May 2, 2024
Azamara Cruise ship from Galata port
Private guided tour to old city Istanbul. On this guided walking tour that brings you to some of the capital's best-preserved history. Your journey begins with a visit to the Great Palace Mosaic Museum, where you'll see sixth-century mosaic floors that were once part of Constantine's Palace.
Then, follow your guide to Hipodrom. then continue to visit Blue mosque, Hagia sophia, Topkapi Palace and great Grand bazaar
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08:30 AM Pick up you from Galata port
Following a short private bus drive to the old city Istanbul and visit,
Hagia Sophia (Can be visited as a mosque since 2019)
One of the greatest marvels of architecture, Hagia Sophia was founded as a basilica in the 6th century.
Built by the order of Byzantine Emperor Justinianus, St.Sophia was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years; it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture.
After being considered the Patriarchal Basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmed II, The Conqueror, which led to adding the minarets, tombs and fountains.
In 1935 it was turned into a museum by Ataturk, and in 2019 it was turned into a mosque again.
Blue Mosque( Closed on Friday Mornings because of Friday Pray )
Facing Hagia Sophia, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and its unique six minarets, the Blue Mosque was built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. This is the last great imperial mosque of the classical period.
The name for which is commonly now known, “Blue Mosque”, comes from the 20.000 marvellous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls.
Hippodrome and Obelisks
It’s a former center of sportive events (chariot races, for example) and political activities of the old city. The Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments that you can find and learn more about while visiting the Hippodrome.
Grand Covered Bazaar( Closed on Sundays, replaced with Arasta Bazaar)
In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers,
Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes
Topkapi Palace( Closed on Tuesdays, replaced with Basilica Cistern)
This extraordinary and, full of secrets, palace was the residence of the Imperial Ottoman Sultans and the center of the Ottoman Empire for nearly 400 years.
The building is a typical example of Ottoman architecture and the rooms exhibit rich collections of porcelains, robes, weapons, shields, armours, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewellery
The Treasury and Harem sections are not included in the program and are due to extra entrance fees)
After the tour we will transfer you to your HOTEL in ISTANBUL
Pick up from Azamara cruise ship in Galata port.
Drop off to your Hotel in Istanbul
Transportation by A/C No smoking minibus
Professional Tourist Guide
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