Your tour will begin when your guide greets you at the port and leads you to your air-conditioned transportation.
During the Roman and Byzantine periods, the Hippodrome Square - once the sporting and social core of Constantinople, the Byzantine Empire's capital - hosted chariot races and witnessed riots. The Egyptian Obelisk (brought to Istanbul in the 4th century), the Serpentine's Column, and the Constantine's Column are all on your way while your guide tells you fascinating stories about the city.The Hagia Sophia (Church of the Holy Wisdom) - now a museum, had been a Christian patriarchal basilica (or church) built by Roman Emperor Justinian I in 532 AD, before becoming an imperial mosque in the 15th Century.
The Sultanahmet Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque, is a historial landmark notable for its stunning blue Iznik tiles. Istanbul's silhoutte is dominated by its graceful minarets and glorious domes. This magnificent mosque consists of two square buildings standing side by side. The first square is a colonnaded open courtyard, and the second is the mosque proper, which is crowned with domes.
Topkapi Palace was built between 1460 and 1478 by the order Sultan Mehmed II, the Conqueror of Constantinople, as the Ottoman sultans' home as well as the state's administrative and educational headquarters. This intriguing building today holds extensive collections of porcelain, Ottoman antiquities, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts, and more.
Finally, we will explore at the Grand Bazaar. This is one of the world's largest covered markets, with 60 aisles and over 5000 stalls and shops. It is known for its vast selection of souvenirs and, of course, it is the perfect place to exercise your bargaining skills! The Bazaar has been an important trading area for Istanbul since 1461, and it was extensively repaired following the earthquake of 1894.
Prepare for the activity
What to bring
It is recommended to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and water for the tour. You may also consider wearing comfortable shoes, as it involves some walking with inclines and steps.
Know before you go
We have planned your tour schedule and timing to coincide with your time spent waiting at the port. We will return you to the port when it iss convenient for you to rejoin your cruise.
You can shop with local currency Turkey is Turkish Lira; however it is also possible to make payment with Euro, British pound and American dollars.
As it is forbidden to wear shoes within the mosque, you will be requested to remove your shoes before entering. Men should wear long trousers and sleeved shirts within the mosque, while women should wear slacks, below-knee dresses or skirts, and elbow-length or longer shirts. Women can wear scarves to cover their hair. If you do not have appropriate apparel, the entrance staff will assist you free of charge.
Instructions for Participating in the Tour
After disembarking from your cruise ship, proceed straight into the terminal building. You will be greeted by your guide, who will assist you during the tour.
Please note that some tourist attractions are closed on particular days of the week. If one of these days falls on your tour, we will proceed to one of the following alternate locations:
As the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, we will visit the Spice Market instead
Mondays: Since Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, we can visit the old Basilica Cistern, often known as the "Sunken Palace."
Tuesdays: The Topkapi Palace is closed, and other places on the itinerary, like as the Basilica Cistern, will take its place.
At the end of the excursion, you will be transported to Istanbul Port in plenty of time to catch your ship.
Not suitable for
People with mobility impairments
The cruise port of Istanbul