Begin your 4-hour tour with pickup at your hotel in the Sultan Ahmet area. Please note, other areas can be serviced for an additional charge. Aboard an air-conditioned vehicle, you’ll receive a historical introduction to Istanbul before arriving at the Basilica Cistern — a subterranean basilica built in the year 532.
Alongside your guide, you’ll explore the underground cisterns and marvel at the 336 stone columns that support the structure. Following this, you’ll continue to the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahment Camii), a world-renowned monument famed for its dazzling domes.
Inside the mosque, marvel at intricately decorated tiles that smother its walls and discover Quranic inscriptions left by Kasim Gubari, one of the world’s most famous calligraphers.
Continue to travel back in time at the Hippodrome (At Meydani), a former Byzantine capital for more than 1,000 years. See ancient relics such as Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine while listening to history-rich commentary.
Your final stop is at the Hagia Sofia (Aya Sofia), a mosque whose incredible confection of domes, towers and golden mosaics has inspired architecture around the world. Subsequent to a tour of the mosque, return to your hotel.