Day trip

Istanbul: Full-Day Guided Tour of the Old City

Activity provider: Apasas Travel Turkey
Day trip

Istanbul: Full-Day Guided Tour of the Old City

Activity provider: Apasas Travel Turkey

From US$ 103.83 per person

Join a guided tour of Istanbul and spend a full day exploring the historic city center and its sights with a professional guide.

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Duration 6 hours
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Pickup included
Please wait in your hotel lobby 5 minutes before the scheduled pickup time.


  • Spend a full day immersing yourself in Istanbul's rich history
  • Visit the city's most iconic sights
  • See the Hagia Sophia
  • Explore the opulent Topkapi Palace
  • Admire the blue Iznik tiles that adorn the interior walls of the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque
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Visit Istanbul's must-see sights on a full-day tour with an expert guide. See the Hagia Sophia, explore the opulent Topkapi Palace, marvel at the blue Iznik tiles at the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, visit the Hippodrome and take in the colors and sights of the Grand Bazaar.

Start your sightseeing adventure with a convenient pickup from your hotel and head to your first stop, St. Sophia. An architectural marvel, this ancient basilica was built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century.

From here, your tour takes you to Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. View the exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain housed in the Palace Museum, along with the robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, and much more.

Your next stop on this city sightseeing tour is the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque. Learn about the history of this impressive structure and discover why it is also known as the Blue Mosque.

Follow your guide as you head to see the Hippodrome. This square was once a circus that served as the sporting and social center of Constantinople. See the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.

End your tour on a high note as your guide takes you to visit the Grand Spice Bazaar. Stroll through the labyrinth of streets and passages lined with more than 4,000 stores. Discover merchants selling carpets, hand-painted ceramic plates, meerschaum pipes, hand-hewn copperware, and much more. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guided tour of Istanbul's historic sights
  • Entrance fees for all sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Lunch or any other food and drinks
  • Gratuities for your driver and guide

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday
  • Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque is closed on Friday
  • The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday
Customer reviews

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Our guide was superb. She worked for a local tour operator and was terrifically familiar with the Sultanahmet area. We toured all there, plus the Grand Bazar and she allowed more than the 6 hours we were supposed to have taken. A thorough walking tour. Great. Very recommended.

May 26, 2022

Berk was so professional and informative. He is the best representative for this company.

September 18, 2021

Excelente la atención del guía turístico y sus explicaciones, impresionantes las mezquitas y el palacio de Topkapi, en fin lo recomiendo 100 %

July 21, 2022


Product ID: 403152