Departure from the pier to old city.
First visit at Hagia Sophia; the church of “Divine Wisdom”. Justinian built this masterpiece of Byzantine architecture in 6th century as a church. It is converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Today it serves as a museum with the unique examples of two religions together.
Continue to Hippodrome Square; constructed for the Roman chariot races, it was the centre for civil events and witnessed man victories and riots. Beautified with the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine and Constantine columns. Proceed to Blue Mosque; a name given by the visitors fascinated by interior decoration of the mosque. Istanbul’s best-known mosque complex from 1616.
Continue to Topkapi Palace; served for more than four centuries as the imperial residence of the Ottoman household, including 24 Sultans in total. Abandoned as the imperial residence in 1853, in 1924 it was converted into a museum. It now houses an extraordinary collection of imperial treasures, including priceless porcelain, jewels, armoury, costumes, miniatures, calligraphy, and other precious objects and works of art.
Final visit at the world famous Covered Bazaar (Kapalicarsi) is, owing to its architecture, history, location, and sheer variety of merchandise, one of Istanbul's most significant tourist sites. The Bazaar has eight different entrances, each of them facing one of the city's most important historic monuments. These include Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Cemberlitas, the Beyazit Complex, Istanbul University and the Second Hand Book Bazaar. Built at the command of Sultan Mehmed the, Conqueror in 1461, the Bazaar initially consisted of just two warehouses (bedesten). In time, merchants began to set up their own stalls and workshops in the surrounding area.
* On Mondays Haghia Sophia Museum is closed, replaced with Chora Museum
* On Tuesdays Topkapi Palace is closed, replaced with Dolmabahce Palace
* On Sundays Grand Bazaar is closed, replaced with Spice Market