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    (Walking Tour) Full Day Tour (Lunch Included)

    HIPPODROME, The center of sport activities with its four monuments; The GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, Egyptian Obelisk, SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.

    The BLUE MOSQUE The most famous mosque of Istanbul which is known as the BLUE MOSQUE as well because of its beautiful blue Iznik tiles. (Visit is not possible on Friday due to quite limited access because of the Friday Prayer)

    St. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. (St. Sophia closed on Monday, replaced with Underground Cistern)

    GRAND BAZAAR(COVERED MARKET) In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brasware and trays, water ewers, onyxware and meerschaum pipers.(Grand Bazaar closed on Sunday)

    LUNCH (Drinks are extra)

    SULTANS TOMBS there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at St. Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, green, blue, and red flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. (Sultans Tombs closed on Monday, replaced with Little Hagia Sophia Mosque)

    TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewellery thrones of sultans, costumes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; CHABER OF SACRED RELICS. (Harem is not included in the program and visit is due to extra entrance fee.)

    Also visioned during the tours

    *AQUADUCT OF VALENS *OBELISK OF THEODOSUS *SERPENTINE COLUMN *GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II

    CLOSED

  • Topkapı Palace on Tuesday
  • Sultans Tombs closed on Monday / Replaced with Little Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • St. Sophia closed on Monday / Replaced with Underground Cistern
  • Grand Bazaar closed on Sunday
  • Blue Mosque closed on Friday due to Prayer
  • Little Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Underground Cistern
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    Nancy Jones

    I recently visited Istanbul with a group of 3 friends on our way through to Europe, our time was limited as we only had two full days in Istanbul but I was put in contact with Ulas from RSL Tours in Turkey, Ulas's command of the English language and knowledge of the city was a great asset to us as he gave suggestions of what we should see and do in the limited time we had and in what order we should do it. He recommended having a private guide who would take us to all,the attractions and also to the other places we wanted to see. On the Saturday morning our guide Dilek met us at our hotel as did Ulas to ensure that everything ran smoothly. The next two days we were left in Dilek's hands and she did a fantastic job of showing us her beautiful city and engrossing us in her knowledge of the history and culture for which Turkey is so well known.

    She had a wonderful personality, a great knowledge of her city and was very passionate about her job, she always wanted to ensure we were happy and just gave us two very memorable days. At the end of the second day, Ulas came back to meet us to ensure all went well and to have a coffee with us before we left.

    I have nothing but great memories of Istanbul and that is thanks to both Ulas and Dilek and RSL Tours, I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone who needs touring and general assistance throughout Turkey and Istanbul.