After you’ve enjoyed the hotel’s sumptuous breakfast offering, get ready to embark on your private half day city tour of Istanbul, where your local Destinology guide is on hand to take you on a cultural and historical journey through Istanbul’s intrepid past.
Starting off with the famous Hagia Sophia at almost 1,500 years old it's one of the city’s great marvels of architecture. Now a museum, this ever-present beauty has been in a tug-of-war for most of its existence, living its life as a Byzantine cathedral, a Greek Orthodox cathedral, a Roman Catholic cathedral and finally an imperial Ottoman mosque.
It's then time to move on to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, or Blue Mosque as it is popularly known. Sitting pretty next to the Hagia Sophia, interiors are covered in hand-painted blue tiles while the exterior is adorned in blue lighting at night framing the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes for a stunning spectacle.
Finally, it’s time to shop like the locals with a trip to the Grand Bazaar: this ancient shopping centre is often regarded as one of the world’s first shopping malls and offers the perfect opportunity to haggle yourself some local Ottoman treasures, hand-woven Anatolian rugs or take in the sights, sounds and smells over Turkish coffee and Turkish mint tea with a local pastry.
After the tour is complete you're free to spend the rest of your day exploring Istanbul at leisure or enjoy the facilities of your hotel where your local guide will return you.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Grand Bazaar of Istanbul