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Istanbul; the capital of cultures, a city not only uniting the Asia with Europe but also East with West, old with new, tradition with modern, talisman with knowledge, magnificence with modesty, dogma with pragmatism, universal with locals...
 
 
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Leaving the port, travel over the Golden Horn to the ancient side of Istanbul through the crowded business section reaching the ancient Hippodrome that was for 1,000 years, the center of Byzantium's' life and afterwards for another 400 years Ottoman life. The Hippodrome was the scene of countless political and military dramas, including rival chariot races. The main monument left today is the impressive granite obelisk, carved in Egypt around 1,500 BC and brought to Constantinople in 390 AD.

The Blue Mosque, right at the edge of the Hippodrome, also called the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed, is a triumph of harmony, proportion, elegance and the only mosque in the world with six minarets. Part of the breathtaking interior is the stained-glass windows creating a marvelous colored effect and the graceful arabesques decorating the mighty dome and series of small domes.

The highlight of the tour will be Topkapi Palace (Harem section excluded). Topkapi Palace is a great walled complex hugging the shores of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn and it was once the residence of Ottoman Sultans. Mehmet II built the palace-city, home for three centuries of Sultans, in the mid-1400s as a summer palace. Topkapi was enlarged by Suleyman the Magnificent into the Sultan's principal residence and with the successive Sultans grew into a great complex of buildings set in lovely gardens. A series of courtyards connect various buildings which now house an astonishing collection of Chinese porcelain, treasures, the celebrated Topkapi Diamond and much more.

Then, you will have a spectacular lunch at Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski overlooking the Bosphorus Strait. Shipping traffic here is as varied as it is interesting, and the Strait's sparkling water is a beautiful distraction.

After lunch, you will visit the famous Hagia Sophia, which is across from the Blue Mosque requiring a few minutes of walking. Hagia Sophia Museum, originating in 326 under Constantine the Great, became Hagia Sophia and was rebuilt on a larger scale during the reign of Emperor Justinian. His intention was that the new building should surpass in splendor all others in antiquity. Marble columns were brought in from temples in minor Asia, Lebanon, Greece and Italy. It is said that 10,000 workers were employed in its construction. Hagia Sophia Museum was formerly known as the Church of Hagia Sophia (Divine Wisdom). In 1934 Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, had Hagia Sophia converted into a museum. Today, the museum is the most important Byzantine Monument in Istanbul, famous for its immense dome and beautiful frescoes and mosaics.

Enjoy an orientation drive which will reveal Istanbul's connections to Europe and Asia.

The Grand Bazaar is one of the most colorful sites of Istanbul; this Bazaar is composed of two sections namely the covered part and the modern part. The covered part is a whole quarter on its own, surrounded by a wall and entered through eleven gates. The maze of streets and lanes are one of the greatest sights in the city, where various trades such as carpets, jewellery, leather goods, silver; varieties of souvenirs, textile, antiques, and home textile are segregated into particular sections of the bazaar. You will have the chance to explore the exotic atmosphere of the covered part for a brief period of time. You will also have the opportunity to visit the open and modern section of the Grand Bazaar which offers the best artworks and reliable shopping to your disposal.

 

Duration
Approx Duration: 8 hour(s) 45 minute(s)


Rates
Current Price: 145$ pp for minimum 4 guests
 

Includes
* Professional licensed tour guide
* All entrance fees
* Private air-conditioned transportation
* VAT


Excludes
* The lunch in Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski is not included in the rate.
 

Notes
* As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
* Group Tour: Please contact us for your group requests.
* The program can also be completed in 2 days according to your preference.


Sites to Visit
Hippodrome
Blue Mosque
Topkapi Palace
Lunch at Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski overlooking the Bosphorus Strait (is not included in rate)
Hagia Sophia
Grand Bazaar


Shore Excursion Points of Distinction
* Professional English-speaking experts to guide you through your journey.
* Peace of mind in knowing that your excursions are monitored by our staff.
* A staff of experienced, excursion specialists expertly plans each tour and is dedicated to maximizing your time in each port.
* Travel with premier, licensed and insured, best available, climate controlled luxury transportation.


Remarks
* Guests must be able to walk approximately 1-1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 40 to 65 steps thus the
   guests must be cautious to watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
* Comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen are strongly recommended.
* Please expect dense traffic conditions in Istanbul.
* The order of the sites visited may change to avoid the crowds.
* Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; we recommend that you drink a lot of water and use suitable sun
   protection.

   
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