Discover the Sultan Ahmet Center, the heart of the Old City and visit the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, the Grand Covered Bazaar and relax on a private boat cruise all in one day with an Istanbul daily gold combo tour!
Experience one of the most beautiful sights in the world, touring "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. After disembarking, enter the Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
View the Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
At the Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. See the Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
Travel to the Grand Covered Bazaar, known as the most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.
Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant, before continuing to your Bosphorus Cruise on Plan Tours’ private boat enjoying the straits of both Europe and Asia with a possibility to photograph the unique beauties of the Bosphorus. Witness the Rumeli Fortress (from the boat - no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus, a unique example of military architecture.
Once off the boat you will see the Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbor of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. Pass the residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities, then drive past the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age. Cable car (teleferique) to Pierre Loti Coffee House.