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Istanbul, the historical city of Romans, Greeks and Ottoman Empire has intersting history and mixed culture of the Romans ,Greeks and Ottomans . The city is divided by the mesmerising bosphorus strait into two continent Europe and Asia. Istanbul was firstn known as Byzantium later it was known as Constantinople after Constantine the Great made it the new eastern capital of the Roman Empire in 330 CE. And finally it was named as Istanbul during the Ottoman period .
It is the most populous city in Turkey and a hub for international trade. Today it has became one of the biggest metropolitant city in the world and one of the most favorite holiday destination for all the people the continents.
Upon your arrival to Istanbul you will meet our representative at Istanbul Airport who will receive you with the driver and drop you off to your hotel .
In the morning you will be picked up by the driver and your tour guide from your hotel and you will visit Hagia Sophia which was a former Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal cathedral, later an Ottoman imperial mosque and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. More information will be provided by your tour guide.
Next you will visit Hippodrome where the chariot races were held in the Roman Empire times. Next ,the famous Blue Mosque which was built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 1600s . The mosque is truly a magnificient masterpiece of Architecture with amazingly delicate proportions for a building of such massive scale. It remains a functioning mosque,and is a centre attraction for the visitors. Continue to the tour you will visit Basillica Cistern , Grand Bazaar or the Spice Market which is the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with over 4,000 shops. It was constructed in the 15th century and became the commercial hub of the trade between Asia & Europe later you will visit Topkapi palace which was constructed by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror, began in 1459, six years after the conquest of Constantinople.
Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays between November 1 and March 31. Hagia Sophia is open to visit on Mondays between April 1 and October 31.
Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays.
Children aged 7 and under are free of charge. Please make sure that you have passport copies of children as we have to verify their ages at museums for free tickets.