Istanbul airport lay-over private tour
- Personalized itinerary
- Blue Mosque
- Topkapi Palace
- Hagia Sophia
- Underground cistern
All about the trip
Following your pick-up from the Airport our local guide takes us to the Sultan Ahmet Square and visit; Hagia Sophia; Built in 537 AD as the world’s first large dome building it was the religious focal point of the Orthodox Church before its conversion to a Muslim Mosque. We have a look at its unique decoration from Byzantine and Turkish periods. Then we enjoy a short walk across to Blue Mosque; Built in 17th century it owes its fame to the exquisite Iznik Tiles. Hippodrome is the next highlight which we will see, as well as the Egyptian Obelisk and Serpent Column at this ancient Roman Empire’s horse chariots races arena. We then go to the underground cistern which is the size of a cathedral; it is 143m long and 65m wide and can hold up to 80,000 cubic meters (or 17.5 million gallons) of water. There are 336 giant columns (mostly Ionic or Corinthian in style) supporting the structure in 12 rows of 28 columns. After lunch at a local restaurant we visit the amazing Topkapi Palace; which from 15th to the 19th Century was the principle residence of the Turkish Ottoman Empire. Our guide gives a tour at the gardens halls where we view staggering collection of imperial and religious treasury golden thrones and emerald crowns. After the tour, we will drive you back to the airport.
What is included in the price
- Skip the Line admission fees for Topkapi Palace
- All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
- Pickup from and drop off to Ataturk Airport (IST)
- Land transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle
- Parking fees
What is not included in the price
- Tip to the guide and driver (optional)
- Meals and beverage
Complete flight information (flight number time of arrival and departure) must be provided at the time of the booking.
Please note that the booking time will be changed depending on your flight schedule.
The included museums can be changed with other ones no extra fee.
Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and will be replaced with Grand Bazaar
Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday and will be replaced with Grand Bazaar.
This activity is organised by Tour Altinkum Travel (Kusadasi Tour), Ikicesmelik Mah. Suleyman Demirel Blv. Melis Apt. B-Blok D:5 5, Kusadasi, 09400, Turkey, +90 256 633 62 78, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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