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|Departure||Pick up from your hotel|
Please note that all of our tours and activities include free pickup and drop off services for all participants. As such, collecting all participants might sometimes take longer than expected causing delays regarding the start and end of our tours. We kindly request all participants be ready for pickup and drop off by the shuttle service in the time frame specified here. Thank you for your cooperation.
|Tour Programme||1. Stop: Sultan Ahmet
2. Stop: Hagia Sofia
3. Stop: Blue Mosque
4. Stop: Hippodrome
5. Stop: Grand Covered Bazaar (Grand Covered Bazaar will be replaced with “Fırça” on afternoon tour)
|What is included?||Hotel pick-up and drop-off services from centrally located hotels by A/C transportations (No transfer back to hotel in morning tour)
Museum entrance fees
English Speaking Professional Guide
|What is not included?||Tips
|What to bring with you?||Comfortable shoes
Money for personal expenses
Istanbul Classics Tour (Old City Tour)
The cultural and historical center of Turkey, Istanbul deserves this title by carrying the historical, beautiful and content-rich Ottoman background. Of course, because of this fact, nearly all of the places in Istanbul is full of ruins that generally contains the characteristics of Ottoman Empire era with their body and soul. Yet, if your time is limited in your Istanbul journey and you want to only focus on the outstanding points of Istanbul, you should add the most popular ones such as Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Obelisk on your list of places to visit in Istanbul.
Local or not, all of the travelers know the popularity of Hagia Sophia, which can be considered as one of the most outstanding points of Istanbul. Located in Sultanahmet district, Hagia Sophia is a hybrid of Byzantine and Ottoman themes by being a Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque successively centuries ago. At our current time, it is a museum with the “World Heritage” approval by UNESCO, and it waits for the tourists who would like to experience the beauty of this architectural marvel.
Without doubt, Blue Mosque (also known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque) is the most well-known mosque in Istanbul; even in Turkey. This popularity comes from its matchless blue interior decoration and its gigantic sizes; yet, only the great size of it could be capable of carrying this much of beauty. As a student of the architectural genius Sinan, Sedefkar Mehmet Aga has built Blue Mosque, one of the most outstanding points of Istanbul. Shortly, you should definitely visit there and expand spiritually with its peaceful atmosphere.
At all of the time periods that Istanbul has witnessed, and among all outstanding points of Istanbul, only one place has remained with the same role it has already have before: Hippodrome. Hippodrome was a public area that used for chariot races in Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman era. It has been enlarged, adorned or improved in times, by different rulers from these three different empires and has succeed at standing still until our current time.
In Hippodrome, on the wall of Spina, there is one of the most outstanding points of Istanbul: Obelisk. Its importance comes from the title of “one of the oldest monuments of Istanbul” since it has been said that it belongs to the date of B.C. 1400s; of course, it has been brought to Istanbul from Egypt later. It reaches 20 meters through the sky, and with its hieroglyphs and texts in Latin and (ancient) Greek, it unites different pages of world history.
To sum up, in only one district, Sultanahmet, you are able to see many outstanding points of Istanbul since its cultural and historical richness. By enrolling in Istanbul Classics Tour will be able to see these important places and gather further information about them.