- Istanbul

Today’s highlights include Aya Sofia the imperial foundation built by the Byzantine emperor, Justinian in the 6thC, then converted to a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror on the very day he conquered Istanbul in 1453; the spectacular Topkapi Palace Museum and Harem Quarters, once the centre of Ottoman power; the exceptional Archaeological Museum with one of the greatest collections of pre-classical and classical works. Following lunch travel to the Kariye (Chora) Museum, renowned for its mosaics and frescoes that epitomize the revival of the arts and intellectual thought in Constantinople.