This layover tour of Istanbul covers all the highlights of the city. Visit the monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, go to the Hagia Sophia the former mosque and church turned into museum, see the underground water reserve of Romans, Basilica Cistern, shop for all kind of souvenirs in the world's oldest covered market, Grand Bazaar, see the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans, Topkapi Palace and admire the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque.
Meet your tour guide and van at Ataturk Airport (European Side) and start the tour with the highlights of Istanbul. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to Ataturk Airport to catch your flight.
Hagia Sophia; Built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, played a very important role in the Christian and Islamic World. After the Ottoman conquest the bells, altar, iconostasis, and sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over to convert the church into a mosque. Hippodrome; where the chariot races were held in the Roman Empire times. Blue Mosque; Built in the early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet I, Blue Mosque is truly a magnificent masterpiece of architecture with amazingly delicate proportions for a building of such massive scale.Grand Bazaar; One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with over 4,000 shops. Basilica Cistern is a subterranean wonder and one of the greatest of Istanbul’s surviving Byzantine sites, in fact a former water storage chamber. Topkapı Palace; More than just an Imperial Residence of Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years long. Topkapi Palace is a great monument of Oriental architecture.