Istanbul impresses visitors with its long history and with the plethora of monuments that has. Indeed, the city attracts millions of holiday makers every year as it has everything needed for pleasurable, joyful and adventurous vacations. Visitors of Istanbul are able to find a variety of excursions and activities in order to explore the city and experience its vibrant atmosphere. However, among the most interesting activities are the walking tours. Ottoman Relics Tour enables holiday makers to stroll around the city while observing and visiting some of the most known places of interest.
If you are in search for some extra exploration about culture and history, then the Ottoman Relics walking tour is a perfect option. This half-day walking tour is ideal for solo travellers, families and group of friends. Joining the Ottoman Relics tour allows you to learn interesting information about the history of Istanbul and visit the most significant Ottoman monuments of the city centre.
This exciting, yet informative tour takes place every day, all year around. Thus, on a pre-arranged time, a fully air conditioned and comfortable car will pick you up from your hotel (Only Central Hotels). The vehicle will drive you towards the meeting point at the city centre. There, a professional tour guide will be waiting in order to welcome you. The experienced tour guide will be responsible to provide important and interesting descriptions about the places you are about to visit.
The first stop of this half-day walking tour will take place at the Sultans’ Tombs. This monument can be found at the back side of Hagia Sophia and is accessible by a separate entrance. In fact, it is a small courtyard in which several small buildings are found, looking like small mosques. Inside, there are five great Sultans of the Ottoman era, as well as members of their families, in sarcophagus. What makes this monument truly impressive is the decoration that features colourful tiles with flower motives. It must be noted that on Monday this monument is closed. Thus, the schedule is modified to include a visit at Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.
The second stop of this half-day tour will take you towards Topkapi Palace. This particular monument is probably the most visited in Turkey as it holds a great importance for the local population. In fact, this impressive building used to be the residence of the Ottoman Sultans and features an impressive architectural style with multiple rooms.
Today, Topkapi Palace hosts a museum. Inside, visitors can observe Ottoman costumes worn by the Sultans, jewelleries and precious stones from that era. If you are interested to visit the Harem room, you must be informed that it is subject to extra entrance fees, which are not included in the tour’s price. As this is the last stop of your half-day, afternoon walking tour, a bus will transfer you back to your hotel full of emotions and great memories.
Explore Istanbul with an exciting and interesting afternoon walking tour. The Ottoman Relics Tour is a perfect excursion for those who wish to proceed with some sightseeing of the major Ottoman monuments that the city has. As it takes place during the afternoon, the tour will also be an excellent opportunity to feel the energy and the vibes of the city while walking around. Discover the hidden secrets and unfold the city’s history with a memorable and enjoyable afternoon walking tour.
Pick up: This walking tour starts when a comfortable vehicle picks you up from your hotel. You will be transferred at a central location in order to meet the professional tour guide.
Professional tour guide: During this afternoon walking tour you will be accompanied by a professional tour guide. The guide will be the person in charge to assist you and guide you through the places of interest. In addition, the guide will provide important details about these monuments.
Sultans’ Tombs: The first stop of this tour is scheduled to take place at the Sultans’ Tombs. This monument is located at the courtyard of Hagia Sophia in small mosque-like buildings. Inside, visitors can observe the sarcophagus of five Sultans and their family members. An interesting highlight of this monument is the interior design of the rooms. Colourful tiles and flower motives are among the most impressive details. Participants should know that this particular monument is closed on Mondays. Therefore, the schedule will be modified in order to include a visit at the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.
Topkapi Palace: Then, you will visit one of Turkey’s most known and most visited monuments, the Topkali Palace. This magnificent and majestic building used to be the residence of the Ottoman Sultans during the Ottoman period. With multiple rooms and separate structures, the Palace unfolds the history of the Ottoman era. Visitors are able to tour around the monument which is currently a museum. Among the most interesting and important collections are the costumes that Sultans were wearing, their jewelleries and a special collection of precious stones.
Return: The approximate duration of this half-day afternoon tour is 4 hours. Thus, when your last visit is over, a comfortable and modern bus will transfer you back to your place of accommodation. This magnificent walking tour will offer you an alternative and exciting sightseeing experience.
I joined this tour mainly because of the Topkapi and in the end I realised that there are many other, equally interesting, ottoman sites. I mean, wow! Ok, Topkapi was exactly what I expected. It’s enormous and a true architectural and design wonder. All the exhibits were stunning and each of them had its own unique history. We also went to the sultans’ tombs and the guide told us some interesting infos about them. This tour was a great addition to our schedule.