See the most famous monuments of Istanbul during this full-day guided tour. Explore Istanbul's rich history and magnificent architecture as you visit the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar.
What to Expect
The city of Istanbul has a history which spans almost 2,500 years, and this is nowhere more evident than in the Old City area of Sultanahmet. Begin your full-day tour at the Hippodrome, once the site of chariot races during the Roman and Byzantine era. See the ancient monuments which stand here to this day, such as the Obelisk of the Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.
Next, stop at the Blue Mosque. Beloved for its beautiful courtyard and impressive minarets, the mosque gets its nickname from the splendid blue tiles that cover its interior walls. Then visit Topkapi Palace, home to the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Today Topkapi Palace is a spectacular museum which houses the Muslim world’s holiest relics, including the cloak and sword of the Prophet Mohammed.
Afterward, take a break for lunch and then continue to the Hagia Sophia, one of the world's architectural gems. An ancient basilica dating back to the 4th century, the Hagia Sophia stood as the Cathedral of Constantinople for over a thousand years before being converted into a mosque in 1453; today it serves as a museum.
End your tour at Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar, the largest and the oldest covered marketplace in the world, where you may find all kind of gifts, leather, clothing, rugs, antiques, and jewelery in an authentic Oriental atmosphere.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
- Services of an expert local guide
- Entrance fees to attractions
- Private transportation in a non-smoking air-conditioned vehicle
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses
Know Before You Go
This tour usually begins at 09:00 and ends at 16:30, however the timing can be altered according to your request during booking.
On Mondays, the St. Sophia is closed and will be replaced by the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul.
On Tuesdays, Topkapi Palace is closed and will be replaced by Archaeological Museum of Istanbul
On Sundays the Grand Bazaar is closed and will be replaced by Spice Market.
Due to the Friday noon pray, mosques are not open until 14:00 on Fridays.