Guided tour of Istanbul with the view of magnificent Blue Mosque.
Today visit the Hippodrome (Serpent Column, Obelisk of Theodosius & German Fountain of Wilhelm): Visit the
square once used as a sporting arena predating Constantinople itself. Though a few fragments of the original
structure survive, the square still boasts some of the most glorious monuments built in this great city. The Serpent
Column, Obelisk of Theodosius & German Fountain of Wilhelm are the ancient treasures to be seen. Later proceed
to St. Sophia - this architectural wonder was a former Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Basilica, built in the 4th century
by Constantine the Great. Following the capture of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453, Mehmet the
Conqueror declared the Hagia Sophia a mosque and it was considered as one of the holiest Islamic temples of the
world. Finally under the order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the Council of Ministers the Hagia Sophia opened as
a museum in 1935. View the Blue Mosque, this breath-taking building is one of the most majestic Ottoman
mosques in all of Turkey. We will see Basilica Cistern, a giant underground cistern built by Justinian in 532 to
provide water to the city in cases of siege. Then we will see the Grand Bazaar, the largest and most famous covered
bazaars of Istanbul dating back to 15th century.
Overnight in Istanbul.