According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore Hagia Sophia; Meaning Divine Wisdom, Hagia Sophia was the largest building on earth barring the Egyptian Pyramids or the Great Wall of China. Today’s Hagia Sophia was built by Emperor Justinian in 537AD. It was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period.
It was used as a church for 916 years and as a mosque for 481 years, In 1934, by the order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, it was converted into a museum and has since been open to visitors.
Next, the Underground cistern; is the size of a cathedral; it is 143m long and 65m wide and can hold up to 80,000 cubic meters (or 17.5 million gallons) of water. There are 336 giant columns (mostly Ionic or Corinthian in style) supporting the structure in 12 rows of 28 columns.
Next; Topkapi Palace; As well as being the imperial residence of the Sultan, the palace was also the seat of government for the ottoman empire. It housed the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years until the Dolmabahçe palace was built. In 1924 it was converted into a museum. Today it is famous for a harem, royal treasury, and holy relics sections.
Continue to with Hippodrome; Built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203AD, during the Roman period hippodrome was the civil center for the people of the city where once 100,000 spectators could be held. Located in the heart of Sultanahmet surrounded by Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, today it is home to The Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilitaş), The Serpentine Column(Burma sütun), The Constantine Column, and the German Fountain.
Next, Blue Mosque; Built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in the year 1616, is located opposite the Hagia Sophia. Blue mosque today is one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets and magnificent dome. Although it is officially named Sultanahmet Mosque, the (nıck) name Blue Mosque was given to it by the visitors because of the amazing blue tiles decorating the interior walls.
Next, Grand Bazaar; With 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops, it is one of the greatest bazaars in the world. It was built between 1455-1461 by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror. Today, shops selling the same kind of merchandise tend to be congregated in their own streets or inns as it was in the original Ottoman system.
- What Will You Do- Explore the Historical Peninsula in a unique, personal way
- Be enchanted by the mosaics of Hagia Sophia
- See the priceless treasures of Topkapi palace including HAREM Section
- Visit the biggest underground cistern of Constantinople.
- Experience shopping in the grand bazaar, which has been the center of shopping for centuries
- Walk along the historical hippodrome and see the German Fountain and obelisk
- See the colorful mosaics of the Sultanahmet mosque
- Learn history about Byzantines, Ottomans, and Modern Turks from your expert local guide
- What To Expect- This is a Full-Day private Guided Tour to Sultanahmet historical peninsula
- Visit Highlights of Istanbul such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Harem, Basilica Cistern, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and Grand Bazaar
- Learn the history of Byzantines, Ottomans, Modern Turks from your expert local guide
- Stay at the sites as much as you wish
- Take photos from the best photoshoot points
- What Is Included- Admission fees to attractions
- Professional licensed tour Guide
- All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
- Transfer service from/to Istanbul Port
- Land transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle
- What Is Not Included- Meal and beverage during the tour
- Gratuities to the guide and driver (optional)
- Personal expenses
- Know Before You Go- There will be roughly 3mile walking during the tour
- Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, will be replaced with Underground Cistern
- Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, will be replaced by Arasta Bazaar
- Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays that's why on Friday pray.just will visit from the garden.
- TransfersPick up and Drop off provided from centrally located Istanbul Hotels.
Please suggest your private tour pick up time (8:00 am is the recommend tour starting time)