Half Day Highlights of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires

Half Day Highlights of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires Tour (Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque)
Price: $62.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Scenic, Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress Shoulders and knees should be covered during visits to religious sites. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Restrictions This tour is not handicap accessible.

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 to learn about the success and glory of the Ottoman Empire.

As the second-largest mosque in the city, the Suleymaniye Mosque is one of 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.

Please note: Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  5 ReviewsReview This Tour
Half day Istanbul
September 15, 2022
It was amazing! Doran our guide was perfect. He took us after the tour was over to some of the best food I’ve ever eaten.
Reviewer: Quinn Goeckeritz
5 Stars
May 31, 2022
excellent tour. very informative. Guide very professional and determined to ensure we saw as much of Istanbul as possible.
Reviewer: Isobel Yates
5 Stars
Shore Excursions - Fantastic !!
March 02, 2015
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: Flocel
5 Stars
An eye-opening excursion
February 16, 2015
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 !
Reviewer: Ms Terry
5 Stars
Excellent tour of Istanbul
May 20, 2014
Tours of the Hagia Sophia Mosque and the Blue Mosque were excellent.
Reviewer: kg
4 Stars