This comprehensive sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides the perfect introduction to the fabled city that spans Asia and Europe. On this one-day sightseeing tour, you will see how old meets new when you visit Istanbul’s four “must-see” historic sites.
Formally called Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital of the Roman Empire and Europe’s wealthiest metropolis, and is now the largest city in Turkey.
Now a museum, Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian and was one of the biggest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted into a mosque and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Take a moment to linger here to admire the beautiful Byzantine mosaics. (closed on Monday)
One of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast central chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.
The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive.
In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world’s largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is especially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. (closed on Sunday additional time will be spent at the other locations)
The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. (closed on Tuesday)
Driver and Personal Expenses and Optional Tours.
Closed: Hagia Sophia on Monday Replaced with Kariye (St. Savior in Chora) Museum, City Walls and Yedikule Dungeon (Golden Gate). Topkapi Palace on Tuesday Replaced with Archaeological Museum. Grand Covered Bazaar on Sunday.
There are max 8 people, please advise if there are more than 8 people so we can offer you discounted price.
This is the walking tour since all the attractions are located within the walking distance.
We can arrange it as private as well upon your request.
*Please remember, on this tour we don’t have pick up service. This is a walking tour; that’s why we only meet our clients at their hotel or meeting point which is only located old city area. If you are staying out of old city area, we can provide hotel pick-up with extra cost.