THE IMPERIAL TOUR

 

 

Tour Program

  • 1. Day
    ISTANBUL

    Half Day MorningTour

    Departure Point:Tour departs from Istanbul hotels (on European side of Istanbul only and city centre hotels )

    Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

    Pick up from your hotel and we begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at HagiaSophia*. Built by the EmperorJustinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Convertedinto a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next we visit the Blue Mosque** which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its in terior. Builtby Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand.

    The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, andl eather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottomanstyle.

Services Included In The Price

  • Transport by air-conditioned and nonesmoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pick up and drop of ( Please contact for your pickup time directly with Academic Tour Plus)

Services Not Included In The Price

  • Lunch
  • Personalexpenses
  • Tips

Additional Information

  • Walking shoes is recommended
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Full passport name is required for all participants
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate

Cancellation Conditions

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the tour.

  • If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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