|Learn about one of the world's most intriguing empires with our exclusive Ottoman Heritage tour|
The Ottoman Empire was a giant mosaic of ethnic groups, religions, and civilizations formed by Greeks, Armenians, Sephardic Jews, Levantines: Venetians and Genoese, Caucasians, Balkans: Gypsies, Albanians, Macedonians, Hungarians, and Turks. İt lasted nearly seven hundred years and its founder, Osman and his family ruled the empire for 36 generations. During this time they built countless palaces, pavilions, mosques, madrasas, bazaars, and other buildings in and around Istanbul.
We will start the tour by visiting the Blue Mosque, also known as the mosque of Sultan Ahmet, built in the classic Ottoman style and is located just in front of Hagia Sophia. We then head to the Topkapi Palace, the private residence of the Sultan and the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. The second stop will be the Süleymaniye Mosque and Complex, a masterpiece designed by the famous Ottoman architect Sinan on one of the seven hills of the historical peninsula. We will then walk towards the Spice Bazaar, one of the most colorful and aromatic places in the city. It's time to cross the Galata Bridge, the bridge over the bay of Golden Horn and one of the most iconic landmarks of Istanbul. After a stop for lunch, we will visit one of Istanbul's hidden gems, Kılıç Ali Pasha Mosque, a charming mosque built on an artificial island on the Bosphorus Strait. The last stop will be at the Tophane fountain, the third biggest historical fountain of Istanbul with four facades decorated with Ottoman calligraphy and floral motifs.
|Including: Licensed English speaking guide, Transportation with A/C vehicles, Lunch, Entrance fees, All taxes|
|Excluding: Beverages at lunch, Tips, Personel expenses|