Private Istanbul Tour: Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar

Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable

Overview

You will have the possibility to see the best sights of Istanbul on this guided Istanbul Classics tour: The Blue Mosque or the so called Sultanahmet Mosque, which has big importance in the Islamic world, the Topkapi Palace, which was more than 400 years the palace of the Ottoman Sultans, the Grand Bazaar with more than 4.000 shops, the Hippodrom and the Saint Sophia Museum are the highlights of our tour. As this is a private tour limited with maximum 7 people, it is much more personalized than the bigger groups and can be customized at any point.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Sultanahmet Mosque, one of the most fascinating pieces of Istanbul's skyline, is also, at the same time, one of the most important symbols of Istanbul. And it is not only its magnificent appearance that makes it so fascinating. The Blue Mosque has many distinctive features separating it from other mosques such as being the first mosque with six minarets.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Topkapı Palace was not only the residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational centre of the state. Initially constructed between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople, and expanded upon and altered many times throughout its long history, the palace served as the home of the Ottoman sultans and their court until the middle of the 19th century. In the early 1850s, the palace became inadequate to the requirements of state ceremonies and protocol, and so the sultans moved to Dolmabahçe Palace, located on the Bosphorus. Despite this move, the royal treasure, the Holy Relics of the Prophet Muhammad, and the imperial archives continued to be preserved at Topkapı, and-since the palace was the ancestral residence of the Ottoman dynasty as well as the place where the Holy Relics were preserved-Topkapı continued to play host to certain state ceremonies. Following the abolishment of the Ottoman monarchy in 1922, Topkapı Palace was converted into a museum on April 3rd 1924, on the order of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.


Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

The Hagia Sophia, one of the historical architectural wonders that still remains standing today, has an important place in the art world with its architecture, grandness, size and functionality. The Hagia Sophia, the biggest church constructed by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul, has been constructed three times in the same location. During the East Roman period, the Hagia Sophia was the Empire Church and, as a result, was the place in which the emperors were crowned. The area that is on the right of the naos, where the flooring is covered with colorful stones creating an intertwining circular design (omphalion), is the section in which the Eastern Roman Emperors were crowned. Istanbul was occupied by Latins between 1204 and 1261, during the Holy Crusades, when both the city and the church were damaged. The Hagia Sophia was known to be in bad condition in 1261, when Eastern Rome took over the city again. Following Fatih Sultan Mehmed’s (1451-1481) conquer in 1453, Hagia Sophia was renovated into a mosque. The structure was fortified and was well protected after this period, and remained as a mosque. Additional supporting pillars were installed during the East Roman and Ottoman periods as a result of the damage that the structure experienced due to earthquakes in the region. The minarets designed and implemented by Mimar Sinan have also served to this purpose.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Grand Bazaar Jewelers, Alemdar Mah. Bab-I Ali Cad. Guran Han No:34 D. 4 Fatih, Istanbul 34110 Turkey

The Grand Bazaar, constructed under the command of Fatih Sultan Mehmet (Mehmed the Conqueror), is a historical shopping arcade surrounded by shops covered with roofs and domes. The two covered bazaars form the core of the large area with its historical name, “Çarşu-yı Kebir”. The construction of the first bedesten (bazaar) was completed in 1460s, namely Cevahir, and Sultan Mehmed was endowed with the yield, to grant it to Hagia Sophia. The Sultan later developed a variety of shops and shop stalls which later became the center of commercial life.

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions
  • Private transportation
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • English speaking licenced tour guide.
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We have pick up service for hotels in Sultanahmet, Aksaray, Sirkeci, Beyazit and Taksim.
Estimated pick up time is 09:30am


Departure Time

9:30 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

7 to 8 hours

Package is not cancellable.

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