Byzantine / Ottoman Relics – Visits of the ;
Hippodrome: the former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Wilhelm II.
Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets.
St.Sophia: The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times; one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. Is has been nominated to be the 8th wonder of the world by many historians.
Topkapi Palace Museum incl. The Treasury section: The former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the Royal Family.
On Mondays, the Saint Sophia is closed and replaced by the Underground Cistern
On Tuesdays, the Topkapi Palace is closed and replaced by the Museum of Islamic Art
Imperial Tour – Visits of the ;
Archaeological Museum: The very rich collection of classical antiquities in the Arhaeological Museum includes the celebrated Alexander Sarcophagus and the Athena Temple from Assos.
Underground Cistern: Justinian built the cistern in the 6th century. It is 70 meters wide and 140 meters long. With a capacity of 80,000 cu., of water. The cistern is supported by 336 beautiful columns two of which are carved with the head of Medusa on the Plinth.
Islamic and Arts Museum: The former palace of Ibrahim Pasha, it now exhibits an extensive collection of nomadic art and ethnography, providing a rich glimpse into the traditional Turkish lifestyle.
Suleymaniye Imperial Mosque: It was built between 1550 and 1557 by the famous architect Sinan whosewish was to surpass the builders of St.Sophia. Adjoining the mosque were theological schools, a school of medicine, a soup kitchen and hospice for the poor, a caravanserai and a Turkish Bath.
Grand Bazaar: In addition to its historical importance, it’s a bazaar that will tempt even the nonshoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs.
On Mondays Arhaeological Museum and Islamic Art Museum is closed and replaced by the Topkapi Palace
On Sundays, the Grand Bazaar is closed
Monumental Contantinople & Marvels of Ottoman – Visits of the :
Dolmabahce Palace: Built in the mid-19th century by Sultan Abdülmecit, it Pavillon, where birdsfrom all over the world were once kept is unique to this palace. Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, died here on November 10, 1938
Chora Church (Kariye Museum): The 11th-century of “St.Saviour” in Chora is after St.Sophia, the most important Byzantine monument in Istanbul. A beautiful example of the beginning of Byzantine renaissance with its mosaics and frescoes depicting the scenes from the lives of the mother of god and Christ. The church is a remarkable museum of Byzantine art that influenced the European Renaissance.
Eyup Mosque: The holiest mosque of Istanbul dedicated to the memory of Prophet Mohammed’s Standard-Bearer Eyup Ensari.
Behind the mosque, there is the Turbe (Burial
Site) of the standard-bearer, which has the most
beautiful samples Iznic tiles.
Café Pierre Lotti: Wonderful view of Golden Horn and Istanbul. Famous French author Pierre Loti (1850-1923) came to this place and wrote a lot of poems about Istanbul, the Golden Horn and Life in the Harem, here.
On Mondays and Thursdays, the Dolmabahce Palace is closed
On Wednesdays, the Chora Church is closed and replaced by Santa Sophia
Bosphorus / Asia – Visit the Spice Market before the Bosphorus cruise.
Embarking the ferry from Eminonu, you will leisurely sail by the baroque 19th century palaces, the beautiful old wooden houses, Rumeli Hisar and Anadolu Hisar fortresses, sailing under the Bosphorus Bridge.
Sadberkhanim Museum: A charming museum housed in two restored wooden villas. The museum is dedicated to old Turkish arts and handicrafts and includes an archeological section.
Drive to the Asian Side and visit of the viewpoint of Camlica Hill and enjoy the fantastic view over Istanbul while have a Turkish coffee or tea. Drive back to the European side to Ciragan Palace Kempinski.
On Wednesdays, Sadberkhanim Museum is closed and replaced by the Istanbul Modern Museum
• Lunch at the best available restaurants
• Entry fees to the Museums
• Private Professional guidance in English Language
• Private coach with A/C Vehichle
• Parking fees
• %18 VAT
• Given rates are per person
• Full-day tours are starting at 9:00 AM and completed at 6:30 PM
All tours have been posted by TURSAB(Turkish Society of Travel Agencies) licensed travel agencies and tour operators who have replied to the formal TURSAB call of 08.07.2013 for publishing their tours on this website.
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