Classical Historical Istanbul Tour

Hagia Sophia Museum

Istanbul is an important city in terms of its historical features. Many historical monuments belong to different cultures and civilizations are located in this city.

The existing cosmopolitan structure of the city also creates an environment for these different structures to continue to live actively. We have prepared an excellent Istanbul city tour for those who want to get to know Istanbul as part of its historical features.

In the Historical Istanbul tour, you will have the opportunity to know all the important historical areas in the city accompanied by our licensed tour guides.

The Classical-Historical Istanbul Tour is a full-day city tour. The main destinations included in the full-day tour are Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia Museum, Grand Bazaar, and Topkapi Palace Museum.

Duration: Full Day
Tour Type: Regular
Departure Days: Everyday
Start: 08:30
End: 17:00
Transportation: Bus

TOUR ITINERARY

08:00 / 08:30 am ─ You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul.
Then, you will be transferred to the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul. You can read this Istanbul city tour’s itinerary below.

  • Blue Mosque was determined as the first destination within the scope of the tour. Blue Mosque is a building where you can see Blue Iznik Tiles. This building, also known as Sultan Ahmet Mosque in Turkish, was built in the 17th century.
  • The second destination within the scope of the tour was determined as the Hippodrome. This structure is extremely magnificent and gives interesting information about the Byzantine period. The building, which was spread over a very large area, was built in the 2nd century BC. It has been used for centuries. For example, in the Byzantine period, the area where large competitions are held in the Hippodrome.
  • The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque (Hagia Sophia Museum) was designated as the third destination within the scope of the Istanbul tour. It will be a unique experience to see this structure on your short holiday in Istanbul. This structure, which has important remains of both Christianity and Muslim faith, is extremely robust. Moreover, this structure is still being used for some official and religious meetings.
  • Grand Covered Bazaar is the fourth destination to visit. Here you can buy ethnic products and experience a unique cultural experience. Desert and coffee varieties, some textile products, and decoration products are sold in this bazaar. In addition, the authentic structure of the bazaar is fascinating.
  • After this destination, you will have lunch at a local restaurant as part of the tour. This lunch will be covered by the tour. But drinks will be your special expenses during the meal.
  • The Magnificent Topkapi Palace will be the first destination after lunch. It is quite enjoyable to participate in this type of tour, especially in the summer. Because trips between destinations can be extremely fun. Topkapi Palace is an important building that has been used by the Ottoman Empire for years. By examining the structure, you will have the opportunity to learn about the past centuries. In addition, our tour guide will provide you with information about the buildings throughout the tour. This will give you a more sophisticated trip experience. “Spoon Diamond” in Turkish “Kasikci Elmasi” is one of the special things that you will have the chance to see here.
  • Sultan Tombs will be the last destination to visit. There are a total of 5 Ottoman sultans’ tombs in this area. Examining these structures can give you some information about the religious culture.
  • All transportation services between destinations will be free of charge. You will also not need to pay any extra ticket when entering the museum (Harem Part is excluded). All these expenses will be covered by the tour.

17:00 ─ When the Istanbul city tour ends, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Istanbul.

WHATS INCLUDED

  • Pick up and drop off from Central Hotels. (Sultanahmet, Aksaray, Beyazit, Laleli, Taksim, Beyoglu, Karakoy)
  • English Speaking Licenced Tour guide
  • Entrance Fees to the mentioned sights
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • All necessary land transportation by A/C Touristical Buses
  • Local Taxes
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks at the lunch
  • Any extra fees for transportation if your hotel is not central

REMARKS

Closed Days

  • Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday. Replaced with Arasta Bazaar or Handicraft Store
  • Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are closed on Friday due to Friday Prayer.
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday.
  • This tour is not operated on Tuesday & Friday.

24 REVIEWS

  1. Ross

    Istanbul was a great city, worth visiting every season and even during the covid period when the hotel prices are very low and no crowds in the streets. My travel agency advised me to have a private local guide to explore more deep history in the old city. I toured the old city with my guide without a time limit. I was amazed by the deep knowledge of the guide. Haja Sofia, Blue Mosque, Turkish Islamic and Art Museum, Topkapi Palace, Old Hippodrome, and the Basilica cistern were impressed me very much. I wish I had more time and could visit this region for one more day with a private guide. Also, it was a marvel to watch Istanbul from the Bosphorus. I think I will come again as soon as possible. Highly recommended.

  2. Luca

    Our memorable visits to the most beautiful attractions in the old city town were amazing. Our first time visiting Istanbul was in August. It was a lovely day in that great city. Our tour guide was amazing, super knowledgeable, and nice. This tour company was highly organized and tailored the day exactly as we wanted. All were superb!

  3. Devon

    A lovely day trip in Istanbul. The timing was so good, we skipped lineups. The information provided by the local guide was great with a nice balance of freedom for photos. The lunch was nice with a great selection of local dishes that were quite tasty. We would do this again for a fun day at top sites.

  4. Jose

    We booked this daily tour on the first day of our visit to Istanbul. The morning was spent visiting the Blue & Hagia Sophia mosques and museums and in the afternoon we visited the famous Topkapi Palace. All of them were very interesting. Our tour guide was very clear, concise, and informative. We were part of an 11 pax group of people from different parts of the world and all English speaking which only added to the trip. We sailed past the queues of people waiting to buy their entrance tickets and enter the buildings and could not have asked much more from our local guide. Thank you…

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