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Best of Istanbul in 1 Day

1. Best of Istanbul in 1 Day

Discover Istanbul's most iconic sights on a van tour. Listen to your guide recount tales of the city's colorful past as you pass by landmarks such as the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome. Round off the experience with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world. Start your tour at the Hippodrome of Constantinople, which was the sports and social center of the old city. Discover major artworks including the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain of Willhelm II. Then, continue to the Blue Mosque, whose 6 minarets adorn Istanbul’s skyline. Next up is the Topkapi Palace, which was home to Ottoman emperors between the 15th and 19th centuries. Marvel at the jewel-stuffed treasury, the Ottoman Empire's imperial collections, and priceless displays of Oriental porcelain. If the Topkapi Palace is closed on your trip date, you'll visit the Nakkas Cistern instead. Continue to the Hagia Sophia Mosque, a monument of equal significance to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Behold the dome and stunning mosaics of this architectural gem as your guide recounts its turbulent history. Then, enter the Grand Bazaar with over 3,000 shops selling everything from carpets to jewelry to ceramics and leather goods. Take a stroll around the Spice Bazaar and soak in the aroma of different spices, dried fruits, nuts, sweets, and lokum (Turkish Delights).

Private Walking Tour: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia

2. Private Walking Tour: Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia

Admire some of Istanbul’s most wondrous monuments with an expert local guide on this private, half-day walking tour. Relive the days of thrilling chariot races at the ancient Hippodrome of Constantinople. Today the Hippodrome is an open-air museum where you can see remnants of the original structure as well as the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Fountain of Wilhelm II. Next, visit one of the most majestic adornments of Istanbul's skyline ̶ the Blue Mosque. Officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, it is the mosque’s striking blue tiles that give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. The mosque also features a beautiful courtyard and six towering minarets. Then explore the ancient basilica of Hagia Sophia, one of the finest and largest architectural marvels in the world. The largest church in the world for over a thousand years, Hagia Sophia is now a museum featuring beautiful Byzantine mosaics, paintings, and sculptures.

Istanbul: Half-Day Imperial Morning Tour

3. Istanbul: Half-Day Imperial Morning Tour

Begin your tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century A.D. and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next, you will visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from exquisite blue Iznik tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. 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. Finally, the Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

Istanbul: Half Day Morning Walking Tour

4. Istanbul: Half Day Morning Walking Tour

Visit Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. St.Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. It is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and in to a museum by Atatürk in 1935. Explore the Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. The last great imperial mosque of the classical period, its name comes from the 20,000 marvelous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls. Discover the Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome. You will also see one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, The Grand Bazaar. (Closed: Sunday) Replaced with Madrasa

Istanbul: Private Walking Tour

5. Istanbul: Private Walking Tour

Enjoy personalized attention while visiting Istanbul's must-see attractions. Explore the Hippodrome of Constantinople and its ancient monuments brought to the empire from various places including the Obelisk of Thutmosis III from Egypt and the Serpent Column from Delphi. Move on to the Sultanahmet Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque due to its striking blue tiles. Continue to the Hagia Sophia, a center of worship for the Christian and Muslim world for many centuries.  After visiting Hagia Irene and seeing the Fountain of Sultan Ahmet III, immerse yourself into the rich history of the Ottoman Empire at Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans for over 600 years. Here, you will get the opportunity to visit all rooms, galleries, and courtyards including the Harem.

Istanbul: 2 City Walking Tours

6. Istanbul: 2 City Walking Tours

Located in an ideal strategic position straddling the Bosporus strait, Istanbul is both the largest city in Turkey and its economic, cultural and historic centre. Uniquely situated in both Europe and Asia, Istanbul’s over 15 million residents have an array of world class historical and cultural sites at their disposal. With the help of our Istanbul guided city tours, you will gain an unparalleled insight into both the modern and historic capital of Turkey. Istanbul is renowned for its fascinating mix of architectural styles. From the Roman and Byzantine eras the Basilica Cistern and Hippodrome are outstanding feats of engineering, and the monumental Hagia Sophia has stood the test of time, continuing to wow visitors to this day, while the Süleymaniye Mosque and the Topkapi Palace are amongst the many architectural wonders of the Ottoman Empire. Renaissance Revival, Neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings seam harmlessly with the ancient and Ottoman styles, contributing to Istanbul’s unique atmosphere. The addition of modern institutions such as Istanbul Modern and the Pera Museum ensure the city continues to move forward while maintaining its world-class heritage. 'The Highlights of Sultanahmet' includes: Hagia Sophia The Blue Mosque Sultan Mehmed III Tomb Fountain of Ahmed III German Fountain Walled Obelisk Serpent Column Basilica Cistern Topkapi Palace Hagia Irene 'The Pearls of Suleymaniye' includes: Kirazli Mescit Cami Suleymaniye Mosque Spice bazaar Mausoleum of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent Hürrem Sultan Türbesi Suleymaniye Square Fountain Büyük Valide Han Giritli Mustafa Paşa Hanı Valide Han Iranlilar Mosque Tomb of Mehmet Zahid Kotku Cenderecizade Muhittin Celebi Turbesi Our 5 self guided route's main sights: Cicek Pasaji İstiklal Avenue Taksim Mosque Taksim Square Karaköy Pier Tophane Pavilion Remains of the church of Saint Polyeuctus Aqueduct of Valens Galata Tower St. Pierre Han Nuruosmaniye Mosque ...and many more!

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What people are saying about German Fountain, Turkey

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 441 reviews

Highly recommend. Saw all the "hot spots" in an informative and relaxed manner. Our guide took us to the various spots, explained the historical background and then allowed us time to explore on our own. He was able to answer every question both before and after the individual explorations. He was attentive and engaging. Transportation went as smoothly as possible considering the impossible traffic in the city. I was kept informed when the pick up was running late due to congestion, and received apologies.

6 Stars!! It was the best of best city tour that we had in Turkey. Very kind and very knowledgeable tour guide, excellent communication and overall service. Definately recommended! for especially first-time visitors. Thank You!

Our guide Ali was amazing with his explanation of the heritage sites and gone above and beyond in helping me to find & retrieve my lost pair of glasses amongst the crowd! Highly recommend this tour and the services provided.

Excellent trip! Covered the main attractions in the day with good historical background.. perhaps slightly more time to be allocated on Topkapi so that Harem can be covered as well as the sacred relics due to the queue..

We did a lot of walking to see the highlights of Istanbul.