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Old City Tour With Lunch by Walk

Istanbul Tours / Regular

Full Day Small Group Tour with Lunch
 
If you have the entire day for yourself, we strongly suggest you to combine Tour 1 with Tour 2 to see the main attractions of the Old City in one day. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and assist to meet with your tour guide between 07:45 - 08:20 according to your hotel location. 

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Hagia Sophia – Aya Sofya
(Closed on Mondays & replaced with Basilica Cistern)

Hagia Sophia (532-537) is one of the most impressive architectural samples of Byzantium Era and it is absolutely mystical unique example of art where you can see motifs and traces of Christianity and Islam together. It was built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian and it was used as a church until 1453. When Mehmed II which was Ottoman Sultan on that period conquered Istanbul in 1453, it was converted from church to mosque. In 1935, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk converted it to a museum.

 

Blue Mosque – Sultan Ahmet Cami
(Closed on Friday Mornings because of Friday Pray)

Imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet (1609-1616) is one of the great masterpieces of the world and it is the last sample of classical Ottoman architecture. The name “Blue” comes from the famous blue Iznik (Nicea) tiles which adorned the entire interior of the mosque. It is also the only Ottoman mosque with 6 minarets among the other mosques.

 

Hippodrome of Constantinople – Sultanahmet Meydanı

Being used as an arena for chariot races, athletic activities and rebellions in Byzantium Era, Hippodrome was also used for similar purposes including executions in Ottoman Period. Today, it is the heart of the Old City which hosts other ancient monuments.

 
Cafer Aga Madrasa (Closed on Mondays)

The Madrasa has more than a dozen handicraft courses on offer including the popular Turkish art of marbling (‘Ebru’), painting, jewelry, porcelain, calligraphy, Ottoman language, ceramics and stained glass. Its musical workshops include reed flute (‘Ney’), guitar and leed (‘Ud'). Caferaga Medresesi has become a popular place for both Turkish and foreign artists to study traditional Turkish arts and all are welcome to attend the workshops.

 
Lunch will be provided in a cozy local restaurant 

 

Topkapi Imperial Palace – Topkapi Sarayi
(Closed on Tuesdays & replaced with Basilica Cistern)

Started to build in 1460 and finished in 1478 for Sultan Mehmet - the conqueror of Istanbul. Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans. The palace was transformed into a museum in 1924 and was declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985.

(Harem Section is not included in the itinerary because it subjects to additional time and fee so please check with your tour guide if you would like to spend time over there on your own.)
 
Grand Bazaar – Kapalı Carsi (1461)
(Closed on Sundays & replaced with Arasta Bazaar)

In addition to its historical importance, it's a bazaar that will tempt even the no shoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather and souvenirs. You have chance to visit 2 parts;

Indoor Part:This part of the bazaar is covered section which is dating back to1461. It is very nice place to see the Ottoman oriental bazaar where you could find some small souvenirs.

Outdoor Part: This section of the bazaar are surrounded with export houses (free V.A.T and free shipment chance) subsidized by Turkish Government where local and foreign visitors who are looking for real Turkish handicrafts-leather-jewelrywhich are being sold with certificate and authenticity. You will enjoy your safe bazaar trip in this hassle free part.

Inclusions
-Pick up from your hotel (Only from Sultanahmet and Taksim Hotels)
-Museum fees
-Professional guidance (regular group tour in English only please ask for other languages)
-Lunch (Vegetarian choices are available)
-Drop off to hotel at the end
Exclusions
-Personal expenses
-Customary tip to driver and tour guide
-Anything unless specified under included
-Drinks during the lunch
-Harem Section in Topkapi Palace
Policies
Cancel You can cancel this tour 2 days before the departure. We will refund your all money back. In any case of last minute cancellation we need to charge the full payment as NO SHOW penalty.
Pickup Our driver will pick you up from your city hotels (Sultanahmet and Taksim Hotels) and meet you to your guide between 07:45-08:15
Child Children between 00-02 ages are free of charge
Children between 03-06 ages are %30 discounted
Info *At the end of tour, participants will be dropped off to their hotels. Please inform your tour guide if you prefer to return by yourself or to spend more time at wherever you are.
*Sultanahmet area is historical area. It is closed to traffic becasue of that mostly all attractions are in walking distance so at the tour a moderate amount of walking is involved.
*If your party is more than 6 People, you may require guidance in your language without extra charge (Please make the reservation at least 2 days in advance)
Please refer to your consultant for small group supplement by private guide & vehicle// ideal for families or intimate parties.
Duration 7-8 HOURS
Voucher You will get instant confirmation via e-mail after payment done.
*Remember to print out your voucher or have it ready on your mobile phone at the start of your activity to show to the guide.
If you fail to present your paper or e voucher , you will be refused service and / or admission to the activity you have purchased. TTG will not refund, credit or otherwise compensate you for failure to present a print copy or e voucher on the day of travel
Local Operator TURKEY TRAVEL GROUP (TTG TRAVEL)
Emin Sinan Mah. Emin Sinan Hamamı Sok. No:6
Çemberlitaş-Fatih Istanbul
Tel :+90 212 517 00 13
Fax:+90 212 517 00 09
Cell: +90 532 777 02 64
Please use these contact details for last minute changes, questions regarding meeting point or hotel pick-up, emergencies and other issues.
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