What to Expect
Our tour of Istanbul begins in the heart of the Old City, Sultanahmet Square. Here, you'll see the most famous landmarks in the city, the Hagia Sophia Museum on one side and the Blue Mosque on the other. Our first stop will be the Hagia Sophia, a magnificent structure originally built as a church more than 1,500 years ago by Emperor Justinian. When the Ottomans conquered Istanbul, it was converted into a mosque. Today, it is a museum where you can see both its Christian and Islamic history together. Next, we will visit the Blue Mosque which gets its name from 20,000 blue, handmade ceramic tiles that decorate the interior walls. It is a beautiful sight to behold! The mosque also has six minarets which is very unusual. Outside the mosque, we will see the Hippodrome. This was the once the busy centre of town hosting chariot races and other entertainment for the city's inhabitants. Today, the Obelisk of Theodosius, Column of Constantine and German Fountain of Kaiser Wilhelm decorate the square. Your guide will tell you the interesting history of these relics and then we'll head to the last stop on the tour, the Caferağa Medresesi. This is an interesting Cultural Centre that hosts a variety of exhibits and workshops on Turkish art, calligraphy, handicrafts, music, etc. Have a look at the interesting displays and you'll definitely broaden your knowledge and understanding of Turkish culture!