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  3. Grand Bazaar

Istanbul: Best of Istanbul Tour with Lunch and Tickets

Product ID: 311593
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Spend a delightful day on a small group walking tour taking in some of the most interesting sites in the heart of Istanbul. See the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and explore the vibrant Grand Bazaar in a group of no more than 10 people.
About this activity
Duration 7 hours
Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the Roman horse racing track at Hippodrome Square
  • Visit the towering Blue Mosque and admire its beautiful quart tiles
  • Take in the Hagia Sophia with its mosaics and imposing dome
  • Admire the exhibitions and kiosks at Topkapi Palace
  • Experience the visually stimulating Grand Bazaar
Full description
Meet your guide next to German Fountain and head first to the Hippodrome where chariot races were held during the Roman Empire. Next, marvel at the Blue Mosque, built in the early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet I, this is truly a masterpiece of architecture. The blue shade of the 27,000 pieces of Iznik quart tiles give the mosque it’s popular name and six towering minarets give its uniquely recognizable structure.

Continue to Hagia Sophia to see a great blend of Christian and Islamic influences. Built in the 6th century by the emperor Justinian I, the building played a very important role in the Christian and Islamic worlds. After the Ottoman conquest, the bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over to convert the church into a mosque.  

The next stop is at the Topkapi Palace, more than just an imperial residence for Ottoman sultans, it was the seat of the supreme executive and judiciary council for almost 400 years. Topkapi Palace is a great monument of Asian architecture which houses exhibits of art, books, jewels, plates, costumes, and the Holy Relics.

The tour concludes with a visit to the city’s Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with over 4,000 shops. It was constructed in the 15th century and became the commercial hub of the trade between Asia and Europe.
Includes
  • Licensed private guide
  • Entrance tickets to museums
  • Lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Gratuites

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Meeting point

Meeting point is in front of German Fountain where Hippodrome Square starts. Tour guide will hold a sign with our Company Logo and Tour Name. (Small Group Tour: Best of Istanbul) Tour guide can only wait until 9:15am to start the group tour. You are kindly asked to be present at 9:00am on time.

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Product ID: 311593