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Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour Start Point
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Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour Duration
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Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour
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Istanbul Bosphorus, Turkey

Istanbul City Tour

Istanbul Byzantine & Ottoman Traces

Ful Day Istanbul Classic City Tour Including Blue Mosque, Ancient Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar. Sultanahmet and Beyond: Explore the old city of Istanbul on a full day guided tour

The heart of Istanbul remains its fascinating Old City, home to some of the most historic sites of this vibrant megapolis. Dramatically located on a peninsula pointing across the Bosphorus Strait to Asia, Sultanahmet was formerly the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

Overview, Istanbul Tour of Highlights

See the sights of Istanbul on an 8-hour tour with inclusive lunch. Admire the former church and mosque of the Hagia Sophia, see the site of Bzyantine sports at the Roman Hippodrome, explore the alleys of the Grand Bazzar, and much more.

In this tour you should expect to see 2000 years of mysterious history of Roman Empire to Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic. You will be learning the lives of Roman Emperors and Ottoman Sultans in the haves and the have-nots or things that shouldn't be talked about and the implicit stories.

This tour will give you information as clear as daylight from the dusty books and will provide it in interactice and sometimes with a humour .We are here to give you wonderful days with a accompany of our passionate tour guides who have dedicated their lives to both learn and share history.

Istanbul City Tour Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Istanbul's essential sites.
  • Choose a small-group tour for a more personal experience.
  • See one of the world's great architectural masterpieces at the Hagia Sophia.
  • Wander the stores of the Grand Bazaar.
  • Admire the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque.
  • Discover the 5 tombs of the Ottoman Sultans: Sultans Tombs.
  • Go to the imperial residence of the former sultans.
  • Visit the site of ancient chariot races at the Roman Hippodrome.

Itinerary

Istanbul Old City Tourist Map
Places to visit on this Istanbul Tour

  • Sultanahmet District (Old City)
  • Ancient Hippodrome
  • Obelisk of Theodosius
  • Serpent Column
  • Walled Obelisk
  • German Fountain
  • Blue Mosque
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Sogukcesme Street
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Grand Bazaar

Ancient Roman Hippodrome

Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise And Turkish Night Shows

Although the Ancient Roman Hippodrome in Istanbul was originally built in the 2nd century AD, the magnificent Hippodrome, whose ruins are located in Sultanahmet Square (Horse Square) today, was reconstructed by Constantine the Great in the 4th century. Converting Byzantion to Nea Roma had a price, and one of those costs was the Hippodrome! And if the New Rome was to be the capital city of Constantinople, it had to be the city's most spectacular work.

Egyptian Obelisk

Istanbul Bosphorus Dinner Cruise And Turkish Night Shows

The Egyptian obelisk, since it has been stolen by Romans from the Ra temple Thutmose III could never find peace. Anger of Ra and his curse has never left Romans alone which is perhaps why Romans collapsed.

Serpentine Column

Istanbul City Tour, Serpentine Column

The Serpent Column, also known as the Burma Column, brought to Istanbul by the Emperor Constantine; It was erected in the temple of Apollo at Dephi (Delphi) to commemorate the victory of the Greek city-states over the Persians.

Walled Column

Istanbul City Tour, Walled Column

Walled Column, which was built from limestone blocks in the 4th century, is 32 meters high. As a result of the excavations, it was seen that there was a fountain on each of its four faces.

German Fountain

Istanbul City Tour, German Fountain

Perhaps it is a bribe from German Prince to Ottoman Sultan. However acceptance of the present by Sultan may have led being arm in arm during World War I.

Blue Mosque; The most majestic Ottoman Mosque

A real sultan mosque, the building of which everyone opposes on the way to becoming an icon of Istanbul. The only 6 minaret mosque of the Ottoman Empire was built. It is adorned from the mosque ground to the dome with more than 20 thousand Iznik tiles. These blue tiles are the reason why foreigners call this mosque the "Blue Mosque". However, this mosque is met with a lot of reaction both at the empire and abroad. The people were upset that the state coffers are being emptied with unnecessary expenditures, and the Muslim world is upset with the world's only mosque with 6 minarets in the Kaaba. So much so that the Sultan had to build a 7th minaret for the mosque in the Kaaba.

Hurrem Sultan hamami

Sultan Suleiman fell in love once. He loved only one person until he died. She is the most powerful lady of 16th century, whatever she asks she gets...

Hagia Sophia Hurrem Sultan Bath is the largest historical bath in Turkey. As with many architectural beauties in Istanbu. It was built next to Hagia Sophia in the 16th century for his wife, Haseki Hurrem Sultan, by order of Suleiman the Magnificent.

Hagia Sophia; The legacy of both Christian and Muslim culture

Istanbul City Tour, Hagia Sophia

Throughout the history no other structure has been punished because of the magnificent beauty it has as much as the The Hagia Sophia, house of the miracles. It is the only built made by humanity that could host Romans,Ottomans and for today embracing the whole world. The Hagia Sophia is as important as the Istanbul and we are certain without it Istanbul would never be the same.

Topkapi Palace; Home of the Ottoman Sultans

Istanbul City Tour, Topkapi Palace

Betrayals, passions, bloods , deaths,loves conspiracies. The palace where a whole state was ruled for 400 years. The most important Turkish structure of Istanbul, where the people who lead the world live, the lovers of flowers, the lovers of art, delicacy, and elegance are embodied, is the most important Turkish structure. Topkapi Palace with its most simple appearance in front of you.

Grand Bazaar; One of the largest and oldest markets in the world

Istanbul City Tour, Grand Bazaar

First time in the world such a colorful life has met up with a bazaar. In 15th century the world' first ever shopping center opened. Since that day the heart of shopping beats there. If you ever want a journey inside of heart of Istanbul the Grand Bazaar invites you to a brand new atmosphere. Believe us you have never seen such thing like that.

Good to Know

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays instead you will visit Dolmabahce Palace.
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead, you will visit the open-air bazaar
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Blue Mosque is closed Friday mornings and our guide will show & introduce from outside
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We as BOSPHORUS TOUR ISTANBUL, want to ensure the minds of travelers that, all the necessary safety measures and precautions will be maintained at all times; hand sanitizer will be available, masks will be given out, seats will be blocked out on coaches, reduced groups sizes and social distancing measures will be taking against COVID-19 infections. We will follow up on the new regulations/restrictions permanently and update our procedures accordingly. This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers Operated by BOSPHORUS TOUR ISTANBUL

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Hotel Pick-Up and drop-off
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch in a terrace restaurant with a great view of the city

What's not Included

  • Entrance fees to Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace are not included (own expense)
    Museum entrance tickets (Hagia Sophia: 25 Euro, Topkapi Palace and Harem Section: 50 Euro
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities

Important Info:

  • Hagia Sophia will be replaced with Underground Cistern on Monday
  • Blue Mosque will be replaced with Nuruosmaniye Mosque on Friday
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday
  • Vehichle is used only for the necessary part of these tours, so please be prepared for a bit of walking during the day.

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off services from centrally located hotels
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Lunch
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Tour guide

Additional info

  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • 5-8 yrs %30 discount / 0-4 yrs Free

Frequently Asked Questions

Istanbul City Tour Frequently Asked Questions

A: We keep our tour group size as limited as possible, not more than people per group. All the tour groups are maintained following all the safety measures.

A: All the sights indicated in the tour itinerary are visited in the tour.

A: Yes, Istanbul Tour includes entrance fees of attractions specified upon booking. If during or after the tour you would like to visit something extra you will just pay for it then.

A: Yes! For most of the tours we guarantee pre-purchased tickets in order to skip the line.

A: Send us an email or a request form from our site, an operator will answer as soon as possible providing all the detailed information about the tour (lenght, price, what is included, etc...). Then you will answer your decision about the tour and the operator will email you how to conclude the booking.

A: It is important that we will be able to contact you by telephone in case of last minute communications. Please allow us to be able to contact you.

A: We will gladly take into consideration your preferences but we can not guarantee a particular guide availability. We assure that all our guides are fully licensed, very competent, professional and fluent in your language.

A: This is our common policy:

  • 3 days prior - 25% penalty charge
  • 2 days prior - 50% penalty charge
  • 24 hours prior - full amount penalty charge
  • Some tours have a stricter cancellation policy. Ask us please during the booking procees.

A: Yes, we accept payments by Visa and Master cards.

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  • Specilaized Bilingual Guide
  • Private Transport
  • Entrance Fees
  • Box Lunch,Water,Dinner and Snacks

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  • Private Transport
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  • Box Lunch,Water,Dinner and Snacks

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  • Specilaized Bilingual Guide
  • Private Transport
  • Entrance Fees
  • Box Lunch,Water,Dinner and Snacks

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  • Specilaized Bilingual Guide
  • Private Transport
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  • Box Lunch,Water,Dinner and Snacks

Sultanahmet and Beyond Discover Historical Istanbul on an Istanbul City Tour with Velena Travel

Sultanahmet and Beyond: Discover Sultanahmet Mosque, the Ancient Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar with a full-day guided city tour. Full-Day Istanbul Classic City Tour.
Sultanahmet, situated on a peninsula stretching from the Istanbul Strait to Asia, holds a dramatic position. It was once the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
This captivating city, which served as the capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Ottoman Empire and hosts historical sites, continues to bear witness to history with its badge of being an ancient city and reflects the history it has witnessed.

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Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace Begin your journey at Sultanahmet Square, surrounded by iconic landmarks like the Hagia Sophia, a historical masterpiece, and Topkapi Palace, once home to Ottoman sultans.
Lunch Delights: Turkish Cuisine Savor Turkish culinary delights at a local eatery.
Grand Bazaar and Hippodrome Shop at the Grand Bazaar and visit the ancient Hippodrome, where history comes alive.
Bosphorus Sunset: A Breathtaking View; End the day with a mesmerizing Bosphorus sunset, framing Istanbul's skyline.

Unveiling the Timeless Charms of Istanbul with Full Day Old City Tour

When it comes to exploring the rich history and cultural treasures of Istanbul, there's no better way to do it than with a full-day Old City tour. Istanbul, the captivating city that has been at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries, offers a glimpse into its glorious past through its historic landmarks, fascinating stories, and vibrant local life.
As you embark on this full-day adventure, be prepared to be enchanted by the iconic sights that have shaped Istanbul's identity. From the majestic Hagia Sophia, a symbol of Byzantine architecture, to the magnificent Blue Mosque with its intricate tilework, each stop on this tour is a testament to the city's historical significance.
The journey continues to the Topkapi Palace, the opulent residence of Ottoman sultans, where you'll walk in the footsteps of emperors, surrounded by stunning courtyards and stunning artifacts. The enchanting aromas and vibrant colors of the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, will captivate your senses as you explore the maze-like alleys.
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