Istanbul -City tour of this fantastic and mistic city
Our guide will meet the guests at the hotel's lobby for a full-day private sightseeing tour. Start to visit Topkapi Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Topkapi Palace is not a museum and has unrivaled jewelry collections, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world, Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, and notable one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, much of it gifts from other rulers.
Visit St. Sophia, built by Emperor Justinian 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. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child.
Visit the Blue Mosque, which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest Ottoman architect, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets.
Visit the Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
Visit the Grand Covered Bazaar, the commercial heart of the old city, and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures, including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods.
After the tour, return to the hotel overnight.