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In a nutshell In just half a day, the tour takes us to visit some of the places with the most artistic, cultural and historic value in the amazing city of Istanbul: the folkloristic Spice Market, the precious Rustem Pasha Mosque and the mysterious Basilica Cistern.

Main stops
  • Spice market
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Rustem Pasha Mosque

The programme
  • Our tour begins at the Spice Market: we surround ourselves with a myriad of colours and flavours that immerse us in the local customs and traditions.
  • From folklore to history, our itinerary takes us on a journey into the past as we enter the largest and most splendid covered cistern in Istanbul - the Basilica Cistern. Built during Justinian times, this imposing building was used to store the city waters in Byzantine times and later to provide water to the Topkapi Palace and the nearby buildings.
  • The last stop on this short yet thrilling itinerary is the Rustem Pasha Mosque. This magnificent example of Ottoman architecture of the classic period is less imposing than other Imperial mosques. It was erected in 1561 and dedicated to the Rustem Pasha, grand vizier of Suleiman the Magnificent who had married one of the Sultan’s daughters. *The interior of the entire mosque is covered with precious majolica tiles, which are also found on the façade underneath the large portico.

Good to know
  • Dress code that is appropriate for the places of worship to be visited is recommended.
  • To enter the mosque, it is mandatory to cover your shoulders and legs (down to the knees) and remove your shoes.
  • Wheelchairs are not allowed to enter.
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
  • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
  • The itinerary may be subject to change.
  • The Grand Bazaar and Spice Markets are closed on national holidays and during religious festivities.