• 6 Hours
  • Small Group Tour
  • Daily Departure
  • Min Age : 10+

Tour Overview

Introduction:

Embark on a day-long walking tour of Istanbul’s most prominent historical sites with us. Discover UNESCO-protected landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Istanbul Hippodrome. Delve into the bustling ambiance of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and let our expert guide regale you with tales of opulent sultans and their harems!

Content:

Our chauffeur will arrive at your hotel lobby between 07:00 and 08:00 to transport you to the meeting location where you’ll join the other attendees of the Istanbul full-day tour. You’ll be accompanied by a professional tour guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism who will guide you through the following notable sites:

Byzantine Hippodrome: Originally conceptualized by Emperor Septimius Severus in 203 during a Roman civil war, he brought forth the idea of a hippodrome after suppressing a rebellion in Byzantium. Here, you’ll witness the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the Wilhelm II fountain, remnants of a time when chariot races and various entertainments filled the arena.

Blue Mosque: Known in Turkish as the Sultanahmet Camii, the Blue Mosque is a historic religious site in Istanbul, renowned for the blue tiles adorning its interior walls. Constructed during Ahmed I’s reign between 1609 and 1616, it stands as a significant example of 17th-century architecture, greatly contributing to Istanbul’s skyline with its six minarets.

Hagia Sophia: Museum Hagia Sophia, the largest church established by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul, has been constructed on the same location three times. This grand architectural marvel, once used as a mosque during the Ottoman era, now serves as a museum.

Grand Bazaar: As the oldest and the most expansive covered marketplace globally, the Grand Bazaar houses nearly 4,000 shops, offering a wide array of carpets, jewellery, leather goods, and souvenirs.

Topkapi Palace This magnificent palace, home to the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, showcases a remarkable collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, along with the royal family’s robes, the renowned jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and the Holy Mantle containing relics of Prophet Mohammed. Please note that the Treasury and Harem sections in Topkapi Palace require an additional entry fee and are not included in this tour.

Sultan Tombs: Within the St. Sophia graveyard, you’ll find the tombs of five Ottoman Sultans, adorned with stunning 16th-century ceramic panels showcasing motifs of purple, green, blue, and red flowers. The tombs also display prince robes and a small fragment of the Kaaba covers.

At the end of this enriching journey through Istanbul’s history, we will provide transport back to your hotel.

Detailed Itinerary

This built Basilica, ancient by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century is one of the architectural marvels of all time. It was converted into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul in 1453.

One of the best examples of classical Turkish art, built between 1609 and 1616 by the Architect Mehmet Aga the mosque takes its name the blue Iznik (Nicea’s) tiles which decorate splendidly its walls.

The ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races took place was the center of Byzantine political life, standing in the open space in front of the Blue Mosque, the area is now called as Sultanahmet.

Of the monuments which once decorated it, only three remain, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.

In this labyrinth of streets and passages, there are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area; selling mostly gold and silver jewelry, copper and brass items, leather, coats, carpets, and many other beautiful Turkish art and handicrafts such as handpainted ceramic plates, etc.

The great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and china porcelain, caftans are worn by the Sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle enshrining relics of Prophet Mohammed.

What's Included

  • Hotel Pick-up and drop-off by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coach
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance
  • Museum tickets and entrance fees where necessary
  • Lunch at a local restaurant
  • Services charges and local taxes

What's Excluded

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Admission to Treasury and Harem sections in Topkapi Palace
  • Fast-track entries to the museums and natural parks
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver
  • All kinds of beverages

Additional Info

  • Includes free pick-up service from hotels in Sultanahmet or Taksim areas. There will be an extra charge for other locations.
  • Children aged 0-2 are free of charge, 30% discount is applied for children aged under 7 years old.
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited.
  • This tour is regular. Please contact us for private tour options.

Meeting and Pickup

  • Hotel pick up is at 08:15-08:45
  • Hotel drop off is at 17:00-17:30

Cancelation Policy

  • You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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$95

Grand total