Explore the Old City of Istanbul
Visiting: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome & Grand Bazaar
Duration: 8 hours
When you arrive the port of Istanbul, your private guide will be waiting to lead you to your own luxury vehicle, in which you can relax while having a shore excursion to Istanbul.
Then you will drive to historical peninsula with our tour transportation vehicle. Your first visit will be to Topkapi Palace - A huge walled complex hugging the Bosporus, the former palace of the Ottoman sultans is now a museum with an extraordinary collection of Chinese porcelain, art, artifacts and jewels including the Topkapi Diamond. Our walk begins with the maps in the courtyard where we'll provide an overview of the complex and the Ottoman Empire in general. We'll trace the Ottomans from their origins outside of Istanbul, to their conquering of the city in the 15th century, to their eventual rule of an Empire that rivalled Rome. This three-hour walking seminar takes participants into the palace with a historian to explore the internal workings of the Ottoman court and the political intrigues and architectural accomplishments at the heart of this 400-year empire.
After Topkapi Palace, you will continue to Hagia Sophia â€“ The Emperor Justinian built St.Sophia when Istanbul was Constantinople. It is the model of a lot of mosques here. Then you will visit Blue Mosque - The superb interior is decorated with more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles. After visit to Blue Mosque, you will visit Hippodrome & Grand Bazaar - Today, shop selling the same kind of merchandise tend to be congregated in their own street or in hans as this was originally the Ottoman system. In addition to two bedestens there are also 13 hans in the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy the aroma of spices and the vibrant atmosphere of this market. Learn shopping tis from your guide and them mingle with the local and practise your best bargaining skills.
After all the visits, you will turn back to port of Istanbul in your luxury vehicle. You will find yourself planning when you can come back to this city this fabulous city again.