(Full Day Tour – minimum 4 guests)
Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest imperial mosque and one of the best-known sights of İstanbul. Built by the Court Architect Master Sinan on the order of Süleyman The Magnificent. The mosque crowns İstanbul on a hilltop dominating Golden Horn. In the garden, there are two mausoleums: Tomb of Sultan Süleyman I and his wife Hürrem Sultan (Roxelana). Outside the walls is the Tomb of Master Architect Sinan.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets,
built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. (Visit is not possible on Friday because of crowded noon prayer)
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Monuments decorating the Hippodrome are the Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum is housed in the former palace of İbrahim Paşa, the Grand Vizier to Süleyman the Magnificent. Before being converted into a museum, palace served as a prison,
a home for foreign ambassadors, a clothing factory and barracks. Today, the museum contains beautifully displayed examples; illuminated Qurans and Turkish carpets collection which is rated as one of the best in the world and attracts serious carpet enthusiasts. Historical Ottoman Mansion presenting a rich collection of Turkish Carpets. Lunch.
Afternoon visit to Yıldız Palace overlooking the Bosphorus which became the 4th administration center of the empire following the Old Palace, Topkapı Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace. You will enjoy the gorgeous flowers of the Yıldız Palace Gardens and will have the chance to experience
a marveleous view of the Bosphorus through the peaceful green of this public site.
Free time for a tea break at the Şale Kiosk, former Sultan’s residence from the Ottoman Period.