General

Istanbul Shorex 8 Hours

Tour Summary: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Lunch.

Departure Days: All year around

Language: English-speaking *Please request for other languages

Mobility: Difficult – uneven surfaces

 

Tour 9.1: Private Full Day Old City Tour

Our Private tours start from port & finish at port.  You will be welcomed by your lecturer/guide who will be holding a signbearing ‘your names’  at port anytime you want. 

Hippodrome: Where used to take place for chariot races and the Byzantine riots during Roman & Byzantine period. 

Blue Mosque:  One of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles. 

Hagia Sophia: Now a museum, Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, and was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Take a moment to linger here to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics. Next is a break for lunch. We are happy to make arrangements for a typical Turkish meal. 

Topkapi Palace: The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. 

Grand Bazaar: In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets.

 

Highlights

  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Hippodrome

Available departures

All year around

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Includings

  • Services of an English-speaking professional private tour guide.
  • Transportation by deluxe A/C minivan throughout the program.
  • All entrance and parking fees for the sightseeing mentioned in the program.
  • Lunches

Excludings

  • Honorary gratuities for the guide and driver.
  • Personal expenses.