Sophia, considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Having been used as both a Christian cathedral and a mosque, this vast and intricate building is now a fascinating museum.
From here, make the way to the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets and narrow passageways where you will find over 4000 shops and stalls with separate areas for different crafts. This is an ideal place to stock up on traditional Turkish handicrafts such as colourful hand-painted earthenware and hand-burnished copper, brass and onyx.
The tour will end with a visit to the impressive Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. This sumptuous building houses an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewelry, royal thrones, and vestments as well as wonderful Ottoman-style miniatures. At its peak, the palace was a mysterious city within a city, home to as many as 4,000 people, covering a large area with an extensive shoreline along the Bosphorus.
As mosques are closed on Fridays, there will only be external visits on that day.
When Hagia Sophia (Mondays) or the Topkapi (Tuesdays) are closed, the underground Basilica Cistern will be visited.