Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour - Full Day
Meet you at the cruise port of Istanbul, the airport or
your hotel in the morning, for a tour of visiting;
Blue Mosque: Its magnificent series of
domes and semi-domes, its six slender minarets sprouting from
the corners of the mosque, its spacious courtyard, and its
grandiose yet elegant proportions, make the Blue Mosque one
of the architectural marvels of the world.
Hippodrome and Obelisks: The ancient Hippodrome,
the scene of chariot races and the center of Byzantine civil
life, stood in the open space in front of the Blue Mosque.
Haghia Sophia Museum: Haghia Sophia was
built at the command of Emperor Justinian in the years 532
to 537. The courtyard of Haghia Sophia harbors a number of
minor but fascinating Ottoman structures.
After a lunch break we continue the tour visiting;
Topkapi Palace: As the administrative center,
for nearly 400 years, for the Ottoman Empire, which was one
of the greatest empires of the world, Topkapi Palace is certainly
the most important historical site to be visited in Istanbul.
In 1461, less than ten years after the Conquest, Fatih Mehmet
ordered the construction of Topkapi Sarayi a palace that would
be known as Dar-üs Saadet, the "House of Felicity".
Topkapi Sarayi remained the seat of the Ottoman Sultans until
1868, when Abdülmecit I moved to the European-style Dolmabahce
Palace farther up the Bosphorus.
Süleymaniye Mosque: Suleymaniye is without
question one of the greatest works of its architect, Sinan.
Begun in 1550, the mosque was completed in 1557, with two
more years required in order to finish the entire complex.
Grand Bazaar: The Grand Bazaar was built
at the command of Fatih Mehmet shortly after the Conquest.
It contains 4399 shops, 2195 workshops, 497 stalls and 18
At the end of the tour transfer back to the port or your