Guided tour

Istanbul Classics Tour

3.5 / 5

55 reviews

Activity provider: Gray Line Turkey
Guided tour

Istanbul Classics Tour

Activity provider: Gray Line Turkey

From US$ 54.21 per person

Enjoy a half-day tour of Istanbul and explore the Byzantine and Ottoman heart of the Old City. See Istanbul icons such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome, and stroll through the lively Grand Bazaar looking for souvenir gifts.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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English, German, Spanish


  • Visit the monumental Hagia Sophia
  • See the splendid Blue Mosque, icon of Istanbul
  • Go to the Hippodrome and follow in the footsteps of chariot races and athletic events
  • Stroll through the lively Grand Covered Bazaar and pick up a souvenir bargain
  • Enjoy complimentary pick-up from all centrally located Istanbul hotels
Full description
Take a 3.5-hour tour of Istanbul’s "Sultan Ahmet Center," and discover the heart of the Old City, the seat of the former Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. During the guided tour, you will visit some of Istanbul’s major icons, including the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome Skip the line at the magnificent Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Opposite the Hagia Sophia lies the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, famous for the stunning blue İznik tiles that furnish its interior. Its 6 minarets stand proudly over the horizon, and can be seen from all across the city. You will also visit the ancient Hippodrome, center of chariot races, athletic events, and political activities in ancient times. See the Serpentine Column, the Obelisk of Theodosius, and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, among other superb monuments. Use your free time to head into the crowds at the Grand Covered Bazaar, Istanbul’s most attractive shopping center, and the largest souk in the world. Explore more than 4,000 shops selling everything from antiques, to jewelry, to gold, carpets, leatherware, and souvenir items. Try your hand at haggling and see if you can walk away with a bargain!
  • Tour guide
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket to Hagia Sophia
  • Pick-up service from centrally-located Istanbul hotels
  • Hotel drop off

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Meeting point

Guests should come to the meeting point which is in front of the Tamara Restaurant or The Marmara Taksim Hotel at 08:00.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • The Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays - on this day of the week it will be replaced with a visit to an authentic shop
  • On Friday mornings before 1:00 PM, the Blue Mosque is only visited from the outside because of the noon prayer
  • Please note that there may be long waiting times for entry to the Blue Mosque
  • Pick-up is only available for centrally located Istanbul hotels
  • Free shuttle pick-up is offered between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM (depending on the location of your hotel), and takes 45 to 60 minutes
  • Please note that on the afternoon tour you will visit other authentic shops instead of the Grand Bazaar
  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. On this day of the week, this part of the tour will be replaced by a visit to the Yerebatan Cistern. Hagia Sophia is not closed on Mondays on high season
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.5 /5

based on 55 reviews

Review summary

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  • Service
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The tour was very good and our guide excellent and knowledgeable. The organization however was a disaster. We were picked up from our hotel at 08.00 (as instructed in the email) in a bus, we were driven around the old city picking other guests, we met other buses near the sea, where an exchange of passengers was done between the buses and finally we arrived at the start point of the tour at 09.00 to realize that it was just 100 meters from our hotel! We were never offered the option of just meeting the group at the start point of the walking tour at 09.00. This option was always offered to us in other tours we had in other European cities. No pick up from the hotel and drive around for hours, just meeting at the meeting point where the tour actually starts. We just woke early and spend one hour just sitting in a bus.

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March 31, 2023

An excellent short tour to experience the main attractions of Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. The Basilica Cisterns too by the way. Very good guide (sadly forget the name!), he was very detailed and patiently explained everything the tour party posed. Fluent english. The pick-up and drop to the hotel too was efficient.

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March 31, 2023

En vidende og fortællende gide fin tur. Vi boede dog kun 5 minutters gang fra startsted, så det kunne være fint at man enten kunne blive hentet på hotel eller selv transportere sig til startsted, så kunne vi have undgået en næsten timelang busopsamlingstur, og lidt ærgerligt at denne bustur var en del af den afsatte tid, næsten en time ud af 4 timer.

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March 31, 2023

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