Pick up from your hotel early morning between 08:00 - 08:30 to our meeting point. First, we will visit St. Sophia and we walk to Blue Mosque. After visiting and getting information about it, then we have a walk-in tour at Hippodrome square where our minibus waiting for us. From there, we will drive to Grand Bazaar to spend some time to see the biggest historical shopping center in the world. After that, we will drive back to our meeting point again. This half day tour concludes in Sultanahmet Square app. 13:00-13:30.
- Pick-up and Drop off from your hotel;
- St. Sophia is closed on Monday, replace with “Chore Church”
- Free for ages of 0 - 2
- %30 discount for children below the age of 7 years old
- Tour fees includes ground transportation, guidance, entrance fees.
St. Sophia; This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks and Sultan Mehmed II ordered the building to be converted into a mosque. The bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over. The Islamic features such as the mihrab, the minbar, and the four minarets outside — were added over the course of its history under the Ottomans. It remained as a mosque until 1935, when it was converted into a museum by the Republic of Turkey.
Blue Mosque; Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior of blue Iznik tiles. It was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul.
Hippodrome; The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the German Fountain Of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk Of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column Of Constantine.
Grand Bazaar (Covered Market); In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx ware and meerschaum pipers