Magnificent Istanbul Tour: Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest imperial mosque and one of the best-known sights of stanbul.
Built on the order of Süleyman the Magnificient by the Court Architect Sinan. The mosque crowns stanbul on a hilltop dominating Golden Horn. In the garden, there are two mausoleums: Tomb of Sultan Süleyman I and his wife Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana). Outside the walls is the Tomb of Master Architect Sinan.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Visit is not possible on Friday because of crowded noon prayer.
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is housed in the former palace of brahim Paa, the grand vizier to Süleyman the Magnificient. Before being converted into a museum, palace served as a prison, a home for foreign ambassadors, a clothing factory, and barracks. Today, the museum contains beautifully displayed examples; illuminated Qurans and Turkish carpets collection which is rated as one of the best in the world, and attracts serious carpet enthusiasts. Historical Ottoman Mansion presenting a rich collection of Turkish Carpets.
Lunch served in typical Turkish restaurant.
Afternoon visit to Yldz Palace overlooking the Bosphorus which became the fourth administration center of the empire following the Old Palace, Topkap Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace. You will enjoy the gorgeous colors of the flowers of the Yldz Palace Gardens and will have the chance to experience a marvelous view of the Bosphorus through the peaceful green of this public site. Free time for a tea break at the Sale Kiosk, former Sultan’ s residence from the Ottoman Period.
Meeting/pick-up point: Hotel.
Pick up time: Between 8am and 8:40am.
Duration: 8 hours.
-End/closing time: Between 5pm and 5:30pm.
Inclusions: A/C transportation, entrance fees, lunch, donations to the mosque and parking.
Exclusions: Drinks at lunch and tips.