Classical Istanbul

(Full day with lunch)

Once, center of horse races, chariot rallies and Byzantine civic life. Today only remain three monuments: The Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the column of Constantine.

Blue Mosque
With its harmonious cascade of cupolas and six minarets, is certainly one of the most majestic and elegant mosques of Istanbul.

Saint Sophia
Built in IV. Century, the basilica of St. Sophia is unquestionably one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture, with its immense dome and beautifully preserved Byzantine mosaics. 
N.B. St. Sophia is closed on Mondays and will be substituted by the Underground Cistern.

Rustem Pasha Mosque 
Designed by Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan, this mosque is famous for its large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs.

Topkapi Palace 
Residence of the Sultans during the Ottoman Empire, today is one of the richest museums in the world, with priceless jewels, thrones, tiles, collections of porcelains and sacred relics. 
N.B.Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.

Grand Bazaar
Covered Bazaar, known worldwide, is a real shopping paradise with its more than 4000 shops. 
N.B. Grand Bazaar is closed on SUNDAYS and on religious holidays