Istanbul Classics & Ottoman Relics Tour by Walk

 

Istanbul Classics & Ottoman Relics Tour by Walk – Full Day Old City

A Must See Istanbul Tours.
You will start your day with this Full day Istanbul Tour in the Old city part of Istanbul… and we guarantee you an experience that you will never forget!

Places to see:

Hagia Sophia

An amazing architectural sample of Byzantium Era that was built in 537! A former Christian church and one of the most precious gem of the World Heritage. In 1453 during the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, converted into a mosque. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk converted it into a museum in 1935. Hagia Sophia also called as “the eighth wonder of the world”…

Blue Mosque

This imposingly beautiful mosque took its name because of its amazing blue tiled interior! It was built between 1609-1616 for Sultan Ahmet, and it is one of the two mosques in Turkey with six minarets! Besides of being a tourist attraction, it is also an active mosque which closes its door five times a day

Hippodrome of Constantinople

The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a public entertainment space intended for horse and chariot racings while gaining at the same time institutional and political dimensions. Its capacity was estimated to reach 100,000 viewers, while the total length was about 450 meters! Currently an elongated public garden, with many remains of the Hippodrome to remind us its greatness…

Cafer Aga Medresseh

Built in 1560 as a school, designed by Sinan on the orders of Cafer Ağa right next to Hagia Sophia. Nowadays hosts a cultural organisation for teaching and promoting traditional Turkish handicraft! Provides over 12 handicraft courses such as the popular art of marbling, painting, jewelery, porcelain, calligraphy, Ottoman language, ceramic and stained glass

Topkapi Imperial Palace

A wonderful palace that was the home for the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. It is a complex of small colorful buildings where most of the important decisions about the Ottoman Empire were taken! A place that also housed many unbelievable stories and intriguesi mostly between the wifes of the Sultans. Consists of four main courtyards and the Harem. It was converted into a museum in 1924 and declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985.

(Harem Section is not included in the program because it requires extra time and fees. Inform your guide if you want to spend more time there on your own)

Grand Bazaar

A huge undercovered bazaar and one of the most famous all over the world! It consists from 61 streets, over 4000 small shops, restaurants, traditional Turkish coffee shops, two mosques, four fountains and two hamams. A true labyrinth! You can find beautiful Turkish carpets, glazed tiles and pottery, copper and brassware, apparels made of leather, hand-painted ceramics, embroideries, fresh spices and herbs, glittering jewellery and all sorts of other things

Includes:

  • PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE (STANDARD GROUP TOUR IN ENGLISH-PLEASE ASK FOR OTHER LANGUAGES)
  • PICK UP AND DROP OFF TO YOUR HOTEL (ONLY FROM SULTANAHMET AND TAKSIM AREA)
  • LUNCH IN A LOCAL RESTAURANT (VEGETARIAN OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE)
  • MUSEUM FEES

Excludes:

  • EVERYTHING UNLESS INDICATED DIFFERENTLY
  • CUSTOMARY TIP TO DRIVER AND TOUR GUIDE
  • PERSONAL EXPENSES
  • DRINKS

Notes:

  • Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and assist to meet with your tour guide around 07:45 – 08:20 according to your hotel location
  • At the end of the tour, participants will be dropped off to their hotels. Please inform your tour guide if you prefer to return by yourself
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays & replaced with Basilica Cistern
  • Cafer Aga Medresh is closed on Mondays
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays & replaced with Spice Bazaar
  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays & replaced with Basilica Cistern
  • This is a walking tour
  • We will take a break for lunch after Caferaga Medresesi

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