Best of Historic Istanbul Tour

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1208
8 Hours
Min Age : 3+

A full day guided exploration of Istanbul’s most iconic historical attractions.

Full day guided tour of Istanbul's best
Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and more

Get up close with Istanbul’s must-see historical spots on this small-group tour, limited to just 10 people for a more personal experience. We’ll roam around Sultanahmet, the old town, and visit iconic landmarks like the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Hippodrome. You’ll also get to taste local food with a lunch that’s included, and explore the grand rooms of Topkapi Palace. We’ve thought of everything to make sure you have a great time.

Departure & Return Location

German Foundation, Sultanahmet

Departure Time

9am

Price Includes

  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Lunch

Price Excludes

  • Drinks at lunch
What to Expect

Get ready for an intimate, small-group tour of Istanbul’s iconic landmarks, capped at just 10 people for a personalized experience. We kick off with a quick 15-minute visit to the Hippodrome, followed by a trip to the currently-closed Blue Mosque (we’ll be admiring its grandeur from the outside). Next up is a 15-minute stroll around Sultanahmet Square.

We’ll also see Hagia Sophia from the outside for a good 45 minutes, and then move on to the grand Topkapi Palace for an optional tour of the Harem (extra fee applies). We’ll wrap up with a 45-minute adventure through the bustling Grand Bazaar. Each spot is carefully selected to make sure you get the full Istanbul experience!

Itinerary

Attraction 1Hippodrome

(15-minute stop) This used to be the hotspot for sports and big events back in Byzantine times. While the chariot races are long gone, the place still whispers stories from its glory days.

Attraction 2Blue Mosque

(30-minute stop) This jaw-dropping mosque stands out with its six skinny towers and blue-hued tiles. Once you’re inside, you’ll see some awesome stained glass that shows off the attention to detail.

Attraction 3Sultanahmet Square

(15-minute stop) This square is the real deal if you want to feel Istanbul’s historical vibe. It’s surrounded by big-deal buildings from different eras, and it’s a mix of the old days and what’s happening now.

Attraction 4Hagia Sophia Mosque

(45-minute stop) Once a church, then a mosque, and now a museum, this place is like a history lesson in building form. Its big domes and cool mosaics say a lot about how religions came together in Istanbul.

Attraction 5Topkapi Palace

(90-minute stop, Tickets included) Get a taste of how Ottoman rulers lived it up. Walk through its large yards and fancy rooms, all while hearing juicy stories of the high-stakes dramas that unfolded here.

Attraction 6Grand Bazaar

(45-minute stop) Think of this as a sensory explosion. With its colorful shops, mixed aromas, and wall-to-wall people, you’ll get lost in the maze but love every minute of it.

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