Istanbul Imperial Tour

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Istanbul Imperial Tour

Explore the old city district with us on a marvelous Morning Tour and explore Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome, Egyptian obelisk, and Grand Bazaar.

Duration:3,5 Hours.
Live Guide:English.
Pick-up Services:Pick-up is available from centrally located hotels. Please ask if pick-up is available for your hotel.

Highlights

  • Blue Mosque: See over 20,000 handmade, blue ceramic Iznik tiles that decorate the interior of the mosque.
  • Take a guided walk through the Old City.
  • Hagia Sophia: The former Greek Orthodox Christian Patriarchal Cathedral, later an Ottoman Imperial Mosque and now a museum (Ayasofya Müzesi).

Full Description

Our tour starts from Hagia Sophia which is one of the marvels of world architecture and was built as a church by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD. With the conquest of Istanbul, was converted into a mosque in 1453, and now serving as a museum. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next, Blue Mosque** will be visited. its name comes from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century, and designed by Mimar Sinan, the greatest of architects of Ottoman Empire. Its six minarets and blue Iznik tiles make this mosque unique. Our next station will be the Hippodrome, the sport center of Byzantium Empire, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. We will also visit the Grand Bazaar which was the commercial heart of the old city with its 4,000 shops.

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Includes

  • Hotel pick-up. (available for centrally located hotels)
  • Professional Guidance in English.
  • Entrance fees.
  • This product only includes the services indicated in the "Included" section.

Meeting point

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning.

Location

Know Before You Go

  • Pick-up time will be sent by email.
  • *On Tuesdays, when Topkapı Palace is closed, this tour is not offered.

Remarks

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