Explore Istanbul – the historical and economical center of Turkey - on a full-day tour of Ottoman and Byzantine historical structures of the city. Visit the Blue Mosque, the historic Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, and the lively Grand Bazaar.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you to the Hippodrome, former center of all sports and political activities in Constantinople. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain of Wilhelm II.
After seeing the Hippodrome, continue to the exquisite Blue Mosque which is one of the largest mosques in Istanbul. The 17th-century architecture is one of the principal adornments of Istanbul's skyline and most notable for its blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets.
After you have seen the Blue Mosque, carry on the tour with a visit to Topkapi Palace, a former imperial residence from where the Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today it’s a spectacular museum, with one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain.
Adventure the former church of St. Sophia, also known as the Hagia Sophia, and admire the fusion of Christianity and Islam as well as the magnificent Byzantine and Ottoman architecture.
End the tour at the Grand Bazaar which is one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. It has been in business since the 15th-century and is a must-go to buy souvenirs such as carpets, antiques, trinkets, and bowls of nazar evil eye amulets. After the tour is complete, your guide take you back to your hotel.