Historic Istanbul Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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32 reviews

Historic Istanbul Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

From $47.35 per person

Discover the must-see sights of Istanbul on a 4-hour tour of its historic landmarks. Go to the Haghia Sophia and iconic Blue Mosque, marvel at the Hippodrome and experience the bustle of the Grand Bazaar, all with full explanations from a local guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Your hotel/accommodation in the Sultanahmet and Taksim areas of Istanbul.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the landmark sights of central Istanbul
  • Visit the Haghia Sophia, one of the world's architectural masterpieces
  • Marvel at the vibrant blue of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque
  • Go to the former Hippodrome of Byzantine chariot races
  • Lose yourself among the spice and jewelry stalls of the Grand Bazaar
Full description
Discover the historic sites of Istanbul on a half-day sightseeing tour with round-trip transfers from centrally located hotels. A local guide will accompany you all the way, starting at the Hagia Sophia. Learn about the ancient Basilica that was started by Constantine the Great in the 4th century, and completed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. For 1,000 years it was the world’s largest cathedral. Today, it has been converted to a museum. Admire the impressive dome and minarets, as well as the beautiful mosaics, sculptures and columns inside. Your next stop will be the legendary Sultan Ahmed Mosque, better known around the world as the Blue Mosque. Get up close to this symbol of Istanbul and see the vibrant blue tiles that adorn its interior walls. Stroll around its beautiful courtyard, and see the 6 graceful minarets. Continue to the Hippodrome, site of chariot races during the Byzantine Empire. Admire the 3 remaining monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. End with a walk around the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar to haggle for bargains among some 4,000 jewelry, pottery, spices, carpet, and leather stores.
Includes
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel (in the Sultanahmet and Taksim areas of Istanbul only)
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    •  The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered.
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    Overall rating

    4.1 /5

    based on 32 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.2/5
    • Transportation
      4/5
    • Value for money
      4.2/5
    • Safety
      4.6/5
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    Exceptional

    Our guide collected us from our hotel as planned and we walked the short distance to Sultanahmet square. Our tour included the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome plus the underground Cisterns at our request. Martin (our guide) was knowledgeable and kept our interest throughout. I recommend this tour if you are interested in history as we definitely learned a lot! Well deserving of 5 stars.

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    June 20, 2017

    Absolutely awesome!

    We had Mitin as our guide: very professional, informative, well spoken , helpful and sincere. Fabulous! One of the best guided tours I ever did. Mitin collected us at our Hotel on time and his tour was well arranged. I can with great confidence recommend ' Get your Guide'. I will most certainly support this constitution again. Thank you Mitin...

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    May 7, 2017

    Great tour, amazing tour guide and very exhausting information provide

    We have booked a half day Istanbul tour and it turned out we were the only ones on the tour so the tour guide was only concentrating on us which was great :) He had a huge amount of very interesting information from history and was able to explain it in a very interesting way, not just boring facts... He told us lots about the turkish culture, brought us to a local carpet shop, told us where all the good and not as expensive restaurants were etc. We really liked it and would definatelly recommend it to everybody! :)

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    June 30, 2013

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