Istanbul Old City Full-Day Tour

4.1 / 5

12 Reviews

Istanbul Old City Full-Day Tour

From € 55 per person

See the sights of Istanbul on an 8-hour tour with inclusive lunch. Admire the former church and mosque of the Hagia Sophia, see the site of Bzyantine sports at the Roman Hippodrome, explore the alleys of the Grand Bazzar, and much more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Small group
Limited to 12 participants
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 8 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
We offer free transfer service from Europe side and from City center hotels only. Hotel location must be; Sultanahmet-Laleli-Topkapı-Aksaray-Taksim-Sirkeci and Şişli Area.

Experience

Highlights
  • See one of the world's great architectural masterpieces at the Hagia Sophia
  • Wander the stores of the Grand Bazaar
  • Admire the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque
  • Discover the 5 tombs of the Ottoman Sultans: Sultans Tombs
  • Go to the imperial residence of the former sultans
  • Visit the site of ancient chariot races at the Roman Hippodrome
Full description
Travel through time on a full-day tour of Istanbul, and see the main monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the Hippodrome, site of major political life and sports activities during the Roman and Bzyantine Empires. Marvel at the last remaining monuments at the complex, including the Obelisk from Egypt and the Serpentine Column from Delphi. Next, go to the Church of St. Sophia, also known as the “Church of Holy Wisdom,” and “Hagia Sophia.” One of the world's architectural masterpieces, the former church and mosque is now a museum of artifacts from Byzantium. Continue to the Blue Mosque to see the city’s icon up close. Famed for its stunning Iznik tiles, the building’s graceful minarets can be seen from many points in the city. Next, explore the narrow lanes of the Grand Bazaar, the oldest and largest covered market in the world. Discover decorative jewelry, leather work, souvenirs and carpets in more than 4.000 shops. Your next stop will be Topkapi Palace, former residence of the Ottoman sultans, now home to an exquisite collection of crystal, silverware, and Chinese porcelain, as well as robes worn by the sultans, and the jewels of the Imperial Treasury. Then, head to Sultans Tombs. Made up of 5 tombs of the Ottoman Sultans, within the graveyard at St. Sophia, these ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, green, blue and red flower motives. The prince's robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. Please note, Sultans Tombs are closed on Monday and will be replaced with a visit to the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (from European side or city center)
  • Transfers by non smoking air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Licensed guide
  • Lunch
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Drinks at lunch
  • Tips and personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note that the Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with the Basilica Cistern
  • Please note that the Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and will be replaced with the 2 Continents Tour
  • Please note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Please note that the Treasury and Harem at Topkapi Palace are not included in the program due to extra entrance fees
  • The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.0 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Excellent tour! I would recommend it mainly because you get to know a lot about the places you visit. Tickets are already arranged and you don’t have to wait in the queues. There is sufficient time for free roaming and photography. This tour would give you good insight about which places you want to visit again if you have free time! Our guide was good too!

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November 7, 2018

Excellent experience, very good guide

Very entertaining tour, you know the most important monuments of the historical center of Istanbul and ends with a delicious lunch. Our guide, Jack, was very entertaining and managed to explain clearly what Istanbul has meant in history. We were lucky that the tour was only for the 6 of us, which allowed us to make the most of it Excellent value for money

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August 1, 2018

We were picked up at the hotel around 0800, took turns in the city to charge other participants and ended up at Taksim Square. There was a confusion there. Our guide didn't seem to be able to find our bus for the sightseeing tour. We waited more than an hour ... until the tour finally started. Although I requested a Spanish-speaking guide when booking and it was confirmed, we had to join an English-speaking guide. She did her thing ok ..... but in English and not SPANISH. We were disappointed.

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September 5, 2019

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