You will be picked up by your selective guide from the hotel with a VIP vehicle to start the Private Old City Tour. Your private, professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sights of Istanbul.
Today you will explore the following highlights of Istanbul.
Hippodrome: An ancient Roman and Ottoman square where the chariot races were held. Within the square is some Roman remains, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column, and Constantine Columns.
The Blue Mosque: An Ottoman Imperial mosque built by Sultan Ahmet I in 1609-1616 CE, famous for the blue Ottoman tiles.
Hagia Sophia: Once the largest cathedral of Christianity when it was built in 532-537 CE by the Roman Emperor Justinian; later converted into a mosque by the Ottomans.
Topkapi Palace: The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II built the palace after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapi Palace was the home of the royal family and the headquarters for the Ottoman Empire’s administrative center.
Basilica Cistern: Was built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in 6C CE. The Basilica Cistern was the main water supply to the Roman Palace and the churches. It has over three hundred columns within and houses the head of the ancient Greek figure Medusa. The head is the base of two columns and is viewed upside down and right-side down.
Grand Bazaar (Covered Market): The largest and the oldest functioning shopping center in the world. The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II built the Grand Bazaar in the 15th century. The market consists of 5,000 stores, 66 streets, 24 gates, and much more eye-pleasing architecture. Your guide will be more than happy to assist you in finding your masterpiece of Turkish art upon your request.
After the Private Istanbul Old City sightseeing tour, you will be driven back to the hotel.