Istanbul is famous for its holy mosques and Ottoman architecture. Dominating an empire for close to 500 years, the Ottoman Sultans realized the importance of these sacred sites of all faith and preserved and protected them. In Istanbul you will see a rich heritage of religious and civil architecture, of mosques and tombs and of sites of faith. Pure Trip has devised the Islamic Istanbul Tour for inspiration in these holy lands which transports you back in time to the height of the Ottoman Empire and fills you with awe inspiring achievements of the Muslims of the past. Apart from historical knowledge with diverse cultural experiences, this trip is sure to give you a boost of emaan and spiritual inspiration.
The 5 star luxury hotel with breakfast is Located in Sultanahmet; short walking distance from the main attractions. It is an ultra luxurious property with swimming pools, sun loungers and parasols which are ideal for relaxation. A poolside snack bar is also available and there is a variety of leisure options to choose from including a gym, a spa, a sauna, a steam bath, a hammam and massage treatments.
Your tour starts with a brief stop at the Hippodrome, once the sporting and social centre of the Roman capital of Constantinople and still home to a few remaining obelisks. Continue on to the Byzantine basilica, Hagia Sophia, where 30 million gold tesserae (tiny mosaic tiles) create stunning mosaics and the great calligraphic panes line the interior.
Put your haggling skills to the test and find a bargain at the Grand Bazaar, or simply observe the trade of diamonds, perfume, food, and rugs, before moving on to the Sultan Ahmet-inspired masterpiece—The Blue Mosque. Admire the mosque’s finely decorated Ottoman tiles and stained-glass windows and learn about the lives of pasty royalty at the solemn Tomb of Sultan Ahmet.
After lunch, meander through the regal rooms of the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. See the imperial treasury and its collection of Chinese porcelain, costumes, and weaponry, and complete your day with a visit to the 16th-century Rustem Pasha Mosque, home too many of the finest Ottoman tile-works.
- Opulent halls, gardens & regal rooms of Topkapi Palace
- Majestic domes of the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia basilica
- Dazzling tilework of the Blue Mosque & Rustem Pasha Mosque
- Thrilling shopping experience at the bustling Grand Bazaar
- Expert commentary from your knowledgeable local guide
2 adults sharing double room: £375 per person
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