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Sultan Ahmet, Hagia Sophia, Ayasofya Meydanı, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Welcome to Istanbul, one of the largest and most populated cities in Turkey known for its exotic beauty and wonderful historic monuments. Begin your trip wandering around the beautiful palaces, bazaars and mosques. Even if you have one day in Istanbul, you can still visit all the main attractions Istanbul is famous for. A day in the Old City is a great introduction to Istanbul as you discover the best eateries and dine where the locals do and enjoy the legacy of a city that is surrounded by historic and cultural treasures.
You are requested to arrive at the pick-up point 15 minutes prior to the advised pick up time.
30% discount is offered for children below the age 7 and free for infants.
Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday.
You will be picked up from your hotel at around 07:30-08:30am and driven to the meeting point. After meeting the rest of the group and your tour guide, you will set off for the Byzantine Relics Tour.
We will be visiting the little Hagia Sophia Mosque which is one of the most famous and outstanding monuments of the world. It has a basilica architectural plan which was applied here for the first time in history. It is known as one of the ancient churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century, which was founded by Justinianos, the all-powerful emperor and it has been used as a mosque since 1497.
We will also visit the Byzantine Hippodrome that witnessed big league competition among the teams of Greens and Blues with the most mainstream sport of that era known as Chariot racing. The ancient Hippodrome was the arena of chariot races and it embodies three monuments termed as Obelisk of Theodosius, Bronze serpentine column and German Fountain of Wilhelm II and these are one of the other unquestionably engaging sites that shall be visited.
Our next stop will be the breathtakingly beautiful Blue Mosque which is formerly called as Sultan Ahmet Cami by the Turks and generically referred as Blue Mosque because of its incredible hand-made quartz tiles and a magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. This spectacular mosque was built in the 16th century and it incorporates 6 unique minarets touching to skies.
Right after having lunch we will proceed to the Grand Bazaar which is the primeval and largest Bazaars in the world with more than 4,000 shops and 60 streets selling rugs and kilims, leather, pottery, jewellery, souvenirs, ceramics, carpets and just about everything. This is one of those superb markets in the world that attracts 250,000 to 400,000 visitors a day. Our tour comes to an end as we bid you safe travels and drive you back to your hotel in Istanbul.