Best of Istanbul is an ultimate private city tour allowing you to see and try the best sights of Istanbul in a full day without comprimising from first class service. The tour is the best option for cruise ship travelers and for those who have limited time for sightseeing in Istanbul.
We start our full day in Istanbul with the highlights of the city. Istanbul has been the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and out tour starts at the Roman Hippodrome where once wild animals fought and gladiators waged numerous battles. The Roman Hippodrome is built in 203 by the mighty Emperor Septimus Severus.
We will continue our tour with the famous Sultanahmet Mosque also known as Blue Mosque which is a masterpiece of architecture from 17th century. Located in the very heart of the historical peninsula of Istanbul, Sultanahmet Mosque is built in 1616 by Architect Mehmet Aga for Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I. Wouldn’t you like to discover the ethereal workmanship in its domes, mastership of its fine blue Iznik tiles and fine details of its exterior with us?
Another world famous highlight of Istanbul is the Museum of Haghia Sophia which is built in 537 as a Greek Orthodox Cathedral and it means Holy Wisdom. It continued to serve its millions of visitors as a mosque since 1453 and now is a museum since 1935. Be prepared to be captivated by an extensive interior design, authentic historical mosaics at Haghia Sophia Museum offering the best examples of Oriental and Western art to its visitors.
Istanbul is full of masterpieces built by emperors. Our tour continues with Topkapi Palace which is located at one of the most beautiful and renowned historical spots of glamorous Istanbul on a hill dominating the turquoise view of the Bosporus for over 400 years serving as the headquarters of Ottoman Empire and home for Ottoman Sultans. Topkapi Palace is the first museum of Republic of Turkey and continues to be one of the largest palace museums in the world with its architectural structures, several collections and an archive of more than 300.000 documents.
The last stop of our tour will be the oldest shopping mall of the world, Grand Bazaar offering beautiful sights for the sore eyes with its 4400 shops, 61 streets and 2 Bedesten (inner covered bazaars). The Grand Bazaar has been elected as the best Tourist Attraction Sight most visited in the world in 2015 by Travel & Leisure magazine followed by Times Square in New York City as the second most visited site.