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Historical Istanbul Tour in 1-Day

Istanbul, Turkey
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8 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 1 more
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At a Glance

8 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English and 1 more

Description

Visit Istanbul’s headline acts and discover the city’s rich heritage on this full-day tour of UNESCO-listed Sultanahmet, the historic heart of the city. Explore the legendary Hagia Sophia, which dates... More
Visit Istanbul’s headline acts and discover the city’s rich heritage on this full-day tour of UNESCO-listed Sultanahmet, the historic heart of the city. Explore the legendary Hagia Sophia, which dates back to 537AD; learn how the 17th-century Blue Mosque received its famous nickname; and see the many monuments of the Hippodrome. You’ll also get chance to revel in the opulence of the Ottoman era at the grand Topkapi Palace and lose yourself in the maze-like Grand Bazaar.

Highlights

  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Lunch included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Comprehensive tour of the city

What To Expect

Summary

Enjoy a Full Day tour of Sultanahmet Area, the historical center of Istanbul, renowned as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Your local guide will take you to Hagia Sophia. Built in 537 AD as world's first... More
Enjoy a Full Day tour of Sultanahmet Area, the historical center of Istanbul, renowned as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Your local guide will take you to Hagia Sophia. Built in 537 AD as world's first large dome building, Hagia Sophia had been the religious focal point of the Orthodox Church before its conversion into a Muslim Mosque. Admire its... More
Enjoy a Full Day tour of Sultanahmet Area, the historical center of Istanbul, renowned as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Your local guide will take you to Hagia Sophia. Built in 537 AD as world's first large dome building, Hagia Sophia had been the religious focal point of the Orthodox Church before its conversion into a Muslim Mosque. Admire its unique decoration reflecting the Byzantine and Turkish periods.

Then, enjoy a short walk to the Blue Mosque from the 17th century. The Blue Mosque owes its fame to the exquisite blue Iznik Tiles on its walls. You'll then visit the Hippodrome, located next to the Blue Mosque, where you'll see an Egyptian Obelisk and Serpent Column where once horse chariots races of the Eastern Roman Empire took. Next, you will see the German Fountain which was a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. Listen the stories of his liaison with the orient. The tour will continue to the Grand Bazaar. Following introduction by your professional guide at a recommended store, visit the bazaar at your leisure for shopping at 1,200 spice and gold shops.

After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the amazing Topkapi Palace, which was used as the principle residence of the Turkish Ottoman Empire from 15th to the 19th Century. Get to know this historical landmark accomanied with expert commentaries of your professional guide at the gardens halls where you'll view staggering collection of imperial and religious treasury golden thrones and emerald crowns. Next place to see is Hagia Irene Church (from outside). The final place of interest is the Church of Sergius and Bacchus today known as “Petit Hagia Sophia Mosque”. As you finish this informative tour with your professional guide...well, you will never be quite the same again. After the tour transfer back to the hotel.

What's Included

Lunch
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Entry/Admission - Blue Mosque
Entry/Admission - Kapali Carsi
Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
Guaranteed to skip the lines
Drinks

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Centrally located hotels in Sultanahmet and Taksim areas

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter religious places. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter religious places. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and will
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required to enter religious places. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with the Chora Church Museum
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and will be replaced with the Chora Church Museum
  • Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays until 2 pm and may be replaced with Petite Hagia Sophia Church
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will be replaced with authentic shops
  • 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

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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