Your day begins with a hotel or port pick-up at your desired time. Visit St. Sophia, (closed on Mondays) one of the great architectural marvels of the ancient world, constructed as a basilica in 536 AD. It became a mosque in 1453 and operates as a museum today. Marvel at the vastness of its interior and its magnificent dome.
Facing the church is the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque), famous for its mosaics made from some 20,000 blue Iznik tiles, and its six minarets. Built in the 17th century, it survives as one of the most beautiful examples of classical Turkish art.
Next, pass through the Hippodrome, scene of Byzantine chariot races, athletic events, victory celebrations, and political activities. You can also see the Obelisk of Egypt, Serpent Column from Delphi, German Fountain of Wilhelm II, and the Colossus. Make your way to the Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundays), the world’s biggest souk, with nearly 4,000 shops filled with antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, ceramics, and leatherware. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel or port.