This Istanbul tour starts with a visit to the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque) which is one of the landmarks and main tourist attractions of Istanbul; we then continue to the Topkapi Palace, the imperial lodge of Ottoman Sultans and the administrative center of the Empire for approximately 400 years. After lunch we take the tram to go to the breathtaking Suleymaniye Mosque (The mosque of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificient) giving visitors the opportunity to discover the Turkish and Islamic craftsmenship in addition to marvellous Ottoman engineering. We finalize the tour at the famous Grand Bazaar.
Popularly known as the Blue Mosque for its blue Iznik tilework (21.043 tiles!) decorating its interior walls, is unique in the Islamic world with its six graceful minarets and is one of the most famous religious buildings in the world. The Blue Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I (14th Sultan of the dynasty) and constructed between 1609-1617.
Located in the Sultanahmet Square, the museum was built as a palace of Ibrahim Pasha, the first grand vizier of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificient. Museum exhibits over 40.000 items in chronological order and is particularly famous for its collection of rugs which range from 13th century Seljuk fragments to the palatial Persian silks.
Built on the order of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, shortly after the conquest of Constantinople and this majestic palace served as the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years. Today serving as a museum, this palace host priceless pieces of art and imperial treasury items as well as sacred items of Islam. A must see!
Suleymaniye Mosque is a former Ottoman imperial building that is also the largest mosque in Istanbul that can be seen from almost all old parts of Istanbul and it is one of the greatest structures that dominate the famous silhouette of Istanbul. Built between 1550-1557 by the Ottomans’ favourite architect, Mimar (architect) Sinan, and Sinan mentioned in his autobiography that Suleymaniye Mosque is his second most important work of his career. The mosque itself is a miracle of acoustical engineering.
The city’s most famous shopping centre is the world’s one of the largest bazaars of its kind with a labyrinth of more than 60 covered streets and 4.000 shops. The Grand Bazaar Istanbul attracts between 250.000 and 400.000 visitors daily. No visit to Istanbul can be complete without visiting the Grand Bazaar!
This tour includes a visit to an active mosque, your tour guide will adjust visiting time due to call to prayer times. Thus the order of the itinerary may vary. Shoes must be removed and shoulders and legs must be covered during the mosque visit. This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems. Wheelchairs are not able to enter inside the mosque.
Visit the major Byzantine Highlights of Istanbul; Hagia Sophia Museum, the peak Byzantine of mosaic art; Chora Church (Kariye Museum), the Great Palace Mosaic Museum famous with 6th century mosaics, the Underground Cistern and the remaining monuments of the Hippodrome of Constantinople.
Visit the Top 5 popular Istanbul attractions in 1 day. Explore Istanbul’s Old City classics; Topkapi Palace Museum, the Hippodrome Monuments (Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column & Constantine’s Column), Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) Museum, The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque), the Grand Bazaar.
See Istanbul from difference angles. Visit 19th century Dolmabahce Palace, Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar), Rustem Pasha Mosque, get a 360 degrees look at old and new Istanbul from the Galata Tower, walk over the picturesque Galata bridge, and see Istanbul from the sea while on the Bosphorus Cruise tour.