Private Shore Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar

Private Shore Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar
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$70
Duration: 8 hours
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Description

The tour will start with the visit of Byzantine Hippodrome. The next monument is the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed or “Blue Mosque”. The Church of the Holy Wisdom of God is next magnificent destination. Hagia Sophia is a symbol of the city and a very important monument that is a pole of attraction not only for those seeking religious tourism. Next visit the Topkapi Palace. Next and last visit is the exotic Grand Bazaar. Turkey's largest covered market with 4000 shops offering excellent shopping as beautiful tiles, copper and brassware, apparel made of leather, cotton and wool, meerschaum pipes and all sorts of other things.

Begin your tour with a pickup from your hotel. Your first visit will be to the Byzantine Hippodrome. It had a capacity for 100,000 spectators, while the horse racing and chariot racing that here offered an opulent spectacle. The next monument is the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed or “Blue Mosque”. It is the most beautiful mosque of Istanbul, built upon the order of 20 year old Sultan Ahmed I, whose grave lies inside the mosque. The Church of the Holy Wisdom of God is next magnificent destination. Hagia Sophia is a symbol of the city and a very important monument that is a pole of attraction not only for those seeking religious tourism.

Next, you will visit the Topkapi Palace. Gain insight into this complex of buildings that formed the residence of the Sultans and the women of the Harem for 400 years. There are four main courtyards which contain extensive gardens, pavilions, fountains, royal gates, divans, kitchens, library, mosques and the Harem. Visit the Treasury which houses a glittering collection of jewels, arms and armor, ceramics, imperial costumes and miniatures. It is in the Treasury you will find the famous Spoonmakers Diamond and Topkapi Dagger.

There will be time to stop for lunch at a local restaurant as well (included).

The next and last visit is the exotic Grand Bazaar. Turkey's largest covered market with 4000 shops offering excellent shopping as beautiful tiles, copper and brassware, apparel made of leather, cotton and wool, meerschaum pipes and all sorts of other things.

The tour will start with the visit of Byzantine Hippodrome. The next monument is the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed or “Blue Mosque”. The Church of the Holy Wisdom of God is next magnificent destination. Hagia Sophia is a symbol of the city and a very important monument that is a pole of attraction not only for those seeking religious tourism. Next visit the Topkapi Palace. Next and last visit is the exotic Grand Bazaar. Turkey's largest covered market with 4000 shops offering excellent shopping as beautiful tiles, copper and brassware, apparel made of leather, cotton and wool, meerschaum pipes and all sorts of other things.