For those who arrive in Istanbul on cruises, Tourquia recommends our Classic Istanbul tour, in which we offer you in the short space of time of your visit all that you can not miss, providing the most select and exclusive services, so you can enjoy An unforgettable visit to Istanbul.
Our excursion includes:
Visit the Basilica of St. Sophia, glory of Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and tiles, the Roman Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world, with more than 4 thousand 400 stores.
Alida del Puerto in private vehicle accompanied by the guide.
The square in front of the Blue Mosque corresponds to the place of the old Hippodrome, one of the most famous monuments of Byzantine Constantinople. It was later used as a resting place for the Ottoman troops and was called “At Meydani” horse square. There we can admire the following wonders of the Byzantine Empire: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, the German Fountain and the Column of Constantine.
It is one of the most emblematic buildings of Istanbul, with its cupola and semi-domes in the shape of a waterfall and its six elegant minarets that accent the angles of the mosque and courtyard. Its walls are covered with beautiful Iznik tiles.
Basilica of Saint Sophia
One of the most extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture. It was a Byzantine cathedral for 9 centuries and a mosque for another 5. For 70 years it has been a museum open to the public.
This bazaar was founded in the Ottoman era by Sultan Mehmet II “the Conqueror”. The big bazaar is a small city. According to an 1880 survey, the bazaar had 4,399 stores, 2195 workshops, 497 looms, 12 warehouses, 18 fountains, 12 small mosques, also a large mosque, a primary school and a tomb. The number of commercial establishments was more or less the same as today, although half a dozen restaurants, many cafeterias, two banks, bathrooms and an information center have been added.
Return to the ship.
We remind you that this exclusive route is a guided tour by our qualified professionals, in which it has a wide range of luxury vehicles for private transportation around the city, and we assure you that the restaurants in which you will delight culinary are a selection of the most outstanding of Istanbul. We put at your disposal everything you need to make your trip a resounding success.