Discover the Haghia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Sultanahmet (Blue) mosque, the Topkapi Palace...
This tour is a must in Istanbul . You will begin the day with the Hagia Sophia, the “Church of Divine Wisdom”. Next, while you listen to the stories of the liaison of Kaiser Wilhelm II with the Orient, you will discover the German Fountain, a gift of the Kaiser to the Ottoman Empire. Afterwards, we continue our walk on the Hippodrome where the chariot races were organized in Roman and Byzantine times. The Blue Mosque, only mosque with six minarets, and its surroundings will be our last stop.
In the afternoon, we will start our tour with the visit of the Topkapi Museum, the most important museum of Turkey : it is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with objects of historical importance. In the courtyards are the Audience Hall, the High Court “Divan”, the kitchens, royal stables, the treasury, gardens, kiosks. When leaving this “town in town”, we will pass from the Hagia Irini church (not visited) and proceed to the Covered bazaar for a demonstration of Turkish handicrafts.
Our tours operated on a private basis;
* You will be met at ports & hotel with a sign (written on it your name) by our tour guide,
* Our tour guide will be with your group during your visit the sites & museums on your itinerary,
* You have flexibility to spend as much as time you would like to spend at each site,
* You do not have to wait for other group members & limited time at each site,
* You will be given to stop during the tour where ever you want to have pictures,
* You can decide your departure time.
General Note = Prices quoted for this tour is for vehicle and local guide! We use our VIP Vehicles as per size of Group (Mercedes Vito for 1-4 people, Mercedes or Wolksvagen Minivan for 5-12 people, Midi Van for 13-20 people and Coach for 21-44 people.) If your group has a particular area of interest (such as Cultural, Historical, Religious or Archaeological) then please let us know and we will do all we can to tailor your tour and guide to this interest.
Lunch Break Note = Our private tours do not include lunch but if you would like to and up to the availability of your time in Port and your chosen tour we are happy to stop for a lunch break. There are many options for lunch and you can discuss on the day with your guide as the type of food you would like to try and your budget and you can pay for lunch and drinks directly once you are there. You will need to add on at least 30 mins to the duration of our tours as indicated to include a lunch break.
*The Participants must be able to walk long distances over uneven and cobblestone surface under the sun. Therefore bringing Comfortable footwear and clothes, hat, sun cream and sun glasses are recommended. Winters in some areas of Turkey can be quite cold. Hence appropriate clothes are recommended.