Istanbul Highlights Tour
We end our cruise in Istanbul, Turkey, where we will stay for several days. Help us join this guided tour which will lead us to the Byzantine Hippodrome where chariot races in honor of the emperors once took place. Remnants of the Romans are also seen in the obelisks gracing the park. Our next visit will be to the Blue Mosque, so named for the magnificent blue-green Iznik tiles used for its interior decoration. We will move on to visit St. Sophia; the splendid Church of Divine Wisdom built in the 4th century B.C. Lunch will be served at the Ottoman House. We will taste traditional Turkish Cuisine in a lovely atmosphere. Next, we will move on to visit Topkapi Palace, the official residence of Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years. We will see the old kitchen houses, which display rich collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. We'll also visit the Treasury Section displaying the priceless pieces of jewelry that once belonged to the Ottoman Sultans. Last, but certainly not least, we will visit the world famous Grand Bazaar, before entering, we might be privy to a demonstration on the art of carpet weaving.Return to the couple's registry.