Half Day Istanbul Tour

If you have just a few hours in Istanbul, then you should not waste your time walking around. Follow your personal guide, and enjoy your time in Istanbul. In this tour you will have options to visit;

 

1-Topkapi Palace was home to all the Ottoman sultans until the reign of Abdulmecid I (1839-1860), a period of nearly four centuries. Over the years the palace complex underwent constant evolution. Some buildings disappeared, destroyed by fire, earthquakes or demolished to make way for new buildings. The palace was therefore not a single massive building in the western tradition, constructed at one go, but an organic structure which was never static, and reflected the styles and tastes of many periods in many independent units with individual functions.

 

2-Hagia Sophia was the church of Holy Wisdom for 916 years and being converted into a mosque became the symbol of Conquest of Constantinople by Turks and served as a mosque for 482 years.And finally Ataturk,the founder of Turkish Republic,converted it into a museum in 1935 and since then Hagia Sophia is the most visited museum in Turkey.

 

3-The Blue Mosque,maybe the most famous mosque in the world.An imazing piece of art and the architecture.

 

4-Basilica Cistern, the biggest cistern of Byzantines,fabulous place..and Bond was there in 1963....yes,From Russia with Love was filmed in Istanbul.

 

5-Turkish Islamic Arts Museum,the only palace which does not belong to the sultan..and now a museum where you can see the finest examples of Turkish Handmade rugs,tiles,woodworks and calligraphy.

 

6-The Grand Bazaar; The bazaar has been an important trading centre since 1461 and its labyrinthine vaults feature two bedestens (domed buildings), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.

 

Tour Duration: About 4 hours

Tour price excludes: Lunch, admissions and other personal expenses.

Tour Price:50 USD per person*

What is included in the price: Guiding services,picking up from your hotel/airport or cruise port and transport to your hotel after the tour(Only European side of the city).

 

*For 4 people.  For larger or smaller groups price will differ.

 

 

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