Arrive in Istanbul airport or port, meet your private guide and begin your exploration of Istanbul. Your first stop will be the Hippodrome, where chariot races were held and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. Then the unique monument in world architecture, Hagia Sophia; the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, following the Blue Mosque famous for its six
graceful minarets adorn the elegant mosque, one of the city's most recognizable landmarks. More than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles highlight the superb interior. Today you will visit to discover the opulence of the Ottoman sultans by visiting the
Topkapi Palace and browse through fascinating open-air museums to experience the incredible transformation of power and religions which are deeply rooted in ancient Turkey. Later on you will be exploring the fascinating Grand Bazaar; labyrinth of streets and passages houses more than 4000 shops. Overnight at your hotel.
Today your first visit is the Chora Church; famous for its well-preserved wall-mosaics showing scenes from the Old and New Testament, then the Suleymaniye Mosque; the mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent was built between 1550 and 1557 by the famous architect Sinan whose wish was to surpass the builders of Hagia Sophia.
Continue to visit Underground Cistern; built by Justinian in the 6th century is supported by 336 beautiful columns two of which are carved with the head of Medusa on the plinth.
Enjoy your free time in Spice Bazaar also known as Egyptian Bazaar where you will find variety of different spices all around the country. Explore Istanbul on your own for the rest of your time and transfer to Istanbul airport or port for your flight or cruise.
The above program can be modified according to your preferences.