Istanbul Ottoman Experience: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

Istanbul Ottoman Experience: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

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      Istanbul, Turkey
      4 Hours
      Moderate
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
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      $ 143
      • Topkapi Palace: See this official residence of the Ottoman emperors for almost 400 years.
      • Blue Mosque: Visit this magnificent mosque commissioned by Sultan Ahmed of the Ottoman Empire
      • Hippodrome: Get a glimpse of the Obelisk at this sporting center of Constantinople.

      Meeting point

      Please exit the port terminal building to meet your guide. Please look for the displayed GoBe logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise us at when you reserve your tour so we can meet you in the lobby.

      Helpful hints

      Shorts and sleeveless tops are not permitted. Knees and shoulders must be covered. Topkapi Palace will be closed on Tuesdays. The Palace will be opened at 1pm during the first day of religious festivities.

      Getting around

      Plan to walk for about 2 miles, over paved and cobbled surfaces and climb steps. This tour may not be suitable for you if your mobility is limited and it is not wheelchair accessible.

      Activity type

      Cultural, Family Friendly, Shopping

      Transportation used

      40-seat Air-conditioned Bus

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-TUR-ISTA-EN-1039

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      Your day will begin with a tour of the beautiful Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque is also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The interior of the Mosque is full of blue tiles that transform the light blue. This is why the Mosque is known as the Blue Mosque. The Mosque has 260 windows and its chamber is made with 20,000 Iznik tiles.

      Your next stop will be at the Topkapi Palace. This is one of the oldest palaces in the world and is full of heirloom treasures and elegant chambers. The palace is located on the Golden Horn coastline. The Golden Horn is full of historical aspects and provides a beautiful view of the city.

      From the Topkapi Palace, you will head to the Hippodrome, the political and sporting center of Constantinople. Learn about the life of the people in the area during the Ottoman Empire. You will also see the Meydani (horse grounds) and the Obelisk. Discover how the ancient Obelisk was transported from Egypt to Constantinople during the 4th century.

      The Blue Mosque - More than Just Beautiful

      The Blue Mosque is one of the greatest structures in the world. It was constructed by one of the students of the famous Ottoman architect, Mimar Sinan, and is a mammoth of beauty with 260 glass windows. However, it’s the 12,000 blue tiles decorating the interior that give the mosque its name. The tiles were brought from Iznik, an area known for producing quality ceramic tiles during the Ottoman Empire. The Blue Mosque features both Byzantine and Ottoman styles and stands out for its six minarets. The mosque was visited by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006 and by Pope Francis in 2014.
       

      Non-refundable if canceled within 48 hours of requested services.

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      Great photo opportunities
      Bring money
      Wear sunscreen
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Hat
      Wear shoulder covering
      Wear Jeans

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