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Istanbul: Best of the City Private Full-Day Walking Tour

1. Istanbul: Best of the City Private Full-Day Walking Tour

This private experience is the perfect introduction to Istanbul for first-time visitors. Enjoy a guided full-day tour to discover the best of the city. The tour can be fully customized to suit your needs, simply tell your guide what interests you the most.  Visit the historic Hippodrome, the exquisite Blue Mosque and the iconic Hagia Sophia. Experience the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman Sultans with a tour of Topkapi Palace, or browse the colorful stalls of the Grand Bazaar. The choice is yours. Benefit from pickup and drop-off at your centrally-located hotel. With your private guide you’ll enjoy priority entrance to all the sights, so standing you won’t waste time standing in queues.

Istanbul: Guided City Highlights Day Trip

2. Istanbul: Guided City Highlights Day Trip

After being picked up from your hotel, meet your guide and embark on a full day tour of Istanbul's main landmarks and historical sites. Start with a trip to the Hagia Sophia Museum. Discover how for many centuries, the Hagia Sophia was the largest church in the world, and still boasts the 4th largest dome in the world as one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. Next, head over to the Topkapi Palace Museum, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. Discover how the former palace boasted a population of about 4,000 people at its peak and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years. Located on a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, it sits in tranquil gardens that provide shade from the blazing heat of the summer. Pop into the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem, among other attractions. Continue the tour with a visit to the Hippodrome, a former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. Witness the 3 remaining monuments from the original building, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. Pause to look at the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble columns. After this, make a stop at the Blue Mosque, more officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque. Admire the striking blue tiles which give the mosque its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Located close to Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque was considered the Supreme Imperial Mosque in Istanbul. Finally, take a stroll through the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handicraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric, and it's a great place to try out your bargaining skills.

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour

3. Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour

Explore Istanbul according to your own interests on a tailor-made sightseeing tour. A licensed guide will meet you in your hotel or port and work with you to create an itinerary that suits you best, leaving you satisfied that you have seen all of Istanbul. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, such as Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern on the first day. On day two, take the public ferry to Bosphorus to see both Istanbul’s European and Asian sides. From here, visit Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal Street and the spice market. Day three takes you on a walk through the streets of Fener-Balat neighboorhood. Enjoy a cable car ride and soak up views of Pierre Loti Hill, then visit Chora Church to see the mosaics and frescoes.

Historical Tour of Sultanahmet, Istanbul

4. Historical Tour of Sultanahmet, Istanbul

Are you ready to explore Istanbul? Join us for a half-day tour of the city's greatest Byzantine and Ottoman attractions, all located in the historical Sultanahmet Peninsula of old Istanbul. Your tour will begin with a trip to the Hippodrome, Istanbul’s first sports Stadium. In Byzantine times, the Hippodrome, was a huge open-air sports stadium with banks of seats forming an elongated oval shape around a central arena. While you visit Hippodrome, close your eyes to hear sounds of running horses and roar of spectators cheering on their favorite teamsas they careered round the Hippodrome. Your next stop will be Sultanahmet Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, which is located on the site of the original Byzantine city. Built in the 16th century, it is known for its magnificent interior decoration, distinguished by blue Iznik tiles, beautiful domes and semidomes, nice courtyards, and six slender minarets. After visiting Blue Mosque, your next stop will be Hagia Sophia, the largest Byzantine church in the world. The current structure, built by Justinian in the 6th.century, is truly an architectural marvel. During the Ottoman period, the building was transformed into a mosque. It is certainly one of the most important buildings in architectural history.

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What people are saying about Sultanahmet Square

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 411 reviews

Musa exceeded our expectations. He genuinely knows his job and took us to the important tourist spots in Istanbul. He is very knowledgeable about the history of the Ottoman empire. We did not feel rushed. We walked for long hours and we did not hear any complaints from him. You can tell he is very passionate about what he is doing and he is very welcoming. Thank you so much Musa for showing us Istanbul. It made our trip memorable.

We had a great experience. Josh, our tourist guide was fantastic. He was puntual, competent, patient and charismatic. He cared about how we feel, and answered our questions. He was helpful and willing to help. I would recommend 100% this tour with Josh.

Mumat was the tour guide we could wish for. Very good english speaker and know everything about the history of Turkey and The Islam. very professional. If you want to see everything and be focused Mumat is your guide!

Attentive guide and demonstrating knowledge of the tourist spots visited. The only caveat is that the tour, as they are tourist spots in the same region of the city, is done on foot.

Knowledgeable guide and nice trip. Just enough time in each place. Lunch was simple but good.