Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Full Day Tour

Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Full Day Tour

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Get to know the Byzantine and Ottoman relics in Istanbul. Itinerary/Highlights - Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. - Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 - minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. - Hippodrome, center of sporting events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. The Serpentine Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. - Grand Covered Bazaar, the most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. - Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Your guide will give you free time to go around the palace. - Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. Includes - A/C transportation - Guidance in multiple languages - Entrance fees - Lunch Excludes - Drinks during lunch - Tips and gratuities - Optional activity costs - Personal expenses Please Note - Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. It will be replaced with a visit to the Underground Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici). - Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with a tour of Byzantium. - The Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays, during the Ramadan Bayrami and the Kurban Bayrami, and will be replaced by other authentic shops. - Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request. - Harem section of the Topkapi Palace is not included in the program. You may visit it if you wish during the free time your guide will give you. Entrance fee to be paid on the spot. - Children 2 years old and below are free of charge. - Other languages are available with an extra fee upon request. - The pick-up service via shuttle bus takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. - Those who stay in hotels out of the city center can be transferred to their hotels with an extra fee upon request. - Cancellation or change of date is not allowed. All sales are final and non-refundable.
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