Private Classical Byzantine&Ottoman Tour
A Day in Istanbul filled with History & Culture
Istanbul Life ORG Tours are offering you a nice full day visit in the historical peninsula. We organise the tours as private or in small number of groups upon the date & requests. We have flexibility in our tours. If you have any questions; please send us your suggestions by E-Mail
Byzantine & Ottoman Relics – Walking Tour
Daily departure at 09 : 30 am and return at 17.00 pm ( The tour is private for you and starting time is flexible.
Tour of “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
Hagia (St.) Sophia Museum , one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.Built in 537 by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus, St.Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand yeras; it is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture;after having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and in to a museum by Atataürk in 1935.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.The last great imperial mosque of the classical period; it is name comes from 20.000 marvellous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls.
Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.
Lunch at the Special Turkish Restaurant in Sultanahmet Area
Topkapi Palace Museum , this extraordinary and secret palace was the residence of the Imperial Ottoman Sultans and the center of the Ottoman might for nearly 400 years.The building are a typical example of Ottoman architecture and the rooms exhibit rich collections of porcelains, robes, weapons,shields,armors,Ottoman miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewellery.
( Treasury and Harem sections are not included in the program and are due to extra entry )
Turkish Islamic Arts Museum, orginally built 1524 as the palace of Ibrahim Pasha – Grand Vizier and brother-in-law of Sultan Soliman the Magnificient, it is now a museum presenting notable examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, rugs as well as ethnographic displays of various cultıres in Turkey, particularly nomad groups.
Grand Bazaar, the largest covered narket in the world with more than 60 streets and 4.000 shops, where you may find in a authentic oriental atmosphere all kind of gifts, leather clothing,rugs and kilims, antiques,jewellery,hand-woven fabrics etc…
Also visioned during the tour: Galata Bridge, Golden Horn, Leander’s Tower,Obelisk of Theodosius-Serpentine Column,German Fountain of Wilhelm II
Closed: Monday; Turkish Islamic Arts Museum , St. Sophia — Tuesday; Topkapi Palace
Includes; Transportation, Lunch, Guide, Museums and Entrance Fees