Istanbul is not merely a coincidence that it forms the most popular destination in Turkey. Millions of tourists visit the city every year because of its unsurpassed charm. With its deep-rooted traditions and long history, the city demonstrates its antiquity. For those who want to learn about the city’s history, a walking tour is the best option, as walking around the streets gives you a chance to soak in the city’s authentic vibe. We consider our Istanbul City Tour (Full Day) – Byzantine & Ottoman Relics to be one of the best tours available, as it combines all the important monuments and places of interest into one unique and enjoyable experience.
Visit Byzantine & Ottoman Relics
Visit some of Istanbul’s most famous monuments on an exceptional walking tour. For those who want to experience the spirit of the city’s center, the Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour is the best option. Furthermore, this tour provides interesting information about the history and the culture of the city. Enjoy a full-day excursion that presents you with lasting memories and boosts your enthusiasm.
Topkapi Palace: One of the most important monuments in Turkey. Topkapi Palace used to be the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for 5 centuries. Today, visitors can visit the palace and walk around its various rooms. Moreover, the place hosts an impressive collection of Ottoman items such as jewelry, precious stones, and costumes.
Hagia Sophia: This emblematic monument will impress you due to its size. It was constructed during the 4th century by Constantine the Great and reconstructed again during the 6th century. Nowadays, it forms one of the most visited monuments in Turkey.
Hippodrome: This used to be the place where sporting events were taking place during the Byzantine period. The broader area features 4 monuments. During your time there you may observe and admire the Egyptian Obelisk, the Column of Constantine, the Serpentine Column, and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II.
Blue Mosque: Listed among the most visited and most important mosques in the country. This active worship place is a true miracle of interior design. Inside, you may observe the blue tiles on the walls. The tour guide will explain everything you need to know about the history and the importance of this place.
Bosphorus Cruise: Join this magnificent opportunity to spend an afternoon in the Bosphorus Sea with your friends or family.
Grand Bazaar: This will be the perfect opportunity to exercise your bargaining skills and to experience the real vibes of the city. With 4000 shops, located in narrow labyrinth-like paths, Grand Bazaar impresses visitors from the very first moments. There, you can find clothes, handcrafts of all kinds, street food, and many other interesting souvenirs.
Important to remember:
The early start is worth it, to spend the day in this fascinating metropolis on the Bosphorus Strait – the only city in the world located on two continents. Due to its strategic location, Istanbul has attracted hordes of marauding armies over the centuries and it's thanks to the Greeks, Romans, Venetians and Ottomans that it has such rich cultural diversity.
The domes and minarets of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque dominate the city skyline, while inside the high ceilings are decorated with more than 20,000 azure tiles that give the building its Blue Mosque nickname. Next, head to the Hippodrome Park, where you'll visit the German Fountain and Egyptian Obelisk before making your way to Topkapi Palace, a huge and lavish residence which housed Ottoman Sultans for hundreds of years.
After some free time to haggle for spices and souvenirs in the Egyptian bazaar, you can end the day with an optional boat trip along the Bosphorus Strait that splits the city in half and forms the border between Europe and Asia.
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