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, Topkapi Palace Museum and Sultan Tombs.

Duration: Full Day
Tour Type: Regular
Departure Days: Everyday
Starting Place: 08:30
Ending Place: 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

  • Hagia Sophia is closed in the winter period on Monday. Replaced with Underground Cistern
  • Blue Mosque is closed on Friday due to Friday Prayer. No Replacement.
  • Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sunday. Replaced with Handicraft Store
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday. Replaced with Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Sultan Tombs is closed on Monday. Replaced with Little Hagia Sophia Mosque and on Tuesday replaced with Camlica Hill.

REVIEWS

9 reviews for Istanbul History Tour
  1. Harper

    Our guide Filiz was a great historian and Istanbul city is a great history lesson! She was able to impart the great history of each of the locations. However, it was information overload to us. I think by the 15th minute, I lost most of what she has to say. Especially after lunch at the local restaurant. Too much standing around listening to her. I would love to wander around the area a little more, less standing around listening to history. It would have been better if she would walk with us, give us little snippets of important, and interesting history/information of an area in the attraction, walk some more, and do the same rather than the 20 – 30 minutes standing around with her talking and then us wandering around. Other than that I loved the day trip as like other tour participants.

  2. William

    This tour was my best tour ever in Turkey in two weeks. With my family of 7, we booked a 14 days vacation in Turkey. Also, we used some of the tour companies in Turkey. This tour and hotels booked by toursce.com were very good. The hotels were much better than we accepted. All of them were clean and large rooms and the location was amazing of them. Our Istanbul tour guide Mr. Ugur was so kind, helpful, and knowledgeable about Istanbul and all over Turkey. We learned a lot about Turkish culture and Turkey from him. The Tour program was very good and the tour guide’s English was just perfect. Everything was perfect during our holiday in Istanbul city. I do not like to talk about other reservations I did by other companies in Turkey. Because I want to forget them. I wish we had organized all my reservations with you.

  3. Bailey

    Ergun at the day tour was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, and engaging. He was so patient, helpful, and ensured that the group knew how long and when and where to get together. Travelling by tour bus during the day in the program is the way to go, so have no issues with that. As a highlights tour, it whets the appetite for more. Turkey is an amazing place, Istanbul particularly is particularly scenic and unusual. No issues with accommodation in the city, hotel staff were generally helpful to address any issues. An only minor point is WiFi was a bit hit and miss at the hotel. If you buy a Turkcell mobile phone card for about $45 US it should cover you to use as a hotspot in those cases.

  4. Allyana

    Thanks, Toursce team and our guide Mustafa for making Istanbul such a memorable experience. We definitely had a great mix of people, experienced, a great local tour guide, and fun to make this a very memorable and hassle-free holiday. we can’t wait for our next toursce.com adventure.

  5. Rashmi

    The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque (Hagia Sophia Museum) – Hippodrome – Blue Mosque – Grand Bazaar – Topkapi Palace Museum
    This excursion was an amazing experience for us on the first visit to Istanbul. Visiting different cities in the world was the highlight of our trip. The sights we visited were beautiful and full of history. I would like to thank your tour guide for always making sure our group was together. Because it was very busy at the visiting sights. The tour guide made us feel safe. Thank you toursce.com travel team.

  6. Ann

    Everything was very well organized in the itinerary of our first visit to Istanbul. The excursion sites were awe-inspiring. The pace of this faultless itinerary was somewhat hectic but enjoyable. It was more than satisfied with what I wanted to see and do. The small tour group that I was paired with was energetic and friendly making the experimentation even better. Would recommend this excursion to anyone, especially those who like walking. Thumbs up to this tour.

  7. Massimo

    I was with Erkan on the city tour of Istanbul. I asked him that I need to see non-touristic parts of Istanbul too. He took me to perfect places and hidden towns. Had an amazing day with him in Samatya and Kocamustafapasa. I strongly recommend toursce.com and his team for anyone coming to visit Istanbul. They know how to visit the local sights of Istanbul. I wish we had two more days in Istanbul. we could visit the famous tea houses and play OKEy with locals.

  8. Mariana

    What a great day with the small group tour in the old town of Istanbul! we had a great experience. Our guide Asli was a master of logistics. Our small group skipped lines and got into all our stops easily allowing for more time to explore the sights. Asli is a native of Istanbul and has the information & history down. We would never have learned so much without this day trip. Our guide Asli was outstanding in her knowledge of the history and architecture of the city and conveyed that knowledge to us in a friendly, interesting, and highly informative way. Recommended your day tour for all.

  9. Jhoanna

    The local guide was excellent at her job. She was knowledgeable, very clear with her explanations, and historical knowledge. She was friendly and it was a pleasure to travel with. Toursce.com team was good, we felt very safe with them. Thank you.

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