HIGHLIGHTSBlue Mosque | Aya Sofia | Underground Cistern | Topkapi Palace
DURATIONFull day 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
DEPATURESDaily (Please note - St Sophia is closed on a Monday, will be replaced with the Chora Church)
PRICE FROM$117 AUD (Group tour) / $255 AUD per person (Private departure - based on 2 passengers)
- Professional English Speaking Guide
- Entrance fees (unless stated in Itinerary)
- Pickup and Dropoff at your Istanbul hotel
Visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its mosaics of blue Iznik tiles and its six minarets.Facing the Blue Mosque is St. Sophia (closed on Monday), one of the great architectural marvels of the ancient world.This church – turned mosque – and now a museum, takes the breath away with the sheer size of its interior and its magnificent dome.
Cross through the Hippodrome, the scene of Byzantine chariot races, athletic events, victory celebrations, and political activities of the old city where one can also see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpent Column from Delphi, the Fountain of Wilhelm II and the Colossus.
You will then visit the marvellous Yerebatan Underground Cistern with its atmospherically lit rows of columns – 336 in total. It was built in 532, with a capacity to store 80,000 cubic metres of water. It has excellent acoustics, and, with its fabulous atmosphere, has been used by famous singers, and for film sets. Please note: as the Underground Cistern is very old and damp, appropriate footwear is advisable as the floor can be slippery.
Explore the spectacular Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesday), seat of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years. Built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul, this huge complex commands superb views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. The palace is filled with treasures of the Sultans including the extravagant Treasury with its magnificent jewels, and the priceless Chinese porcelain, one of the best collections in the world.
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