Start your Istanbul Walking Tour with the visit of Hippodrome. Then continue to Blue Mosque.
Then continue to St Sophia where was the Church of Divine wisdom and a testament to the sophistication of the 6th Century. Ottomans converted it into a mosque. Now, it is open to visitors as museum.
Then visit the Basilica Cistern. Emperor Justinian constructed it in 532 AD to hold the water supply for the Great Palace.
Last, Visit the Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops.
Start the day with the visit of Topkapi Palace. Visit Spice Bazaar. Finally Enjoy cruise on the Bosphorus. .
Istanbul in 2 Days
Hippodrome, which was one of the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire. Here you can see the Egyptian Obelisk and the Serpentine Column. Then continue to Blue Mosque one of Istanbul’s most venerable monuments. From the courtyard you will enjoy the striking view of the cascading domes and semi-domes. Once inside you will see how the mosque got its name, viewing the colorful blue Iznik tiles that adorn the interior. These tiles were made at the peak of Iznik tile production in the early 17th Century. St Sophia, the Church of Divine wisdom and a testament to the sophistication of the 6th Century. The vast edifice was built over two earlier churches and inaugurated by Emperor Justinian in 537. The immense dome is an architectural marvel, as it seems to hover overhead. Descend underground into the Basilica Cistern, constructed in 532 AD built by Justinian to hold the water supply for the Great Palace. Here you will find an atmospheric forest of 336 beautiful columns, don’t miss the two columns featuring the head of Medusa on their bases. Last, Visit the Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of handicrafts, carpets, rare jewels and souvenirs all sold in small shops next to each other. Grand Bazaar is famous for carpets the last 500 years therefore as a pleasure to your eyes and to improve the knowledge, an educational carpet demonstration will be shown at the bazaar and the world famous Armenian calligrapher Nick Merdenyan will be introduced.
DAY 2 Visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace Museum. Gain a fascinating insight into this grandiose complex of buildings that formed the residence of the Sultans for 400 years. There are four main courtyards which contain extensive gardens, pavilions, fountains, royal gates, kitchens, library and mosques. Enjoy the exhibitions such as ‘Sacred Trusts’, ‘Portraits of Sultans’, ‘Kitchen’ and ‘Imperial Weapons’. Next embark on a culinary tour of the cavernous Egyptian Spice Bazaar where tastes and smells from the orient assault your senses. The Spice Bazaar continues to be an exotic trading house for dried herbs, spices and exotic condiments. You can also find colorful local produce, fresh cheeses, pickles and other Turkish specialties such as sucuk (chorizo-like sausages) and pastirma (cured beef). There will be ample time to stock up on saffron, Turkish apricots and freshly made Turkish Delight. Finally Enjoy cruise on the Bosphorus, the narrow strait of water separating the Asian and European continent. Passing along the shores of the Bosphorus you will view magnificent palaces, restored Ottoman villas, impressive fortresses and the waterside residences of Istanbul’s elite
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