HIPPODROME AND OBELISKS (XV CENTURY): Byzantine site from 4th century, where you can see the Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius, Obelisk of Constantine and German Fountain.
BLUE MOSQUE (1609-1616): Famous Ottoman ornate mosque from 17th century and the second biggest in Turkey, with brilliant Iznik tiles and minarets.
HAGIA SOPHIA (m.s. 532-537): One of oldest Greek Orthodox church from the Byzantine era, dating to the 6th century. During the Ottoman Empire it was used as a Mosque and today is a Museum.
GRAND COVERED BAZAAR (1461): One of the oldest and biggest bazaars in the country with 4000 shops. Wandering through the bazaar, you can explore different parts of the city.
LUNCH: You will have traditional fresh Turkish dishes, in an excellent cozy restaurant
TOPKAPI PALACE (1478): Used for over 400 years as the Ottoman residence of the Sultans and his court. Inside you can visit the imperial treasury, sacred relics that belonged to the Prophet Mohammed and his Followers, John the Baptist and the Prophet Musa. See one of the most valuable diamonds which is 86 carats. (Harem section is not included in the program, a seperate entrance fee is required).
LITTLE HAGIA SOPHIA MOSQUE (527-536): One of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul. It is an early domed basilica. The temple was founded by emperor Justiniano during the golden age of Roman Empire. This church was later converted into a mosque during the Ottoman Empire since 1497.
DOLMABAHCHE PALACE: The last residential palace for The Ottoman family. Built between 1843-1856 by the order of Sultan Abdulmecid, who wanted a European style Palace and was used until 1922. Palace constructed with a mix of European and Oriental styles which makes the Dolmabache Palace unique. Palace’s total area is 45000 sq. m., over 280 bedrooms, six baths (hammams) more than 280 rooms, almost 70 private toilets and 46 halls. The construction cost five million gold coins from the Ottoman Empire.
BOSPHORUS BY BOAT: The Bosphorous divides Europe and Asia and is one of the most famous and beautiful waterways. On this tour along the Bosphorus you will see, The Dolmabahche Palace, which is last official Ottoman Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace which was used as a summer residence by the Sultans, Ciragan Palace which was used for parties, Kucuksu Palace a hunting residence of the sultans and Rumeli Fortress which was used for the conquest of Constantinople.
GOLDEN HORN: Old commercial site of Istanbul, which is around 8 km long. The third biggest bridge of Istanbul on this water way connects the Old City to the modern side of Istanbul.
CITY WALLS: A series of defensive Old city walls from the 5th century which surrounds the city and is 1600 years old.
CABLE CAR AND PIERRE LOTI HILL: This is the highest point of the Golden Horn, the French Writer Pierre Loti came here to be inspired and write his novels. After enjoying the beautiful view from the hill, you will experience a cable car ride.
Mondays Hagia Sophia and Dolmabahce Palace closed, will be replaced with Yerebatan Sarnici and Chora Church(The Basilica Cistern)
Tuesdays Topkapı Palace closed, will be replaced with Chora Museum
Thursday Dolmabahce Palace Closed also this day will be replaced with Chora Museum
Fridays Blue Mosque will be replaced with Nuruosmaniye Mosque
Sundays Grand Bazaar closed, will replace with Yerebatan Sarnici (Basilica Cistern)
Daily departure all year private tour package
2 day Istanbul tour will be operating with luxury minivan and professional tour tour guide. If anything you may interest to change in the itinerary you can even talk with our guide when we come and pick you up from your hotel or port in Istanbul. This is our highly recommendation tour package for Istanbul.
Highlights of Istanbul Old City area (you can check our daily Istanbul tours for your day tour according to these places : Hagia Sophia Museum (Santa Sophia), Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Galata Tower, Taxim Square, Galata Bridge, Suleymaniye Mosque, Hippodrome, Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, Islamic Art Museum, Carpet Museum, Marmaray Metro, Avrasya tunnel, Fish Market, Kumkapi fish resteurant, Gulhane park, Eminonu fish sandwiches, Bosphorus ferrys, Kadikoy ferrys, Uskudar ferrys, Karakoy Art Museum, best Baklava Karakoy, Hasırcılar street, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Kabataş ferryport, Mahmutpasa Bazaar, Taktakale Bazaar, Chora church, Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Mosque…