TOUR DESCRIPTION

Visit two of Istanbul’s most important museums and much more with an experied and licenced guide.

After meeting your guide at departure point for half day morning Dolmabahce Palace tour, climb aboard your luxury coach and head to the Palace. Dolmabahçe Palace is the symbol of Westernization of the 19th century. It was built by Sultan Abdulmecid between 1843-1856 then the headquarter of Ottoman Empire moved from Topkapı Palace to Dolmabahçe Palace. It was used by the Ottoman Sultans until November 1, 1922. It is situated on an area of 110 thousand square meters, dominating the magnificent view of the Bosphorus.

Then we visit Bezmiâlem Vâlide Sultan Mosque. It has one of the most unique architecture among the Ottoman mosques in Istanbul. The mosque was commissioned by Bezmialem Valide Sultan in 1852, who was the mother of Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid I. The architect of the Mosque is Armenian origin Garabet Balyan. The mosque’s architecture is a successful and classy blend of Baroque and Empire architectural styles.

Enrout to Spice Bazaar and free time for Shopping. The Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Located in the Eminönü quarter of the Fatih district, it is the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.

After the lunch Topkapı Palace, It was private residence of Ottoman Sultans from beginning of the 19th till to end of to the 19th centuries exhibiting sacred Islamic Relics of Prophet Mohammed, imperial treasury, Chinese porcelain, weapons & calligraphy etc. Harem section is not included in the program and visit is due to extra entrance fee. 

Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire.

Dating back to 4th century, the Hagia Irene, formerly church, now a museum and a center cultural activities and exhibitions, is situated inside the 1st court of the Topkapi Palace.  Hagia Irene also called as “St. Eirene” or “St.Irene’s” Church. It is one of the oldest Byzantium churches in Istanbul, was the 2nd largest church of the Eastern Roman Empire after Hagia Sophia. Hagia Irene was first built as a basilica with three naves, on the order of during the reign of Constantinos the Great (306–337), on top of a temple, out of wood. Hagia Irene consists of three sections that include; the naos, narthex and atrium, while the standing atrium is the only surviving sample from the Byzantine period.

The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, (Hagia Sophia Museum) visit from outside, without interior visit. It was built in the 6 th century by the emperor Justinian as a Greek Orthodox Church also called the church of Divine Wisdom. It was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. The Conqueror and in to a museum by Ataturk in 1935 and it were converted into a mosque in 2020 by by Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It was largest church in the world for 1000 years.

Overview
• Dolmabahçe Palace
• Bezmiâlem Vâlide Sultan Mosque
• Spice Bazaar
• Topkapı Palace
• Hagia Irene Church
• The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque (from outside)

Regular group tour days : Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Private tour days : Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday