Meet your guide at your Istanbul hotel or port, and make the trip to the Hippodrome Square in a comfortable, air conditioned coach. Learn about the ancient games and races that took place on this spot during the era of ancient Roman emperors, and hear about the political movements and revolts that have raged across the public square.
Continue to the stunning Blue Mosque to see the intricate Iznik tiles that line its elegant domes, then explore Istanbul’s Christian heritage and history at the St. Sophia Museum in Hagia Sophia. Find out about the Byzantine-era basilica’s ground-breaking architecture, and follow its history through the twists and turns of Byzantine, Ottoman and modern-day politics.
Get a taste of daily life in Istanbul at the sprawling Grand Bazaar, where you’ll find traders from around the region and vibrant displays of perfume, spices, carpets and precious stones. Learn about the traditional art of Turkish carpet weaving, then finish the day with return transfer to your Istanbul hotel or port.