1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Column of Constantine

Istanbul Classical Full-Day Tour

Product ID: 10823
Explore the history of Istanbul by visiting Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, The Grand Bazaar and many more historical sights. Delve into the culture of this unique city with a guide by your side.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Hotel pickup is available only from hotels located in the city center.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the history of Istanbul by visiting Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace and many more
  • Shop till you drop in the Grand Bazaar
  • Knowledgeable and professional commentary from your local tour guide
Full description
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and guide you through the city to explore the following places in depth:

First you will visit Hagia Sophia.This ancient Basilica was built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinin in the 6th century. It is one of the architectural marvels of all time.

The Blue Mosque is one of the best examples of Ottoman and Turkish art, built between 1609 and 1616 by the Architect Mehmet Aga. The mosque takes its name from the blue Iznik tiles which decorate its walls spelndidly.

The ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races took place in the center of Byzantine political life, stands in the open space in front of the Blue Mosque.

This area, now called Sultanahmet, was once home to a series of historic monuments. Of the monuments which once stood only three remain, the Obelisk of the Theodosius, the Serpentine Column and the Column on Constantine.

Look forward to experiencing the bustling atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar.

In this labyrinth of streets and passages there are more than 4000 shops with each trade having its own area, selling mostly gold, silver and Turkish handicrafts.

Afterwards you will see Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries. It houses an exqusite collection of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain, and the Holy Mantle containing relics of the Prophet Mohammed.

Another highlight of this tour is the Suleymaniye Mosque, built between 1550 and 1557 by the famous architect Sinan.

We will have a stop for lunch around midday and the tour will finish with a drop-off at your hotel.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (from hotels in the Sultanahmet and Taksim area of Istanbul only)
What’s Not Included
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, will be replaced by Basilica Cistern.
• The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.6 / 5
  • Organization
    3.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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ENGLISH: Istanbul beautiful place you have to go with a guide The very complete tour very nice and excellent service was not picked up and they left us in hotel. "MEV" MEVHIBE is the guide with excellent treatment, a lot of knowledge, patience and willing to help (it helped us get tickets in the front row at dinner show of the night boat in Bosphoros. Widely recommended. I only suggest that in the tours the groups are by age similar, we had two people with mobility problems that delayed us a lot WITHOUT OFFERING ENGLISH: The very complete tour very nice and excellent service picked us up and left us at the hotel. "MEV" MEVHIBE is the guide with excellent treatment, a lot of knowledge, patience and willing to help (it helped us to get tickets in the front row in dinner show of the night boat by Bosphoros. widely recommended. I only suggest that in the tours the groups are for similar ages, we had two people with mobility problems that delayed us a lot without offendi

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November 20, 2019

The tour was very interesting, Istambul is a magic Place. Our guide Mev is a very Kind and prepared person she explained everithing in the best way and trasmitted us a lot of turkey culture and their habit. The lunch was very good. Thank you Mev (our Maria) for the unfogetteble trip. Monica-Tino-Milena-Luca-Maurizio

November 11, 2019

The visit and the guide are very nice and clear, I really want to help you very well documented

December 29, 2019

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Aussie Tours Travel Agency

Product ID: 10823