Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
VIALAND PALACE HOTEL / ISTANBUL (4*) OR SIMILAR
The Hippodrome | Blue Mosque | Topkapi Palace | The St. Sophia Museum | The Grand Bazaar
Today, we will return to Istanbul. After lunch, visit the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace—the seat of the Ottoman Empire after it shifted its capital from Bursa to Istanbul. This palace is a museum today, with a wide collection of kitchen wares and porcelain, treasuries, royal antiques, and courtyards. Then visit the St. Sophia Museum, which is one of the greatest religious and architectural marvels of all time. Then, it's shopping time at the 500-year old Grand Bazaar—a maze of more than 4000 stalls and shops selling local products such as leather apparel, jewelry, souvenirs, handicrafts, pottery, ceramic wares, Turkish coffee and apple tea, etc. It is a popular place for most visitors.