TOUR HIGHLIGHT: St Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar.
This tour is only for CRUISE PASSANGERS
DAILY FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR ITINERARY:
Pick up at from Istanbul Cruise Port for the full day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
TOPKAPI PALACE (Entrance isn’t included) The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
Samyeli Travel will then take you to the GRAND SPICE BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After your tour, transfer back to port.
Please Note: Inside the mosques, please cover your shoulders and knees.
Hagia Sophia is open on every day, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays.
We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Samyeli Travel Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing Samyeli Travel.
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