Leave the present day behind and take a wander around Old Istanbul, the wonderful old Sultanahmet district.
This World Heritage-listed district is crammed with historic buildings and enough magical atmosphere to keep you enthralled for days.
Drink in the majesty of Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofia), a museum-church-mosque all in one, and admire the Blue Mosque that mirrors it. Spend days amid the riches of Topkapi Palace, and discover the underground world of the Basilica Cistern.
Then shop for everything from curly-toed slippers to magic lanterns in the massive Grand Bazaar.
Sultanahmet is on the European side of Istanbul. Its main thoroughfare is Divan Yolu, which runs from the Grand Bazaar to Hagia Sophia.
Strolling along this route on foot is the best way to get around Sultanahmet. You can also ride the tram which travels along Divan Yolu.
Tours & Tickets
7-Day Turkey Classics Tour from Istanbul: Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and Ankara
Tick through Turkey’s classic sights on this spellbinding 7-day tour that starts and finishes in Istanbul. Traveling by air-conditioned coach with an expert ... Read more
Duration: 7 days (approx.)
See all the top Istanbul attractions in one day on this small-group walking tour, led by an expert local guide. Focusing on the Sultanahmet area of this ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Visit Istanbul’s must-see sites on this 3.5-hour small-group walking tour of the city. With an expert guide at your side explaining Istanbul’s contrasting ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)