Full Day Highlights of Istanbul Old City incl Lunch

Cultural & Theme Tours in Turkey
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Tour description

Discover Istanbul's rich Culture and history with our experienced guides. Skip the Museum Ticket Queues with your guide. Visit Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapı Palace. Lunch included.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Istanbul Pick up from the hotel and join the group. We begin our tour with a visit to Hagia Sophia Museum, which is considered one of the Eight Wonders of the World, occupies a unique place in the history of architectures one of the rare works of this size and age that still survives. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Blue Mosque, IstanbulOur next visit will be The Blue Mosque, which takes its name from the world famous exquisite blue Iznik tiles decorating its interior. Also it is the only imperial mosque in the world that was originally built with six minarets.Note: Blue Mosque is reserved for Prayer on Fridays. On Fridays, we visit the mosque from the exterior.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Hippodrome (At Meydani), IstanbulWe continue to the Hippodrome Square, the sporting and social center of old Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire such as the Egyptian Obelisk, and the Serpent Column.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Kapali Carsi, IstanbulBrief Handicrafts Presentation & Lecture next to the Grand Bazaar. Free time to explore Grand Bazaar on your own. Meeting back and drive to Lunch.Duration: 1 hourStop At: OliveLunch (Beverages under your own expenses)Homemade Olive Oil Marinated Seasonal Vegetables, Traditional Fried Pastry Roll with Cheese "Sigara Beurreck" , Seasonal Garden Greens Salad, Traditional Grilled Meatballs "Kofte" served with rice and boiled Seasonal Vegetables, Seasonal Fresh Fruit Platter*Vegeterian menu is also availableDuration: 1 hour 15 minutesStop At: Haci Besir Aga Camii, IstanbulNext, we visit Hacı Beşir Ağa Mosque. Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Topkapi Palace, IstanbulThen we visit the Topkapı Palace, the residence of early and mid-era Ottoman Sultans. It was principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the center of administration of the Ottoman Empire from 15th to 19th century. During our visit we will see the fabulous Imperial Treasury, the Baghdad Kiosk, Holy Relics and the Kitchen Section including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics. The Harem is also located inside the palace which was forbidden to anyone except the Sultan. Drive back to the hotel at the end of the tour.Note: Harem Section not included on the tourDuration: 1 hour 45 minutes

What's included

  • Professional Licensed Guiding
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Museum Tickets
  • Lunch - Lunch is included in the tour rate. Beverages will be under your own expenses.
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Pick up & Drop Off from centrally located hotels on the European Side
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
  • Entry/Admission - Olive
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

What's not included

  • Visit to the Harem in Topkapi Palace is not included (own expense)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)