Mihrimah Sultan Mosque

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Istanbul: Old City Tour, Bosphorus Cruise, Cable Car & Lunch

1. Istanbul: Old City Tour, Bosphorus Cruise, Cable Car & Lunch

Explore Istanbul on this coach tour of the Old City. See sights like the Eyup Sultan Mosque and the Hippodrome. Learn about Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque on a guided tour. Sit down to a tasty lunch and sail on the Bosporus. Soak up the views from Pierre Loti Hill and ride a cable car.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from centrally-located hotels in Istanbul. Sit back and relax in an airconditioned coach with plenty of space on your way to the departure point. Meet your local guide and head to the Old City to visit the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque. Learn about this 6th century building that was constructed by the emperor Justinian as a Greek Orthodox Church. Hear about how the the Hagia Sophia has transformed over time and how it was the largest church in the world for a 1,000 years. Continue to the Blue Mosque to admire its 20,000 blue Iznık ceramic tiles and its 6 towering minarets. Find out how it was built for Sultan Ahmet I and how it was the last great mosque of the Classical period. Make your way to the the sporting and social center of ancient Constantinople at the Hippodrome. View the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Bronze Serpentine Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius, and the Column of Constantine. Discover the Tombs of Sultans, the final resting place of 5 Sultans and 142 members of the Ottoman dynasty. Visit the fountain of Sultan Ahmet III which is in front of the Imperial Gate of the Topkapı Palace. See the Perayton, an older Byzantine fountain with a Turkish rococo structure. Take as stroll through the Grand Covered Bazaar, the oldest and biggest covered market in the world. Get lost in 65 streets with more than 4000 shops. Have some free time to haggle before sitting down to a delicious lunch. Take in the city sights from the sea on a Bosphorus cruise. Capture pictures of of the Golden Horn, the Topkapı palace, the Dolma Bahçe palace, the Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Maiden’s tower, Galata tower, the Blue mosque, Ortakoy mosque. Gaze out at the bridges connecting Europe and Asia. Board the coach and pass by historical wooden houses, churches, synagogues, mosques, and the remains of the Roman Wall. Visit the Eyup Sultan Mosque and see the Abu Eyup Alansari Tomb (Abu Ayyub al-Ansari was the standard bearer and companion of Muhammad). Ascend the Pierre Loti Hill by bus and snap some photos of sweeping views of the Golden Horn. Marvel at city views as you descend the hill on a cable car ride. Return to your accommodation by coach at the end of your tour.

Istanbul's Fatih District: 3-Hour Tour with Entrance Fees

2. Istanbul's Fatih District: 3-Hour Tour with Entrance Fees

The story of Mehmet II, the Ottoman Sultan known as the Conqueror, in inextricably linked with Istanbul’s Fatih district. When he conquered the city of Constantinople, he was just 21 years old! On this 3-hour tour your guide will tell you what was behind his success. Surely his ability to speak 6 languages fluently was a factor. You’ll explore the large Fatih complex, and admire the Roman columns, Byzantine churches, Gothic cisterns, and large mosques. See the Aqueduct of Valens, the Yavuz Selim Mosque, and the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque. Your guide’s commentary will bring to life the amazing world of the Ottoman Sultans. Visit Casaba Paxar, the most interesting, the liveliest, and the most colorful of Istanbul's street bazaars.

Istanbul: Hidden Spots & Mihrimah Sultan Mosque Day Trip

3. Istanbul: Hidden Spots & Mihrimah Sultan Mosque Day Trip

The first stop of the day is Nakibent Cistern, a beautifully preserved sixth-century Byzantine cistern hidden underneath a carpet shop! Explore this ancient water tank and marvel at marble columns, brick arches, and expansive space. Next, you’ll head to Binbirdirek Cistern, the second-largest underground cistern in Istanbul – it is estimated to hold up to 40,000 cubic meters of water! Learn about the history of this 1,600+-year-old cistern, including how it was continually rediscovered over time. Then you’ll make your way to the Million Stone, which is the last remaining stone of the 4th-century triumphal gate that served as the Byzantine zero-mile marker. This gate was considered the origin of all roads leading to the European cities of the Byzantine Empire After listening to the history of the Million Stone, you’ll head to the next stop, the Yedikule Dungeons Museum. Also known as the Yedikule Fortress, this fortified historic structure was once home to a notorious royal dungeon that housed notable figures throughout its history. Up next is the Palace of Porphyrogenitus. Also known as Tekfur Palace, this well-preserved structure was originally built as an annex to the Blachernae Palace in the late thirteenth century. Marvel at one of the best-preserved Byzantine palaces still standing in the city before heading to our last stop, Mihrimah Mosque. While not as popular as Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, Mihrimah Mosque is no less stunning it is beauty and design. This 16th-century mosque was commissioned by Mihrimah, the daughter of the sultan, and designed by the imperial architect, Mimar Sinan. Rumor has it that Mimar was desperately infatuated with Mihrimah and built the mosque to symbolize his love for her.

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What people are saying about Mihrimah Sultan Mosque

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 7 reviews

I had no idea and the tour ended up being a private tour, and my guide Baki, he was the best, he explained to me everything and answer any question I had without problems! It was awesome having him with me during the day because he would show me everything and explained many many things and he always let it be my choice for the things to do first or later. It was absolutely worth it!

Was a good and informative tour. Our guide was very kind. This is a very walking tour so get ready. My group enjoyed leather factory alot and we bought really nice things there. All listed here are done in 100% by the company. Moreover they brought us to a very famous brand sweet shop which was really nice acting from their side. My group enjoyed this tour alot.

This tour can only be recommended :-) Our guide Tolgu was very, very funny, answered every question, responded to every single one, was helpful and fulfilled every little wish! :-) Gladly again at any time!!

Enjoyed the highlights of Istanbul.Tour guide was informative and friendly.

Organized, informative and smooth tour. Will recommend