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Istanbul Classics Half-Day Morning Tour

Product ID: 18116
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Take a half-day tour in the ancient district of Sultanahmet to see some of Istanbul's most famous landmarks. Explore the stunning interior of Blue Mosque, take in the history of the Hagia Sophia, and see the impressive Hippodrome and German Fountain.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Take a walk through Istanbul's beautiful Sultanahmet district and see some of the city's best sights
  • Admire the beautiful architecture and interior of the Blue Mosque
  • Walk along the historic Hippodrome and it's impressive monuments, including the German Fountain
  • Experience centuries of religion and fascinating history at the magnificent Hagia Sophia
Full description
Experience Istanbul's remarkable and historic highlights on a half-day tour through the city's most picturesque area, a must for any visitor to this unforgettable city.

Our day will begin at the Hagia Sophia - The Church of Divine Wisdom. This amazing structure was first dedicated as a church by the Roman Emperor Justinian in the year 360, was turned into a mosque during Ottoman rule, and was opened to the public as a museum in 1935. Admire the layers of history in this beautiful building.

Next, you will see the German Fountain, a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid. Hear the fascinating story of the Kaiser's trips to the Ottoman Empire, and the relationship forged between the two rulers.

Then, walk along the nearby and beautifully preserved Hippodrome, where the chariot races were once organized by the Romans and Byzantines. The Hippodrome is home to even more impressive monuments, including a magnificent Egyptian obelisk.

Finally, explore the Blue Mosque, Istanbul's only mosque with six minarets, dating back to 1616. This stunning piece of architecture takes its name from the amazing blue tiles that decorate its interior.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
What’s Not Included
  • Refreshments

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Important information
Know before you go
Caferaga Medrese and Blue Mosque will switch places on Fridays.

The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

Please note that the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) will be closed to visitors between March 1 2018 and May 15 2018 due to renovations. During this time there will be no interior visit to the mosque and can be seen from the outside only.
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Value for money
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ISTANBUL WALKS

Product ID: 18116