Choose a morning or afternoon departure on booking, and start your 3-hour walking tour when you meet your guide in Sultanahmet. Hear about Istanbul’s history as you walk, and stop to see the major sights, including the Hippodrome, once the site of Constantinople’s Byzantine chariot-racing arena.
Continue to the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th century. Pose for photos at each landmark and dip into the Grand Bazaar, a maze of atmospheric corridors brim with colorful stalls.
As you explore, get your bearings, and discover useful pointers such as how to use Istanbul’s tram network, the dress code for visiting mosques, and invaluable insider tips on great restaurants and tucked-away sights.
Before your tour ends, receive assistance from your guide on buying a Museum Pass (own expense) if you wish. This multi-day pass gives you discounted access to Istanbul’s top sites and museums, making it ideal if you're planning to continue exploring independently after your tour.
Your tour ends near the Grand Bazaar, leaving you free to sightsee on your own using your newfound knowledge, or make your own way back to your hotel.