Istanbul Classics & Ottoman Relics Tour by Walk

Description

Let us start by introducing you to Istanbul’s most incredible attractions. Our driver will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the tour’s starting point between 07:45 - 08:20 according to your hotel’s location. 

In this tour you will see five of the most important attractions in Istanbul. The morning, starts with a visit to the Topkapi Palace, where you can see amazing treasures and imagine how Sultan's life was. The tour ends with a walk through the Grand Bazaar, where 5000 shops, selling everything: from rugs to lamps, are waiting for you.

At lunch time, we will stop in a cosy and local restaurant so you can enjoy some delicious Turkish food. 

In the afternoon, you will visit the Hippodrome, which was once the social center of Istanbul. The Blue Mosque, with its beautiful hand painted tiles and Hagia Sophia: one of the greatest masterpieces ever built. Then, we walk to Caferaga Medresesi, where you will see the incredible art of Ebru. You will fall in love with Istanbul istantly. 

Inclusions - Exclusions

Includes;
Pick up & drop off from/to your hotel (from Sultanahmet and Taksim Hotels only)
Professional guidance (in English only, please request for other languages)
Entrance fees
Lunch in a local restaurant (Vegetarian option available – drinks are not included)

Excludes;
Personal expenses
Customary tip to driver and tour guide
Anything unless specified being included

Themes

Architecture Tours / History & Archaeology Tours / Market / Bazaar / Museums & Galleries / Palace / Religion

Features

*At the end of tour, participants will be dropped off to their hotels. Please inform your tour guide if you prefer to return by yourself or to spend more time at wherever you are.

Places Visited

Haghia Sophia
Blue Mosque
Hippodrome of Constantinople
Cafer Aga Madrasa

Topkapı Imperial Palace
Grand Covered Bazaar


 

Departure Dates

Everyday / Full Day Tour

Detailed Itinerary

Hagia (St.) Sophia
(Closed on Mondays & replaced with Basilica Cistern)

One of the greatest marvels of architecture, Hagia Sophia was founded as a basilica in the 6th century. Built by the order of Byzantine Emperor Justinianus, St.Sophia was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years; it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After being considered the Patriarchal Basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmed II, The Conqueror, which led to adding the minarets, tombs and fountains.

In 1935 it was turned into a museum by Atataürk, and that’s how it remains nowadays.

Blue Mosque
(Closed on Friday Mornings because of Friday Pray)

Facing Hagia Sophia, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and its unique six minarets, the Blue Mosque was built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. This is the last great imperial mosque of the classical period. The name for which is commonly now known, “Blue Mosque”, comes from the 20.000 marvellous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls.

Hippodrome of Constantinople

It’s a former center of sportive events (chariot races, for example) and political activities of the old city. The Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments that you can find and learn more about while visiting the Hippodrome.

Caferaga Madrasa
(Closed on Mondays)

The Madrasa, a building usually used to teach the theory of İslam, offers several handicraft workshops including the marbling (‘Ebru’) - a popular Turkish art, painting, jewellery, porcelain, calligraphy, Ottoman language, ceramics and stained glass. If you are more into music, you can learn to play: reed flute (‘Ney’), guitar and lute (‘Ud'). Caferaga Medresesi is popular place for both Turkish and foreign artists to study traditional Turkish arts

Lunch will be provided in a cozy local restaurant!

Topkapi Palace
(
Closed on Tuesdays & replaced with Archaeological Museum)

This extraordinary and full of secrets palace, was the residence of the Imperial Ottoman Sultans and the center of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 400 years. The building is a typical example of Ottoman architecture and the rooms exhibit rich collections of porcelains, robes, weapons, shields, armours, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewellery.

(The Treasury and Harem sections are not included in the program and are due to extra entrance fees)

Grand Bazaar 
(Closed on Sunday & replaced with Arasta Bazaar)

One of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 60 streets and 5.000 shops, where you will find in an authentic oriental atmosphere, all kind of gifts, leather clothing, rugs, antiques, jewellery, hand-woven fabrics etc... 

Price

- 60 Euros per person


- %30 discount applies for the children between 3 & 6 years old.
- %100 discount applies for the children between 0 & 2 years old.
* Please contact us for group or any other applicable discounts.

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