Istanbul Highlights City Tour Full Day

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Departure at 8am. We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia *. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next we visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, 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.

The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

Our tour is continued at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire.

Dating back to 4th century, the Hagia Irene (Aya Irini in Turkish), formerly church, now a museum and a center cultural activities and exhibitions, is situated inside the 1st court of the Topkapi Palace.  Hagia Irene also called as “St. Eirene” or “St.Irene’s” Church. It is one of the oldest Byzantium churches in Istanbul, was the 2nd largest church of the Eastern Roman Empire after Hagia Sophia.

Last but by no means least, we visit the Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest “souk” in the world  with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.

Private Tour Rates
Person(s) Private Tour Price Adult Price Child 3-7.99 Price Child 0-2.99 Private tour days
2 131 EUR per P. 50 EUR Free Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun
3 92 EUR per P. 50 EUR Free Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun
4 78 EUR per P. 50 EUR Free Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun
5 70 EUR per P. 50 EUR Free Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun
6 65 EUR per P. 50 EUR Free Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun
7 60 EUR per P. 50 EUR Free Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun
8+ 57 EUR per P. 50 EUR Free Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun
Regular Tour Rates
Person(s) Regular Tour Price Adult Price Child 3-7.99 Price Child 0-2.99 Regular tour days
per Person 70 EUR 50 EUR Free Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun

Services and important details

> Hotel pickup and drop off
> Transportation in comfortable, non-smoking, air-conditioned bus
> Lunch
> All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
> English speaking professional licenced guide
> Drinks
> Personal expenses
> Photos and Videos
> Gratuities (optional)
> This tour is all year round available
> Confirmation will be received at time of booking or within latest in 24 hours
> The pick-up time is approx. 08:0
> Duration approx. 8 hours
> Guests must call 24 hours in advance for pick up times
> Offered as Private and Regular Tour
> Not wheelchair accessible
> Sultanahmet Mosque visit is not possible on Friday due to Friday Prayer
> If Grand Bazaar closed on Sunday will replaced with Arasta Bazaar
> At Topkapi Palace are Harem not included in the program and visit is due to extra entrance fee
> If Sultans Tombs closed on Monday, replaced with Little Hagia Sophia Mosque
> If due to technical issues cable car doesn’t operate Golfn Travel can not be held responsible
> Infants must sit on laps
> Regular tour can have several breaks for shopping with local handicraft productions centers.

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