19 August 2019
History buffs will be in their element in Turkey’s largest city, with the rich cultural influences of both Europe and Asia evident at every turn. On this fascinating one-day tour, you’ll be able to delve into the heart of the Old City and discover some of the most beautiful landmarks and sites in the area.
An unparalleled mix of Western and Middle Eastern culture, Istanbul is the city that bridges the European and the Asian continents. You’ll begin your exciting tour by being driven to Sultanahmet Square, the centre of the Old Town. You’ll then be taken to explore the thrilling Hippodrome, which used to host chariot races in the days of the Byzantine Empire, before heading over to the sprawling and awe-inspiring Blue Mosque; undoubtedly one of the most impressive sights in the city. After the Blue Mosque, it’s on to another colossal construction, the Hagia Sophia; one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture to be found anywhere on the planet.
Your tour continues to the Topkapi Palace, perhaps the most popular attractions in the whole of Istanbul. Standing on Seraglio Point, this 15th-century palace was the residence of many of the wealthiest sultans and their respective harems. Afterwards, you’ll visit the tombs of these very sultans in one of the most beautiful examples of 16th-century Ottoman architecture, where the red, green, purple and blue flower motives will fill you with awe. Round off your exhilarating Istanbul day with a visit to one of the largest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar. With over 4,000 shops to discover, it’s a true Istanbul experience!