Thursday, October 6
This morning, our guide will meet us at 9:30am, for our first visit of the day, and one of the most important temples of worship in the world, the Blue Mosque. It is named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and its dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district. It was built by Mehmet Aga, the imperial architect and was very controversial due to its six minarets, which many at that time believed was sacrilegious as it rivaled the architecture of Mecca itself!
Enjoy a visit the Hippodrome, which was once the central focus of Constantinople. Built by the Romans, only fragments are left of what was once a grand stadium that held 100,000 spectators for public meeting and important events, including chariot races. Here in the Hippodrome, you will also see the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
Next, step into the famous Hagia Sophia Church. Built in the 6th century, this church influenced architecture for centuries. Its original design was created as a mirror of the heavens. Take your time exploring the vast galleries and beautiful mosaics. Given its age, the church is in remarkable condition and the interiors are full of important frescoes and mosaics depicting holy subjects. Today, the building has been converted into a mosque.
We’ll end the afternoon at the famous Covered Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, offering an almost endless selection of Turkish carpets, gold, jewelry, and artworks offered in some 4,000 shops! You will have some free time to explore and have an independent lunch.
But why stick to the usual route in the bazaar? We will have a chance to walk on the rooftops of the Grand Bazaar. You might recognize the view from the rooftops from James Bond’s iconic chase scene in “Skyfall”.
Return to the hotel around 5pm for some time to freshen up and relax.
Around 6:30pm, we will head down to the hotel’s private dock to board our yacht for a Cruise Along the Bosphorus. As we sail along the Bosphorus you can see all the interesting structures along this historic waterway. This is one of the most unforgettable excursions between two continents, Europe & Asia.
We will be dining at one of our favorite restaurants lining the Bosphorus. After dinner, we will drive back to the hotel.
Vehicle, Driver & Guide; Evening Private Yacht
Four Seasons Bosphorus
Breakfast & Dinner