Istanbul Dolmabahce Tour

Tour 1 – Dolmabahce, Chora (Kariye) & Pierre Loti.
Meeting at the hotel reception at 08:30am
We will visit the “Selamlik” chambers of the incredible 19th c. Dolmabahce Palace. Kariye Church (Chora museum) with its 14th c mosaics and frescoes, depicting scenes from the Bible. Tekfur Sarayı (Porphyrogenetus) last extant Byzantine imperial palace, is just a shell, but it gives a fine idea of what the emperor’s residence might have looked like in Byzantine times. Closed for extensive restorations in 2006 and is not yet open, though you can get a glimpse from the outside. We continue along the ancient city walls then visit Pierre Loti Hill with a view of the Golden Horn. We walk down to Eyup Imperial Mosque and tomb of the standard bearer of Mohammed. Visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, considered to be one of the masterpieces of architect Sinan. Return to Hotel around 17:00pm
Departure: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

CLOSING DAYS OF MUSEUMS IN ISTANBUL

SUN : Grand Covered Bazaar
MON : Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, St. Sophia, Military Museum.
TUE : Topkapi Palace, Military Museum.
WED : Chora (Kariye) Museum, Yedikule, Rumeli Fortress, Sadberk Hanim Museum
THU : Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces
FRI : Most museums are open
SAT : Zulfaris Museum

Abbreviations

B = Breakfast L= Lunch D = Dinner (Lunch excluded on private tours)

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