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Turkey Istanbul Shore Excursions - Underground Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar

Shore Excursions in Istanbul
Underground Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar Shore Excursions
Turkey Istanbul Shore Excursions - Underground Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar
Istanbul Shore Excursions
Turkey Istanbul Shore Excursions
Tour Start Point : Istanbul   Duration : 4 Hours
Tour End Point : Istanbul   Departure : It is all depend on your arrival and departure time cruise ship
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Turkey Istanbul Shore Excursions

What You Can Expect
With a reservation we will meet you in our minivan at your requested location in Istanbul.

Enjoy this guided tour of Istanbul which will lead you from the Old City Sultanahmet to the Underground Cistern, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar


Tour Highlights
  • Underground Cistern
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Grand Bazaar
Package Includes:
  • 1 Half Day Istanbul Tour
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Luxury Transportation
  • Entrance fees to sites
  • Lunch
Exclusions:
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Tips
Tour Type Sightseeing, cultural, activity, history
art, shopping
Group Size Private Min 2 pax

After you enter our comfortable, air conditioned private car from the port, you will be given a brief commentary by our licensed and friendly guide. While passing through this lovely city you will be led to the Hagia Sofia.


The Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya):

The meaning of this extraordinary building is ÔHoly Wisdom. Documents indicate that the first Hagia Sophia was built by Emperor Constantius, son of Emperor Constantine I, and was opened for services in 360 AD. Although very little is known about this Church, it is assumed that it was a basilica-type structure with a rectangular floor plan, circular apse and timbered roof. During the rebellion of the Monophysites in 532, the Hagia Sophia was destroyed along with many other important buildings. In the same year Emperor Justinian ordered to rebuild it as the most spectacular church. It took five years, ten months and four days, from February 23rd 532 to December 27th 537.
When the Sultan Mehmed II conquered Constantinople in 1453, the Church was converted into a mosque, a place of Islamic worship. To begin with, Turks preserved the frescoes and mosaic figures of Christian saints which decorated the walls. However, in the 16th century, these were completely covered by plaster, since the Islamic code forbids figural representation. In 1926, the government of the new Republic of Turkey, appointed a technical commission to do a thorough investigation of the architectural and static state of the building. According to the commission's report, the foundation of the structure rested solidly on a bed of rock. Following Kemal Ataturk's orders, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum on February 1st 1935. Ataturk visited the museum a few days later, on February 6th, 1935.


After your visit to Hagia Sophia, you will take a short walk to to the Sultanahmet Mosque.


The Blue Mosque:

Because of more than 20,000 marvelous turquoise blue Iznik tiles used for interior decoration.

The Blue Mosque was built at the behest of Sultan Ahmed I - a very religious minded king who became a monarch at the very young age of fourteen. In his religious fervor, he decided to construct a mosque to surpass the Ayasofya in all its glory.

He selected the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium for construction. This lies on the southeastern side of the Hippodrome and is a stone`s throw away from the Ayasofya.

He entrusted this challenging work to the poet architect Sedefkar Mehmet Ada. Mehmet Ada began his work in 1609 and it took him seven long years to complete it. This great work was finally completed in 1616.


When you come out of Blue Mosque, go down the road to get to the Underground Cistern.


For the last stop on this half day tour, you will be led to the Grand Bazaar.


The Grand Bazaar:

The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalicarsi, meaning Covered Bazaar) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 64 covered streets and over 4,400 shops which attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice,and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by the type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like. The bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century during the reign of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.


Drive back to port on time.


Restaurants:

During the tour we are going to take you to one of the best restaurants in Istanbul away from the crowds.

While you are in Istanbul you will have the opportunity to taste the famous Turkish Kebab or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many fish restaurants in Istanbul. Do not miss Eminonu in the Old City for a reasonably priced delicious taste of fish.


Turkish Bath:

Especially for night arrival to Istanbul we recommend you experience the Turkish Bath at a real historical bath. These historic buildings capture the history of the Turkish bath in a modern experience.

It is easy to make reservations at one of the baths in Istanbul from your hotel.


Turkish Night:
There are various options to enjoy the Turkish Night Cultural Show, one of which is on a cruise. Sail up the Bosphorus, the waterway between Europe and Asia, as far as the Black Sea, passing under the suspension bridges and viewing the Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions, and modern villas which line the European and Asian coasts.

The panoramic evening view of Istanbul by the Bosphorus and dinner will both be memorable.


Istanbul City Tours:

The city of Istanbul is generally divided into 2 sections. The old city which covers, The Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, the Underground Cistern, the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market, the Ottoman and Byzantine Remains, the Old city walls and many other bazaars and historical remains. Also included is the new city located around Taksim Square and Beyoglu district.


Express Istanbul Old City and Bosphorus Tour:

If you want to make a tour of Istanbul with the Bosphorus tours, please contact us.


Day Trips from Istanbul to Other Cities and Famous Sites:

There are many flights to Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Pamukkale from Istanbul. You can easily make a daily trip to other destinations in Turkey.

Day-1
Istanbul Tours - Underground Cistern, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar

00:00 Meet with your guide and driver at the port exit. Drive to Old City Sultanahmet

00:35 St. Hagia Sophia Museum

01:15 Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque)

02:15 Underground Cistern

02:30 Grand Bazaar

03:55 Return to port

Package Includes:
  • 1 Half Day Istanbul Tour
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Luxury Transportation
  • Entrance fees to sites
  • Lunch
Exclusions:
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages
  • Tips
First Travel (www.travelturkey.com) is an official A Group Travel Agency; member of (TURSAB) Turkish Travel Agencies Associations since 1993. Membership Id 2399
  • All scheduled times are approximate and subject to change due to weather and traffic conditions.
  • Infants are free during our packages. We do charge only taxes for internal flight tickets. Please ask the rate for infants and children. The rate for children is %50 off the package rate.
  • We have English Speaking Guides for all our group tours. Private tours are available in your own language. If you are group of family or friends and need an different language speaking guide, please contact us.
  • Confirmation will be sent at time of booking.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking.
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information:
  • ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time.
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Payment can be made upon pickup with cash.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved so this tour is not recommended for participants with walking difficulties
  • During religious holidays and on Sunday the Grand Bazaar is closed
  • St.Sophia is closed on Monday. This will be replaced with the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici) if your tour is on Monday.
  • Please note that the Blue Mosque is not open for visitation on Fridays as it is closed for religious prayer services. Thus, you will only be able to visit the outside of Blue Mosque area on tours operated on Fridays.
  • This is a regular group tour, but if requested, can be provided as a private tour at an increased cost
  • The regular group tour has a shopping stop included in the tour
  • Pick-up and drop-off service is only provided from the city center hotels including the Old City, Taksim, Beyoglu hotels and the cruise port.
  • Pick up service from outside the city center will be at an additional cost that we will communicate once you give us your exact pick-up location

Our tours are designed for small groups and if you wish to make your package with private guide and transportation we can arrange it.
If You want to book this tour private please complete your reservation from private book button.


Tour availability days Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun From December 2015 till December 2017

Infiants (0 - 6 yrs) are free during our packages. We do charge only taxes for internal flight tickets. Please ask rate for infiants and children. The rate for children (7-11 yrs) %50 off from the package rate.

0 €
Infant
20 €
Child 7-11 yrs
55 €
Adult