• Hagia Sophia Museum
• Byzantine Hippodrome
• Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque)
• Topkapi Palace
• Grand Bazaar
After your cruise ship arrive at the Istanbul Port, our guide and driver will be ready with a sign board bearing your name. Then, we will drive you to the historical peninsula to start our trip.
You will first visit The Topkapi Palace; Ottoman Sultan’s Residance built on the slopes of Sarayburnu. Topkapi Palace is a combination of different architectural styles. Topkapi Palace is the most visited museum in Turkey and you will be able to see the Ottoman Empire treasury, Dynasty clothing and Sacred Relics. Harem Section will not be included in the itinerary and there will be an extra entrance fee to visit this section.
The tour will continue with a walking through The Hippodrome which was once used for chariot races, celebrations, riots, executions and other important events through Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The walk through The Hippodrome will be about 45 minutes. The half day morning portion will end here.
Our next stop will be in a local restaurant for lunch and you will have some delicious Turkish cuisine. The afternoon visit will start around 13:30 and the first stop will be Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia) Museum, bearing the symbols of Christianity and Islam together. The church was built in 537 AD. by Roman Emperor Justinian and has been converted into a mosque in 15th century. You will visit the site about 1 hour and see the courtyard, entrance hall, main gallery and upper gallery.
The next stop will be The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) decorated with some of the best examples in Turkish Tile Art History. Built on the 17th century, Blue Mosque is a symbol of Istanbul standing in the heart of the city.
Our final stop will be in Grand Bazaar which is one of the biggest trading centers in the world with more than 4000 shops. After this stop, we will drive you back to your ship around 17:00.