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Duration

4 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

22 people

Languages

English

About this tour

Receive a 4-hour introduction to the magical city of Istanbul. Visit the world-famous Hagia Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, and the Grand Bazaar, with a licensed professional tour guide.

We commence our exploration of the Sultanahmet district, the historic core of Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Constructed by Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, this church stands as a marvel of global architecture. In 1453, it was transformed into a mosque and currently serves as a museum. The imposing dome continues to dominate the skyline of old Istanbul, and the site is renowned for its captivating mosaics, featuring luminous portraits of emperors, empresses, and a touching representation of the Virgin and Child. Explore the final resting place of five Sultans and 142 members of the Ottoman dynasty.

Our next destination is the Blue Mosque (viewed from outside on Fridays during private tours), named for the exquisite tiles embellishing its interior. Commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a disciple of Sinan, the preeminent Ottoman architect, this imperial mosque stands out with its six minarets and a particularly grand courtyard. The Hippodrome, once the stadium of ancient Byzantium, boasted a seating capacity of 100,000 spectators and showcased artifacts from every corner of the empire. Among the surviving relics are an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture depicting three entwined serpents from Delphi.

The Grand Bazaar, formerly the bustling commercial hub of the old city, hosts 4,000 shops brimming with treasures, including carpets, kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. As you stroll through the Grand Bazaar, relish a bout of Ottoman-style shopping. Note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, with Arasta Bazaar or Spice Bazaar serving as an alternative. Standard tours conclude in the old city area, and please be aware that there is no drop-off service to hotels.

Highlights

  • Explore the iconic Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of world architecture dating back to the 6th century AD.
  • Visit the Blue Mosque, commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century. Marvel at its exquisite interior adorned with beautiful tiles and appreciate the grandeur of the only imperial mosque with six minarets.
  • See the vibrant atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar, the former commercial heart of old Istanbul. With 4,000 shops offering a treasure trove of items, from carpets and kilims to silks, jewelry, and more, indulge in Ottoman-style shopping.

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel pickup
  • English-speaking guidance (can be multilingual)
  • Drop off
  • Entrance fee to Haghia Sophia (25 EUR p.P)
  • Personal expenses
  • Photos and Videos
  • Gratuities

Durations

4 – 5 hours

Language

English

Frequently asked questions

The primary language for group tour guidance is English or multilingual available. Tours in languages other than English are available exclusively as private tours. Please note that there might be a price variation for different languages. Kindly specify your preferred language for the tour if it's not English!

Tour fees include professional English guide service or assistant service. In half-day tours, meals are not included, but in full-day tours, a set menu or open buffet meal is generally included. Kindly refer to the tour description for a detailed breakdown of included and excluded services.

In group tours, hotel pick-up and drop-off are generally included. Rarely, some tours do not include hotel pick-up and drop-off or just drop-off. All private tours include hotel pickup and drop-off. Please read the description carefully to find out.

  • Tour available period: all year round.
  • Tour available days: every day except Fridays
  • Tour category: Offered as a group or private tour.
  • Please provide us with an accurate WhatsApp number to can guide you for pick-ups and updates.
  • We will respond to your request within 24 hours at the latest.
  • Pick-up is around 8.00 am. Pickup time may vary earlier or later depending on the location of the hotel.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties
  • Remember to wear modest clothing at the mosques (arms and legs covered). Women must cover their hair with a scarf. If you forget to bring your scarf, you can buy one at the entrance at some mosques but not all.
  • Even if we use fast track at the museum entrances, please do not forget that waiting times at security points can take time
  • 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.
  • Group tours can have several breaks for shopping with local handicraft production centers.
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