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  1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Istanbul Old City Full-Day Guided Walking Tour

Product ID: 58717
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See the Ottoman and Byzantine sights of the only city in the world on 2 continents on an 8-hour walking tour of Istanbul. Marvel at icons such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more.
About this activity
Duration 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation

Pickup included

Pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul (only available for hotels in Sultanahmet and Taksim)
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the Ottoman and Byzantine highlights of Istanbul
  • Go to the former residence of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace
  • Admire the Byzantine Hippodrome and the Column of Constantinople
  • Marvel at the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque
  • Learn the history of the Hagia Sophia
  • Bargain for souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest markets
Full description
The tour starts when you are picked up from your hotel (Old City and Taksim areas provided with complimentary pickup service) at around 8:30 AM. You will first visit Roman Hippodrome, the site of ancient races, games and riots. It was also used for similar purposes during the Ottoman Era. Today, you can observe some of the historic monuments at the site including Serpentine Column, Egyptian Obelisk and German Fountain.

After that, the tour will continue with Blue Mosque. Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque) is a unique example of Ottoman architecture. The inside walls of the Mosque are decorated with beautiful Turkish Tiles. You will also see Million Stone, an ancient monument that remains partially preserved today. It is situated right at the center of the city to show the directions to East and West.

You then continue to St. Sophia Museum (Holy Wisdom Church built in 537 as the Cathedral of East Roman Empire). Today, it is a museum where the remains belonging to Christianity and Islam are visible together. It is currently listed on World Heritage Sites List. The final visit in the morning is to Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. You will have the set menu lunch including local food which is included in the tour price (drinks are at an additional cost). In the afternoon, you will visit Topkapi Palace. This was the former residence of Ottoman Sultans and today is a museum which includes the sections of Treasury, Sacred Relics, Sultan Pavilions and Harem. Later, you will also visit Sultan Tombs of 17th and 18th centuries.

The tour finishes at around 5:00 PM with a drop-off to your hotel.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up (from hotels in Sultanahmet and Taksim only)
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • English-speaking guide
  • ª Lunch (excluding drinks)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop off
  • Tips (optional) and personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that the complimentary pick-up service is only available for hotels in Sultanahmet and Taksim. If you are staying in a different part of the city, extra charges may apply for the pick-up service
• Please provide when booking the surname, birthday, gender, passport number and nationality for each participant as required by the Turkish government
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Efendi Travel

Product ID: 58717