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Full-Day Istanbul Ancient Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour

Product ID: 17357
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Join us for a full-day tour of Istanbul remarkable historical center, including a visit to the magnificent Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, and the amazing Haghia Sophia. Then, look for a bargain at the city's bustling Grand Bazaar!
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

At the front desk of your hotel.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See Istanbul's most famous historic and cultural sites on this full-day tour
  • Walk through the historic Hippodrome, Istanbul's first stadium and home to three impressive monuments
  • Marvel at the stunning Blue Mosque, decorated with beautiful blue Iznik tiles
  • Explore Topkapi Palace, the home of more than 25 Sultans over 400 years
  • Shop around at the bustling Grand Bazaar, the city's beating commercial heart, that dates back to 1461
Full description
After departing from your hotel, we will take a trip to the historic peninsula of old Istanbul, the place from which the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires once ruled their vast realms. This all-day tour of the ancient city’s relics will show you how deep the history goes.

Our first stop will be the Hippodrome, Istanbul’s ancient sports stadium. In Byzantine times, the Hippodrome, which sits next to the Blue Mosque, was a huge open-air arena with banks of seats forming an elongated oval shape.

Then it’s on to the 16th-century Blue Mosque. Take a moment to gaze at its majestic domes, peaceful courtyards, and its six slender minarets. Your next stop will be Hagia Sophia, one of the world’s architectural marvels. Afterward there will be a chance to shop at the nearby stores and stands before having lunch at a local restaurant.

From there you will visit Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans. Feel the ghosts of the imperial past brushing up against you as you visit the harem, the private quarters of the Sultan’s family and the subject of much western fantasizing.

Your last stop of day is Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Dating back to 1461, this immense covered market is one of the liveliest and most colorful parts of the old city. Istanbul is a complex, ancient history, and this full-day walking tour shows you a history as colorful and complex as the city’s famous market.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Istanbul
  • Guided full-day tour
  • All entrance fees
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
Dolmabahce Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace are closed on Monday and Thursday.
Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday.
Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday.
Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.