1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Hagia Sophia

Istanbul: Half Day Morning Walking Tour

Product ID: 127424
Explore the highlights of Sultanahmet old city, where Turkey’s Ottoman and Byzantine empires located before. Visit the UNESCO-Listed Hagia Sophia, breathe taking Blue Mosque and famous Hippodrome with an local expert guide.
About this activity
Duration: 3 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
Skip the line through express security check
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Pick-up from all hotels in Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Beyazıt, Aksaray and Taksim area. Please provide the full name and address of your hotel.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the UNESCO-Listed Hagia Sophia
  • Visit the great Blue Mosque
  • See the famous Byzantine Hippodrome
Full description
Visit Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. St.Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. It is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and in to a museum by Atataürk in 1935.

Explore the Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. The last great imperial mosque of the classical period, its name comes from the 20,000 marvelous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls.

Discover the Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.
Includes
  • Museum and entrance fees
  • Local expert guide
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
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.

Saint Sophia is open on Mondays between 01 April to 30 October
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.1 / 5
  • Organization
    4.1 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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I was picked up from my hotel as scheduled although the structure of the tour was not explained at the time. We waited for the driver and was taken to a central meeting spot where a few of us were told to come off the bus. Then it was explained by Songu who was the tour guide for my tour the structure of the morning and day for the ones who had booked for a full day tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, very friendly and helpful and we had a small group of 6. She gave us time to ourselves at each location and at the end she helped to direct me back to my hotel after the tour. A very lovely morning and a good way to be introduced to Istanbul. Thank you

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November 13, 2019

Good guide and very nice to avoid queues

A bit unclear with pickup from hotel with a time span of 1h. Did not get any special time promised

September 22, 2019

Great tour

Very good tour, excellent guide with great knowlege of history and english language!!!!!

May 27, 2019

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TURISTA TRAVEL AGENCY

Product ID: 127424