Half Day Highlights of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires
Explore the wonders of Turkey on this Istanbul sightseeing tour and you will see what this city truly has to offer. Experience the architectural beauty of the Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque with time left over to shop in the famous Spice Markey.
The Topkapi Palace once housed the great Ottoman Sultans of history and now functions as a museum. At the Topkapi Palace you will see imperial treasury as well as weapons, Chinese porcelain, calligraphy and many more fascinating artifacts. Travel back in time at this historical landmark that to learn about the success and glory of the Ottoman Empire.
As the second largest mosque in the city, the Suleymaniye Mosque is one the masterpieces of Ottoman architecture. This mosque was built in the 16th century on the order of Sultan Suleyman. Like other famous mosques in the city, the blend of Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements makes it a very famous and imposing structure.
On this half day Istanbul tour, you will also visit the bustling Spice Market. This Spice Bazaar is one of the largest in the city. Spend time exploring the diversity of products and maybe buy a present for loved ones back at home. This fully packed half-day tour of Istanbul has the perfect combination of sites to make the most of your time.
Our tour guide Unal in Turkey is a very good man! He really did his job by explaining from start to finish of our tour in Istanbul. We recommend the tour!!!
Reviewer: Ms Terry
All sites were thoroughly explained by our guide. Since there were only four people on this excursion we were able to ask many questions. We even got to add a side trip to one of the ancient reservoirs under the city. What a great excursion !
Tours of the Hagia Sophia Mosque and the Blue Mosque were excellent.