We begin our tour drive around the Golden Horn and the great walls of Constantinople, we pass Dolmabahce Palace, then cross the Galata Bridge before arriving in Sultanahmet Square where we visit. Topkapi Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapi Palace is now a museum to exhibit works of art and many priceless artifacts and has unrivalled collections of jewellery, including the Spoon maker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world, Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably one of the world’s finest collection of early Chinese ceramics, much of it gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change colour in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armoury, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry, religious artifacts and other priceless relics. But perhaps the loveliest features of Topkapi Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees, and it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Harem section is not included in the program; visits are due to extra entrance fee. The Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest and grandest of Istanbul’s imperial mosques. It dates from the 16th century heyday of the Ottoman Empire, and was designed by Mimar Sinan, the greatest architect of his day and originator of the Classical Ottoman style of architecture. Of the 2,000 structures Sinan designed, Süleymaniye Mosque and its complex of charitable institutions rank among the most important.
This mosque complex once included a soup kitchen, hamam, caravanserai and primary school. Drive a long the Golden Horn past Roman land walls and Byzantine churches.
Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
Half-day tour: 09.00 am - 13:00 pm or 14:00 pm -17:00 pm