Istanbul, Turkey

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Overview

Follow in the footsteps of Ottoman sultans, Islamic scholars and Byzantine emperors on a half-day Istanbul tour that takes in three fascinating destinations. Explore the 15th-century Topkapi Palace, where you’ll discover a trove of art and artifacts from around the world, and architecture that evokes a dramatic era of court and harem intrigues in the seraglio. Browse handicrafts at a onetime madrasa, then take in the Roman, Egyptian and Ottoman monuments at Hippodrome Square, once the site of Byzantine games and chariot races.
  • Half-day, Istanbul tour including Topkapi Palace
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • Explore the city with an experienced guide
  • Visit key sites in the Sultanahmet
  • Hotel pickup included
  • Entrance fees included
Meet your guide and group at your centrally located Istanbul hotel or the cruise port, and travel to Topkapi Palace through the winding streets of the Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s atmospheric old city. Follow your guide through the corridors of Topkapi Palace, where the Ottoman sultans lived for 400 years surrounded by gracious courtyards and elegant gardens.
Continue to Caferaga Madrasa, an Islamic school turned handicraft center, and shop for artwork and crafts made by students at a local cultural school. This is the perfect place to pick up Turkish water paintings in brilliant colors, or to simply watch the artists at work.
Make a final stop at Hippodrome Square, which was the site of chariot races, celebrations, riots and executions through the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Discover monuments left by invading armies and emperors, from the Serpent Column to a pair of historic obelisks. Finish the day at Sultanahmet Square, a centrally located plaza that’s convenient to old city restaurants, sights and shops.
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