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Best of Istanbul with Local Guide

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Activity provider: TURISTA TRAVEL AGENCY

Best of Istanbul with Local Guide

Activity provider: TURISTA TRAVEL AGENCY

From US$ 89.73 per person

Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Roman-era Hippodrome. Topkapi Palace, where Ottoman sultans held their court and Grand Bazaar. Lunch at the famous Turkish restaurant.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from all hotels in Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Beyazıt, Aksaray and Taksim areas.


  • Visit 1500-year-old Hagia Sophia
  • Explore the Blue Mosque, one of the best-preserved examples of Ottoman architecture
  • Discover the Grand Bazaar, one of the most famous markets in the world
  • Magnificent Topkapi Palace
Full description
Your guide will collect you from your hotel around 8 AM in a climate-controlled vehicle to embark on a walking tour of Istanbul's Sultanahmet, the heart of the Old City and both Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Your first stop is the 1500-year-old Hagia Sophia, with its grand, gilded dome: your guide will explain its rich heritage and history.  Next, stroll to the Blue Mosque, with its six slender minarets. Built for Sultan Ahmet I in the seventeenth century, it's one of the best-preserved examples of Ottoman architecture. Continue to Istanbul's Hippodrome, once the site of epic chariot races, and also the center of Byzantine life for a thousand years. Your guide will explain the countless dramas that have unfolded on this site. Stop at the historic Caferaga Medresesi to learn about traditional handicrafts and music, before breaking for lunch at a local restaurant. Your next stop is Topkapi Palace, the home of the Ottoman sultans, their harem and their eunuchs for around 400 years. Finally, delve into the stalls and alleyways of the Grand Bazaar, one of the most famous markets in the world. Haggle for jewelry, leather, or carpets, or simply window shop. Your tour finishes at 5 PM in central Sultanahmet.
  • Museum and entrance tickets
  • Local expert guide
  • Local lunch
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please note that the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) will be closed to visitors between March 1 2018 and May 15 2018 due to renovations.
  • Saint Sophia is open on Mondays between 01 April to 30 October
  • Topkapı Palace closed on Tuesday
  • Grand Bazaar closed on Sunday
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.5 /5

based on 8 reviews

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Must do of ıstanbul

Not only named small group real small group ı had. It was nice to walk around the historical sites of Istanbul witha local expert guide. The guide was very helpful in explaining about history. We had local famous restourant lınch where local people eat not a turistic place which was so nice. We had more enjoyable time and better answer to our questions because few people in the tour. Thank you very mıch

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September 30, 2019

Yesterday (August 10, 2018) I did the full day tour of Istanbul and we found it highly recommended. They showed us the old city area, with all the explanations in English and the food and tickets to the tourist attractions were included. It was a very nice day despite the extreme heat.

August 11, 2019

A lot of information

detailed information - a little too much, as only small parts of it were noticed at the end of the day. Tour guide very nice and tried hard. It was also positive that the waiting times for the tickets were minimized. All in all an informative and nice day, if a bit exhausting - due to the abundance of information - the heat also contributed to the fact that everyone was tired at the end of the tour.

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July 4, 2019

Product ID: 127847