Day 2 - Istanbul
Get picked up from your hotel by your guide and start the tour with the highlights of Istanbul. Marvel at the Topkapi Palace, a great monument of oriental architecture which houses exhibits of art, books, jewels, plates, costumes, the treasury, and the Holy Relics. More than just an Imperial Residence of the Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years. Then, Visit the Hippodrome with its 4 monuments – the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. The Hippodrome was the former centre of sportive and political activities in Constantinople.
Afterwards, see the beautiful Hagia Sophia, the most well-preserved church structure in the world. In Hagia Sophia, the ancient cultures of east and west speak to you with a clear voice. Admire the great blend of Christian and Islamic influences with the beautiful interior of mosaics and significant history.
Our last route is the Blue Mosque, built in the early 1600s for Sultan Ahmed. The Blue Mosque is truly a magnificent masterpiece of architecture with amazingly delicate proportions for a building of such a massive scale. The blue shade of the 27.000 pieces of Iznik quart tiles give the mosque its popular name and the 6 towering minarets give it its uniquely recognizable structure. Stay overnight in Istanbul.