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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  4 hours (approx.)
Spend the morning exploring Istanbul's Ottoman past at the enchanting Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.

Highlights

  • Four-hour morning tour of Istanbul's most famous Ottoman relics
  • Hippodrome and Obelisk
  • Ottoman architecture and museums of Topkapi Palace
  • Shopping for bargain souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central Istanbul hotels

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

Turkish lamps at the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Blue Mosque:
One of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.



Topkapi Palace:
The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi was the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. Note, the Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.


Hippodrome and Obelisk:
The Hippodrome was once the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history. Today it is a city park called the At Meydanı (Horse Grounds) because of its function in Ottoman times. The Hippodrome includes the 3500-year-old Egyptian granite Obelisk, brought to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in 390 AD.


Please note: On Fridays the Blue Mosque will be closed until 2.30pm for prayer.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great experience. This was a small group of 10, picked up on time and spent a half day in Istanbul. Great service from our guide gudyi and very interesting to visit the mosque and palace. Have a guide and tickets got us through the long lines easily. We would recommend this for anyone visiting Turkey.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We had a great guide who arrived promptly to pick us up and was very professional in giving commentary. We have been happy with Neon Tours in Turkey.

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