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  1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Suleymaniye Mosque

Istanbul: Off-the-Beaten-Track Museums Tour

Product ID: 168437
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A private and guided tour visiting some of the unique places in the city which are difficult to visit on your own. The tour will take you to the roots of historic Istanbul with a visit to the monuments of Byzantine and Ottoman cultural heritage.
About this activity
Duration 7 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Pick-up included

Your guide is going to meet you at your hotel reception or cruise port.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the Chora Church
  • Visit the Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Drive through Fener and Balat
  • Marvel at the Dolmabahce Palace
Full description
Your first stop will be the Suleymaniye Mosque, which was built on the order of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. The mosque is modeled in part on the style of a Byzantine basilica, particularly the Hagia Sophia, which was perhaps a conscious move on the part of the sultan to create a continuity and a symbolic connection with the city's past.

Driving along the city walls will end at one of the oldest and most important churches in the city, the Church of Chora, which has fascinating wall paintings telling the life of Christ in an historical order. Even though the building itself is small, the meaning was great for Byzantines as being found at the borders of the city and welcoming the visitors. Today the environment is restored and this is a good place to spend time with local artisans and wooden houses.

After the church, you will have a tea and coffee break at one of the most splendid spots of Istanbul, with beautiful views over the Golden Horn and Pierre Loti Hill. Following this you will resuming driving along the shores of the Golden Horn through the towns Fener and Balat, which are the old Greek and Jewish living sites. Fener Orthodox Patriarchate is in this area as well. 

Following lunch, your next destination will be the Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous for the great collection of European antiquity, furniture, and a 4.5 ton chandelier. This will be your last stop, and after this visit you will be driven back to your hotel.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Private professional licensed guide
  • Private transportation
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch and personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
At the time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums, no shorts or sleeveless tops allowed, knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
A small amount of walking is involved
Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
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