Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Istanbuls highlights, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace! At 1pm, your guide will be waiting for you in front of the Pudding Shop with a Tematique Tour sign, and from there you will head towards the two breathtaking monuments. First, you will explore the Church of Divine Wisdom called Hagia Sophia. It's a 15000 years old monument, with a beautiful interior, amazing mosaics and the massive dome. Once was the world's largest place of worship by Emperor Justinian in 532 AD, then a Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Basilica, later an imperial mosque and now a museum.
Second monument you will have a chance to visit, is the Topkapi Palace, once the seat of Ottoman Empire for more than 380 years where 24 of 36 Sultans lived and ruled their land. In 1924, it was transformed into a museum. Buildings and courtyards, including a treasury, apartments, bathhouses, harems, and an armory, holy relics section, not to mention imperial halls, kitchens and royal chambers that make the Topkapi’s inner walls one of the world’s great wonders. Treasures include 13th century Japanese porcelain, weaponry, 86 carat diamond any many more.