Explore the great palace of the Ottoman sultans, Topkapi Palace and the architectural history of Istanbul's most famous mosques on this full-day Islamic tour.
What to Expect
Istanbul has been a center of religion for centuries. After the Ottoman period, Islam spread throughout the city. Your tour will start at 9:00am with a hotel pick-up.
Head toward Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, Chinese porcelain and robes worn by the sultans and their families. The palace also houses the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury and the Holy Mantle enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
Across from Hagia Sophia, the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior of blue Iznik tiles. The first mosque in Istanbul was built in Kadikoy, the Asian side of the city, which was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1353. The first mosque on the European side of Istanbul was built inside the Rumeli Castle in 1452.
The Eyup Sultan Mosque (1458) was the first grand mosque built in the city proper while the first imperial mosque inside the city walls was the Fatih Mosque (1470). It was built on the site of the Church of the Holy Apostles, an important Byzantine church which was originally constructed during the time of Constantine the Great.
- Transfer from/ to your hotel in Istanbul
- All entrance fees
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guide
What's Not Included
- International flights
- Personal expenses
Know Before You Go
• Inside the mosques, please cover your shoulders and knees