Istanbul Landmarks - Shore excursion/Istanbul Port
• Take in several landmarks included in Istanbul’s UNESCO World Heritage site designation.
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• Visit the 17th-century Blue Mosque, which features six minarets and an interior showcasing 21,000 blue-green Iznik tiles.
• See the remains of the hippodrome, popular for sporting events during Constantinople’s heyday.
• View breathtaking Hagia Sophia, which many historians consider the 8th Wonder of the World.
• Look up at Hagia Sophia’s soaring minarets, added in the 15th century after the Ottoman conquest.
• Discover an astonishing amount of merchandise available at over 4,000 shops of the Grand Bazaar.
Visit several iconic landmarks recognized by UNESCO as pearls of Istanbul’s World Heritage site designation and roam a bustling bazaar on this arresting tour. Travel to the early 17th-century Blue Mosque, the world’s only mosque featuring six minarets, and whose colorful moniker derives from the 21,000 blue-green Iznik tiles that adorn the interior. Nearby, you’ll notice the remains of the city’s ancient hippodrome, once a popular circus for entertainment and sporting events, especially chariot racing, during the glory days of Constantinople. Visit remarkable Hagia Sophia, first erected by Emperor Constantine in AD 325 as a Greek Orthodox Christian basilica, later converted to an Ottoman imperial mosque and now a museum, a storied sanctuary nominated by many historians to be the 8th Wonder of the World. Gaze at the sculptural minarets towering above the dome and learn they were added in 1453 after Istanbul’s conquest. You’ll enjoy an approximately one-hour stroll through the spectacular Grand Bazaar, Turkey’s oldest and largest covered marketplace, and find a staggering wealth of merchandise in its more than 4,000 shops, a delightful end to your illuminating excursion.
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When visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees should be covered. The Blue Mosque is a place of worship, and women are required to wear a head covering when entering. Head coverings are available at the Blue Mosque entrance at no charge. There is no need to cover the face as the covering is meant to hide a woman's hair only. Men should wear long trousers
Comfortable, sensible slip-on shoes are recommended.
A hat, sunscreen and sun glasses are suggested
Wear casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.