Istanbul; the historical peninsula
Tour Code : DAT 01
– Explore Istanbul’s historical peninsula Sultanahmet
– Design your own tailor made trip
– Blue Mosque; Hagia Sophia; Topkapi Palace
– Istanbul Archaeology Museum & Basilica Cistern
– The Grand Bazaar (Covered Bazaar/Kapali Carsi)
Jan / Feb / Mar / Apr / May / Jun / Jul / Aug / Sep / Oct / Nov / Dec
Duration of the Trip
= A (Easy)
At your request we would be happy to arrange your overnight accommodation; add pre & post tour arrangements to your trip.
You can also combine your Istanbul visit with our exciting itineraries.
Please contact us for more information.
Day 1 : Istanbul; the historical peninsula
Meet at the Hotel’s Lobby (at around 09:00/09:30 am) with Demavend Travels Tour Leader for a fascinating Trip through Istanbul’s historical peninsula; known as Sultanahmet;
Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, was the hub of the Ottoman Empire, and many of the grand buildings of this period are present today. You could easily spend a week in this city and still not have seen all the sites.
Design your own tailor made Trip; a unique experience, developed according to your most personal desires;
Advisable sites and options for the day are;
The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) was built between 1609 and 1616. The design of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the culmination of two centuries of both Ottoman mosque and Byzantine church development. It incorporates some Byzantine elements of the neighbouring Hagia Sophia with traditional Islamic architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period.
The Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral. The building was a mosque from 1453 until 1931, when it was secularized. It was opened as a museum on February 1935.
The Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years of their 624 year reign. As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a major tourist attraction and contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including Muhammad’s cloak and sword. The Topkapi Palace is among the monuments contained within the “Historic Areas of Istanbul”, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
The Istanbul Archaeology Museum; consists of three museums and houses over one million objects that represent almost all of the eras and civilizations in world history. The facade of the building was inspired by the Alexander Sarcophagus and Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women, both housed inside the Museum. The Istanbul Archaeology Museums consist also the Sarcophagus of the Crying Women, Parts of statues from the Temple of Zeus found at Bergama, Busts of Alexander the Great and Zeus and fragments from the temple of Athena at Assos.
The Hippodrome square was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydani (Sultan Ahmet Square) and largely follows the ground plan and dimensions of the now vanished Hippodrome. The surviving monuments of the Spina (the middle barrier of the racecourse), the two obelisks (Obelisk of Thutmose III & Walled Obelisk) and the Serpentine Column, now sit in holes in a landscaped garden.
The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Ancient texts indicated that the basilica contained gardens, surrounded by a colonnade and facing the Hagia Sophia, Historical texts claim that 7,000 slaves were involved in the construction of the cistern.
The Grand Bazaar (Covered Bazaar/Kapali Carsi) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily.
The Spice Bazaar; (or Egyptian Bazaar) is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar; it has a total of 85 shops selling spices, Turkish delight and other sweets, jewellery, souvenirs, and dried fruits and nuts. The bazaar was (and still is) the centre for spice trade in Istanbul.
Meals: – / – / –
ON = Overnight accommodation / B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
– Demavend Travel English speaking Tour Leader (from 09:00/09:30 h – 18:00:18:30 h)
– All International and Domestic Flights
– Travel insurance
– All kind of Transports and transfers
– All kind of Soft and Alcoholic drinks, Bottled Water, Tea & Coffee
– Meals other than stated in the Itinerary
– All kind of personal expenses
– All kind of Entrance fees for historical and natural sites
– All kind of optional activities
– Personal Equipment
Contact Demavend Travel for Hotels at Sultanahmet/Sirkeci District; choose your accommodation;
decide on class & standard; whether 3*; 4*; 5* star and/or Boutique Hotel / Special Class Luxury Hotel.