(Closed on Mondays & replaced with Basilica Cistern)
From the Golden Age of Byzantine, this once Christian church is one of the the most extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture. It played a very important role in the Byzantine Empire and later as a mosque in the Ottoman Empire.The word “Hagia” in Greek means “Divine” and “Sophia” means “Wisdom”. “Divine Wisdom” is one of the attributes of Jesus Christ and this church is devoted to his divine wisdom.
(Closed on Friday Mornings Because of the Friday Prayer)
The Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of Istanbul, especially when viewed from the First Hill or from the Asian shore of the Sea of Marmara. It is very impressive with its beautiful domes and semidomes, nice courtyards and six slender minarets.
Hippodrome of Constantinople
The square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the ancient “Hippodrome”, one of the most famous areas in Byzantine.
Grand Covered Bazaar
The oldest and the largest covered market place in the world is situated in the center of the city. After visiting the Grand Bazaar, there will be optional shopping opportunity before having lunch at our restaurant.
Topkapı Imperial Palace
(Closed on Sundays & replaced with Spice Bazaar)
Topkapi Palace was more than just the private residence of the Sultan and his court. It was the seat of the supreme executive and judiciary council, the Divan and the training school.
Cafer Aga Madrasa (Closed on Mondays);
The Madrasa has more than a dozen handicraft courses on offer including the popular Turkish art of marbling (‘Ebru’), painting, jewelry, porcelain, calligraphy, Ottoman language, ceramics and stained glass. Its musical workshops include reed flute (‘Ney’), guitar and leed (‘Ud’). Caferaga Medresesi has become a popular place for both Turkish and foreign artists to study traditional Turkish arts and all are welcome to attend the workshops.
- Pick up & drop off from/to your hotel (only from Sultanahmet and Taksim Hotels)
- Professional guidance (in English only, please ask for other languages)
- Entrance fees
- Personal expenses
- Customary tip to driver and tour guide
- Anythink unless specified being included
*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.