Meet your guide at the pier for your half day tour. Start touring with a visit to the reputedTopkapi Palace which served as the residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 15th to 19th centuries. Serving more than just a private residence for the sultan and his family, it was also the seat of the supreme executive council called Divan. Today, the palace is a museum holding a wealth of treasures among which we can count an exquisite collection of precious gems and gold, jewellery, wardrobes of the sultans and their families, miniatures, thrones, chamber of Sacred Relics and one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese porcelain. You may also explore the Harem section which offers a glimpse into the lives of the Ottoman imperial family and those who served them.
Next stop will be at the famous Rustem Pasa Mosque designed by the court architect Sinan. Built in 1561, it is considered to be a skillful accomplishment of the famous architect. Exquisite and colorful Iznik tiles in floral and geometrical designs decorate the superbly proportioned interior and the mosque is a typical sample of Islamic architecture amidst the rows of shops near Spice Bazaar.
Any service in Istanbul which ends after 1:00 pm goes into a FULL DAY charge in terms of guide and transportation.
The above rates include:
Complimentary water on board the van throughout the tour
Local transportation by a private chauffeur driven deluxe van with A/C
Services of professional English-speaking tour guide who licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and expert on Turkey’s history and culture.
Any entrance fees to the sites and museums, lunches and/or dinners, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, personal expenses and gratuity to guides & drivers.
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