Istanbul - The land of Byzas from Megara
Istanbul, historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth-largest city proper in the world.
We will begin our tour with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its jewel-encrusted treasury and elegant four courts. After a lunch break, visit the main sights around Sultanahmet Square, including the famous Hagia Sophia Museum, once the most prominent church globally for 1000 years and decorated with stunning 6th-century golden mosaics. Then visit the Blue Mosque, designed with six delicate minarets and a striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Nearby, take a stroll through the site of the ancient Hippodrome, once the sporting ground of chariots and political riots, and see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and Fountain of Wilhelm II. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over unusual antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry, and richly textured fabrics. Overnight in Istanbul.
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Breakfast Accommodation Tour