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Istanbul: Full-Day Heritage Tour

4.3 / 5

27 reviews

Activity provider: Adore Tour & Travel

Istanbul: Full-Day Heritage Tour

Activity provider: Adore Tour & Travel

From US$ 100.55 per person

See Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar with an official guide, entrance fees as per itinerary, lunch and transportation during a full-day historical small group tour.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
City center hotels on the European side of Istanbul.

Experience

Highlights
  • See Hagia (Saint) Sophia, Sultanahmet Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, New Mosque and German Fountain
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar, the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops full of treasures
  • Enjoy your Lunch
  • Visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries
  • Last Stops, Hagia Irene & Gulhane Park. Transfer to your hotel after the tour.
Full description
Begin your tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by the 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 the exquisite 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. Brief Handicrafts Presentation & Lecture (Optional Attendance) next to the Grand Bazaar. Free time to explore Grand Bazaar on your own. 1 hour visit, Meeting back and drive to Lunch. 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, Note: Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. On Sundays we visit Nuruosmaniye Street around Grand Bazaar since Grand Bazaar is closed. Enjoy your Lunch. Visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewelry thrones of sultans, robes worn by the sultans and their families, miniatures, the Holy Mantle and the Chamber of Sacred Relics. (The harem is not included in the program and visit will require an extra entrance fee.)  Duration for Topkapi Palace: 1 hour 45 minutes Our next stop, Hagia Irene, the Church of the Holy Peace, is one of the few churches in Istanbul that was never converted into a mosque. Hagia Irene reputedly stands on the site of a pre-Christian temple and has the distinction of being the first church built in Byzantium as it was converted into the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. From there, we visit Gülhane Park, once a part of the outer gardens of Topkapı Palace, where the Edict of Gülhane, a declaration of rights and liberties that played an essential role in the modernization of the Ottoman Empire. After the proclamation of the Republic, Gülhane Park was for many years home to the Istanbul Zoo.
Includes
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off (city center hotels on the European side only)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Guide and air-conditioned vehicle
  • VAT
  • 4-course lunch (vegetarian menu is available and sample menu: soup and seasonal appetizers and salad, main course like meatball or chicken, dessert)
  • Gratuities/ tip (optional)
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Children 18-years-old and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • During religious holidays, the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar will be closed
  • Cover ups and head scarves will be provided at the Blue Mosque
  • On Sundays, when Grand Bazaar is closed, you will visit Nuruosmaniye around the Grand Bazaar
  • On Friday morning, The Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia are visioned only from outside because of Friday Prayer.
  • On Tuesdays, when Topkapı Palace is closed, this tour will not be offered
  • 20 to 25 persons for each group
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.1/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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An Average Historical Tour !

December 5, 2022

Great visits to Essential Istanbul sites with a passionate and knowledgeable guide

December 3, 2022

The driver was on time and the trip to our first stop went smoothly. Our guide was very knowledgeable and good at keeping our group together. I really recommend this tour for anyone new to Istanbul.

September 3, 2022

Product ID: 97770