TOUR 3: The Legacy of Istanbul
FULL DAY TOUR This is a combination of Tours 1 & 2 with a complimentary lunch at a typical Turkish restaurant.

MORNING

Hippodrome

The Hippodrome has been a center for sports and entertainment in the old Constantinople, the Roman capital; as well as a very important political center for politics, as sports and politics were closely knit in these times. No wonder that the Hippodrome has been a starting point for revolts and political movements throughout history. Echoes of cries by slaves riding chariots in ferocious races; and the passionate words of intellectuals and poets that lit the flame of public movements are still reminiscent, to those with a powerful imagination.

Ayasofya / The Haghia Sophia

The "Shrine of Holy Wisdom", the marvelous Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century Marks the true beginning of the golden age of Justinianus, the conqueror of Africa and Italy, who achieved lasting fame through the complete revision of all Roman law, resulting in what is known today as the Corpus Juris Civilis.

The domed construction of the sanctuary is an architectural innovation; and was so richly and artistically decorated that Justinian proclaimed, "Solomon, I have outdone thee!". Mankind would have to wait millennia before being able to built a cathedral that would surpass the gigantic size of Haghia Sophia. It was converted into a Mosque following the Ottoman conquest of the city, by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1453; as the young Sultan fulfilled a divine premonition by the Holy Prophet Mohammad himself.

In 1935 the building was converted into a museum, by the executive order of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey.

Grand Bazaar

The largest and the most attractive covered bazaar in the world; where people have been trading diamonds, carpets, food, perfumes, and, even gossip for centuries! Tour also includes a short demonstration of Turkish rugs.

Sultan Ahmet Camii / The Blue Mosque

It was the dying wish of Sultan Ahmet, who perished at a young age ın the 17th century, due to a disease, to finish the mosque so that his name would live forever. It is called the Blue Mosque by visitors who fell in the love wıth the delicate designs of Ottoman tiles that decorate the walls of the shrine. The floral patterns of the tiles, as well as the well-lit, capacious internal spaces are a testimonial of the eternity of the soul.

Lunch will be served a at a local restaurant.

AFTERNOON

Topkapi Palace

The Topkapi Palace had been the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th century. Its design, initially devised by Sultan Mehmed himself and then enhanced by Sinan, hides clues of both the rituals and the structure of Ottoman hierarchy and the running of state affairs.Home to the imperial treasury and the cabinet, as well as being the site of the barracks for the Janissaries, the elite of the army, every corner of the palace tells of the splendor of the Ottomans.

Apart from the priceless treasury, a distinguished collection of Chinese porcelains, holy relics, sultan's costumes and imperial weaponry are exhibited in different sections of the palace.

Rustem Pasha Mosque

A 16th century Ottoman Mosque, which was built in the name of the treasurer and the son-in-law of Suleiman the Magnificient, before he fell out of the Sultan's favor and removed from service.

It is known to host the best examples of handmade Iznik tiles, in both interior and exterior walls; and, of course, it is seated on a complex of shops, which will give you a taste of the city's vivid local colors.

PRICES

Per person: 80 €

Prices do not include 18 % V.A.T.

INCLUDES

  • • Transportation by air conditioned vehicles.
  • • Fully escorted by an English speaking tour guide.
  • • Admission fees, Lunch
  • EXCLUDES

    • Drinks and all personal expenses.

    PLEASE NOTE

    Please note that St. Sophia is closed on Mondays replaced by the 6th century Basilica Cistern, which provided water to the ancient city. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • • Cancellation can be done a night before for half day morning and full day tours in Istanbul and 4 hours prior to afternoon tour avoid penalty, otherwise full tour rate will be charged.
  • • Children 11 and younger receive 50% discount.
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