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 Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and Topkapi Palace Museum.

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


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.
  • 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.


  • 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


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.


  1. Thomas

    Esra met us at my hotel at 8.30 am for the Istanbul Old town walking tour. Tour included Hagia Sofia Mosque/Museum, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Old Hippodrome, and Grand bazaar as well as pointing out other aspects of the history of Istanbul. What a wonderful experience in Istanbul. We were totally enthralled with everything. Esra’s commentary and knowledge were excellent and her love of this city with its remarkable history was obvious. Thank you…

  2. Aliasghar

    Our guide, Veli, did a wonderful job showing us around Istanbul including the historical background of this fabulous city. Loved seeing the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar, and Basilica Cistern. Veli was prompt, very personable and one of my favorite guided tours. While booking the day tour, Tuna has been very attentive in responding to my emails. Highly recommend.

  3. Sam

    Mr Ugur of Toursce’ is a superior guide! He was both very knowledgeable and very friendly. We had very limited time in Istanbul and he made the most of it. We learned more from him than we ever could have on our own in this big city. When in Istanbul you simply must hire a local guide from this company.

  4. Kathryn

    Memorable visits to the most beautiful attractions in the old city of Istanbul were amazing. My first time visiting Istanbul was in September and since planning was quite a rush, I didn’t do much homework before I left from home. My friend invited us to join a guided Istanbul tour of the old city. Our tour guide was informative, kind, and most importantly patient with five ladies. I really appreciate the bits of information that the tour guide shares, which I would probably have missed by only reading from the websites and it is always very good to talk with knowledgeable locals.

  5. Anna

    We have been on a wonderful tour. Even though the Blue Mosque was under renovation on the tour day, we had a blessed time going around Sultanameth and visiting beautiful places like the Hagia Sophia, the old Hippodrome, and the Topkapi Palace Museum. The local tour guide Selcuk, who spoke Spanish and English was wonderful person, very knowledgeable, and provided a lot of information about these historical places. We were delighted.

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