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Your guide will take you through the crowded old business quarters of Istanbul to the Old Town, to start your private tour by exploring in the morning the Topkapi Palace that was the center of Ottoman Empire’s Government Seat ruling most of the Middle East and the Eastern Europe from this palace for 500 years.
Explore the breath-taking grounds, domes, porticos, terraces and great halls of the Palace, marvel at its exhibits of costumes, Chinaware, jewels and manuscripts, gaze at its marble and tile covered walls, royal chambers and gardens of tulips and roses, its views of the Sea, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.
Next visit will be to the Blue Mosque – the masterpiece of 17th century Ottoman Architecture, famous for its unique hand made original Iznik Tiles impressing the guests with their rich dominant blue colors and oriental patterns.
After having lunch (at your own cost) your private tour will continue with a visit to World famous Hagia Sophia which is one of the most extraordinary constructions in the history of architecture.
The awesome building inspired countless generations by its colossal definition of what the ideal interior space in a domed basilica should be and with its innovations in weight-support and construction techniques.
The last visit of the day will be to the Grand Covered Bazaar, more dazzling than any other oriental bazaar, built in 1461 and in service ever since. Everything imaginable in the world is for sale here, glittering gold and silver jewelry, antique tiles, leather, souvenirs.
Just seeing and experiencing this fascinating bazaar is a memorable experience.