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. Rebeca

    There is nothing like staying in the middle of the Sultanahmet historic town in Istanbul… Steps away from the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Hagia Sofia and an easy walk to the world-famous old bazaar, Istanbul is an excellent walking city full of wonders, great food, and pastries for dessert. For the runners, there are endless areas of places to get your miles in among breathtaking sites… My daughter and I ran through the Gulhane garden, by Topkapi palace, past the cistern and bathhouses, and even did laps around the cobblestone track before the crowds arrived. Istanbul is a destination we plan to go to many more times!

  2. Ricky

    We loved Sebnem and her tour. She kept the energy level high and tailored the whole tour and day to us. That really was a great experience! We found the whole thing from the customer service, the quality of the guide, the tour program and the transportation as just perfect. Thank you so much, Toursce team for making our trip to Istanbul so memorable.

  3. Kenneth

    We usually don’t book tours but at the insistence of a friend who had used this tour company before, We booked Erkan’s company for an old city tour today. We started our email exchange three months before and he was extremely patient in answering all the smallest details about the tour. I told him what we wanted to see and he recommended what would be the best for us. We settled on a tour program that included the Topkapi Palace museum, old Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and Spice Bazaar plus airport transfers to our hotel. Our airport transfers were smooth & punctual. Our local tour guide was punctual, knowledgeable, very friendly, full of friendly tips for our other plans for Istanbul and took us to each place smoothly & quickly using public transport which was easy, very comfortable & fast. We didn’t have to think about anything about entrance tickets, just followed and listened to him telling us all about the deep history behind these places. Thank you, Erkan, and your travel team. Would definitely recommend them for seeing these sights in Istanbul. Best decision to book with Erkan’s tour company. We will meet for your Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Antalya tour next year. See you…

  4. Daniela

    Munevver was incredibly knowledgeable and tailored the day to suit us (we were the only 7 pax clients on the tour). All historical sites were fully explained in the program, the lunch was delicious and Munevver himself was a really interesting person. We’d highly recommend this tour, excellent guide & tour.

  5. Brien

    My fiance and I took the full day Istanbul History day trip in early Sept. 2021. Day Tour was designed for 7-10 people. We ended up with only another couple so it was very intimate and customized for our pace. We spent time at each site based somewhat on what the tour group wanted to see. Our local guide, Yavuz, was amazing! He was the wikipedia of Turkey’s history. He knew so much about the sights and delighted to share his vast knowledge and quick wit and clever humor. We had an ideal overview of each site and the trip was even more than we expected. They took us to a great local restaurant for lunch and ordered for us. That was part of the trip and the food was also good. We started the excursion at 9:15 and were done at 5:30. Bravo to Tuna for his great follow up when we were making arrangements and kudos to Yavuz for a great and memorable tour. Great insight/great value!

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