of the Hagia Sophia church ,St. Sophia Museum, the Gulbahar Hatun Mosque,The Golden-Headed Mary Church
Your professional guide will be at the PORT at the pre-arranged time to start the tour. Proceed together to the awaiting vehicle and start the trip. First stop is the St. Sophia Museum, a smaller-scale version of the Hagia Sophia church built by the Commenos family in the 13th century that was converted into a mosque in the 16th century and later a museum in 1957. Next you will explore the oldest continuously functioning mosque in the region, the Gulbahar Hatun Mosque. Built by the orders of Selim Yavuz and dedicated to his mother whose tomb also lies here, the mosque is considered a holy site and the most exquisite mosque in the region. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, your tour continues with a visit to the countryresidence of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the great leader of the Turkish Nation during World War I and the founder of the modern Turkish Republic. The manor maintains its original decor and truly reflects the atmosphere of an early 20th century Turkish mansion. Before returning to your cruise ship, you will visitOrtahisar Buyuk Fatih Mosque, also known as The Golden-Headed Mary Church which was converted into a mosque by the Ottomans upon conquering the city in 1461. Interestingly, the church is identified mainly with the Ottomans even though its architecture is distinctly Byzantine and likely hosted several crowning ceremonies for Byzantine Emperors before the city was invaded. The end of the tour is back at the port.
Private Professional Licensed Guide
Transportation in new comfortable A/C Vehicle
Private Professional Driver
All parking and taxes.
Any gratuities for Guide & Driver
Any meals and/or drinks
Any kind of other personal expenses.
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