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Explore the Imperial highlights of Istanbul, visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque, Fener, Balat, Istanbul City Walls, Iron Church and Orthodox Patriarchate
We begin our tour with a visit to Hagia Sophia, 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. Our 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.We 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.
Next, see the German Fountain, also known as the Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain. It was constructed to commemorate the second anniversary of German Emperor Wilhelm II's visit to Istanbul in 1898. It was built in Germany, then transported piece by piece and assembled in its current site in 1900. The neo-Byzantine style fountain's octagonal dome has eight marble columns, and dome's interior is covered with golden mosaics. Next, we visit Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered bazaar in the world. It was the center of trade and commerce in Istanbul with more than 4000 shops.After Grand Bazaar we will have Lunch.
Lunch : 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
After the lunch, we will visit The Süleymaniye Mosque, the largest and grandest of Istanbul’s imperial mosques. It dates from the 16th century heyday of the Ottoman Empire, and was designed by Sinan, the greatest architect of his day and originator of the Classical Ottoman style of architecture. Of the 2,000 structures Sinan designed, Süleymaniye Mosque and its complex of charitable institutions rank among the most important.
Next, we will continue to visit Fener and Balat Areas located on the shore of the Golden Horn. Fener and Balat are among the oldest neighborhoods of Istanbul and they are famous for their historical colorful houses located in the districts narrow streets. We are certainly sure that you have at least seen a picture from Balat once in your lifetime. During the late Ottoman Period and the first years of the Republic, these districts were mostly inhabited by the Armenian and Greek minorities of the city, as a result the Food Culture here is also very diverse and the districts are known for their delicious restaurants. We will make a stop for a small treat of T to taste our famous Traditional Turkish Tea / Turkish Coffee while listening to your guide.
During our visits, we will see the remains of the Istanbul’s City Walls; originally dating from 5 AC the walls largely remained intact until sections began to be dismantled in the 19th century, as the city outgrew its medieval boundaries. Many parts of the walls survived and are still standing today.
Another interesting point of our visit will be Iron Church of St Stephen. It is a Bulgarian Orthodox church and is famous for being made of prefabricated cast iron elements in the neo-Byzantine style. The church belongs to the Bulgarian minority in the city. We will see the Aya Nikola Greek Orthodox Church (Sightseeing) before visiting the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate (Sightseeing) as well as St Hireşdagabet Armenian Ortodox Church (Sightseeing).
Balat is also frequented among auctioneers where relics of the pasts change ownership in open auctions and Antique shop. Antique Hunters loves to wander through these parts of the city, as one might never know what unknown values you may encounter here. At the end of the tour, we will drive back to the hotel.
(This tour is available with minimum 2 participants)
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• Hagia Sophia
• Blue Mosque
• Hippodrome Square
• German Fountain
• Grand Bazaar
• Suleymaniye Mosque
• Fener and Balat Area
• Bulgarian Iron Church
• Fener Orthodox Patriarchate
• Traditional Turkish Tea / Turkish Coffee Treat
• Entrance fees mentioned on the itinerary
• Professional Guidance
• Free pick up and drop off service from your hotel
• Traditional Turkish Tea / Turkish Coffee Treat
• Transportation with A/C vehicles
• Donations for all religious visits
• TURSAB insurance, which covers the costs of services accepted and committed by the travel agency
• Drinks at lunch
• Optional Gratuities
• We kindly ask you to be ready in the lobby of your hotel 5 minutes before your definite pick up time.
• This tour is available with minimum 2 participants
• Blue Mosque is visited from outside on Friday mornings until 13:00 because of noon-pray
• On Sundays we visit Nuruosmaniye Street around Grand Bazaar since Grand Bazaar is closed
• We do not recommend this tour for the persons having walking difficulty.
• No advance payment
• You can do the payment during the tour cash to your Guide