A combination tour taking you to the must see sites of Istanbul in the old city such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and the Underground cistern of Yerebatan...
- The Hippodrome of Constantinople
- Hagia Sophia
- Underground Basilica Cistern
- Topkapi Palace
- Blue Mosque
Old city of Istanbul tour is highly recommended for those who have limited time to explore the city of Istanbul. Must see sites of Istanbul city are just a stone throw away from each other but you will appreciate the assistance of one of our guides to get the real feeling of the city.
You will first visit the Hippodrome, the social center of this Byzantine city, which was used as a horse racing track during the Roman times. Today the Walled Obelisk, Obelisk of Thutmose III and the Serpent Column brought from Delphi are exhibited in the center of the Hippodrome and is called Sultanahmet square by the locals. You will visit the Sultanahmed mosque afterwards named after the Sultan Ahmed I. The tiles used in the mosque shaded the architect and the founded of the mosque because it is known as the Blue Mosque today among the tourists. You will continue to Hagia Sophia which served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral for more than 7 centuries. The height of the dome is jaw dropping and Ottoman architects raced with it during their careers and only one was able to exceed it. After visiting the Underground Cistern of Yerebatan, you will have lunch and rest before visiting the Topkapi Palace. It was the imperial palace of the Ottomans for 4 centuries which reflects the splendor of the Ottoman Empire and their extravagancy. Your tour will finish with a Turkish coffee on the terraces of the Topkapi Palace overlooking the Bosporus before you return to your hotel.
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