Pick up from your hotel or the cruise ship port in the morning. Visit ancient Byzantine Hippodrome where once chariots ran and thousands of Byzantines cheered them. Some of the important monuments of the Hippodrome are; Egyptian Obelisk dating back to 16th century B.C, Serpentine Column from 5th century B.C, and the Stone Obelisk erected in 10th century A.D. Then you visit the Blue Mosque built in the 17th century and famous for its six minarets and beautiful Iznik tiles as interior decoration. It’s still in use and is the most important mosque in Istanbul. After that you’ll visit Hagia Sophia, glory of the Byzantine Empire, built in the 6th century as a church and houses magnificent gold-leafed mosaics. The Church was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in the 15th century and then into a museum after the Republic. In the afternoon you’ll visit Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans located on a hilltop dominating the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Today, it’s used as a museum where precious displays such as Sultan’s costumes and treasury can be visited. At the end you’ll visit to world famous Grand Bazaar for your shopping of traditional goods. Transfer back to your hotel or ship at the end of the day.
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