Byzantine & Ottoman relics Full day tour
This private Istanbul tour (or Istanbul shore excursion if you are a cruise passenger) visits Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar in the old town of Istanbul. It can be the best tour option for first-time visitors.
Depart from your hotel, cruise ship or airport for an overview of the city of Istanbul which was the capital to two major Empires. Drive over Galata Bridge to the old town which was once known as Constantinople, continue to the Hippodrome, the center of activities during the Byzantine era and Ottoman Empire time for four hundred years. Here the chariots thundered the skies and grounds had been the scene to countless military and political dramas. See the Constantine Obelisk, the Serpentine Column which was a memorial was brouıght from Greece and Egyptian Obelisk which was once located at the Karnak Temple in Luxor. Enter to the Blue Mosque (The Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I), world-renowned for the thousands of blue glazed tiles covering the walls. See the grandeur of a 17th Century old masterpiece. Later walk to St.Sophia Museum which was a mighty church at the center of Byzantine Constantinople. The building dates back to 535 AD and was built by Emperor Justinian. It was converted to a Mosque in 1452 and crowned with minarets. Today it is a museum carrying the signs of both faiths. See the largest cupola and fine Byzantine mosaics of the Church.
After lunch proceed to Topkapi Palace, a huge walled complex hugging the Bosphorus. Built in 1468 by Mehmet the Conqueror, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans is now a museum that houses the artifacts dating back six centuries. The extraordinary collection includes the imperial treasury, weapons, calligraphy, Chinese porcelain, art, artifacts and jewels. Finally, you will be taken to the Grand Covered Bazaar, a bargain-hunters paradise with its tantalizing maze of nearly 4000. The narrow alleys are filled with shops offering jewelry, carpets, leatherware, copper goods, spices, herbs and more. This promises to be one of the most rewarding shopping experiences of your entire cruise. Afterward, return to your hotel, cruise ship or airport to relive your memories of an unforgettable day in one of the world’s most exotic cities
About Half day Highlights of Istanbul tour
The old town, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar
8 hours / 09:00 - 17:00
Blue Mosque is closed on Friday, Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday, Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesday, Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday
We work with qualified tour guides, not ordinary. They are all expert storytellers. They enchant you with true history, not with hearsay legends. Would you like to feel yourself as a local, not a tourist, in Istanbul? If your answer is yes, our guides will be happy to be at your service. Meanwhile, all of our guides and our agency have a license from the Ministry of Tourism.
If this is not the Istanbul tour or Istanbul shore tour you are looking for, let's design a tailor-made program for you. We will gladly design your private Istanbul tour from 1 person to 100 people.
Would you like to combine your Istanbul tour with a private Istanbul airport transfer?
Prometheus Tour combine your Istanbul tour with an airport pick up and drop off. We can arrange you Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) transfer service