Enjoy a full-day tour of the UNESCO site of Sultanahmet Old Istanbul with an extensive guided tour.
You’ll enjoy the magical Istanbul and its signature sights: the Topkapi Palace; It housed the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years, Hagia Sophia; was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period, Blue Mosque; was given to it by the visitors because of the amazing blue tiles decorating the interior walls.
Hippodrome of Constantinople; was the civil center for the people of the city where once 100,000 spectators could be held, Grand Bazaar; With 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops, it is one of the greatest bazaars in the world.
Learn history about Byzantines, Ottomans, and Modern Turks from your expert local guide, take a photo from the best photoshoots point, Skip-The-Line Tickets, Transportation provided.
- What Will You DoAccording to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore Hagia Sophia; Meaning Divine Wisdom, Hagia Sophia was the largest building on earth barring the Egyptian Pyramids or the Great Wall of China.
Today's Hagia Sophia was built by Emperor Justinian in 537AD. It was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period. It was used as a church for 916 years and as a mosque for 481 years, In 1934, by the order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, it was converted into a museum and has since been open to visitors.
Next; Topkapi Palace; As well as being the imperial residence of the Sultan, the palace was also the seat of government for the ottoman empire. It housed the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years until the Dolmabahçe palace was built.
In 1924 it was converted into a museum. Today it is famous with harem, royal treasury, and holy relics sections.
Continue to with Hippodrome; Built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203AD, during the Roman period hippodrome was the civil center for the people of the city where once 100,000 spectators could be held.
Located in the heart of Sultanahmet surrounded by Blue mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, today it is home to The Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilitaş), The Serpentine Column(Burma sütun), The Constantine Column, and the German Fountain.
Next, Blue Mosque; Built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in the year 1616, is located opposite the Hagia Sophia. Blue mosque today is one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets and magnificent dome.
Although it is officially named Sultanahmet Mosque, the (nıck) name Blue Mosque was given to it by the visitors because of the amazing blue tiles decorating the interior walls.
Next, Grand Bazaar; With 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops, it is one of the greatest bazaars in the world. It was built between 1455-1461 by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror.
Today, shops selling the same kind of merchandise tend to be congregated in their own streets or inns as it was in the original Ottoman system.
At the end of the tour drive you back to the departure point.
- What To Expect- This is a customized full-day small-group tour with an expert local guide.
- Visit Topkapi Palace; It housed the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years.
- Experience shopping with locals in the world-famous Grand Bazaar
- Walkthrough the Hippodrome and see German Fountains and the magnificent Blue Mosque
- Visit Hagia Sophia with its breathtaking mosaics
- Learn history from your expert local guide about Byzantines, Ottomans, and modern Turks
- Skip-The-Line tickets provided
- What Is Included- Admission fees to attractions
- Professional licensed tour guide
- All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
- Transfer service from/to Istanbul Hotels (centrally located)
- Land transportation by air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle
- What Is Not Included- Meal and beverage during the tour (optional)
- Gratuities to the guide & driver (optional)
- Personal expenses
- Know Before You Go- There will be roughly 3-mile walking in Sultanahmet
- Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, will be replaced with Underground Cistern
- Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, will be replaced by Arasta Bazaar
- Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays due to Friday prayer we wıll just visit from the garden
- TransfersTransfer provided from centrally located Istanbul hotels such as