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  2. Istanbul
  3. Hagia Sophia

Historic Istanbul Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Product ID: 10821
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Discover the must-see sights of Istanbul on a 4-hour tour of its historic landmarks. Go to the Haghia Sophia and iconic Blue Mosque, marvel at the Hippodrome and experience the bustle of the Grand Bazaar, all with full explanations from a local guide.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pick-up service

Your hotel/accommodation in the Sultanahmet and Taksim areas of Istanbul.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the landmark sights of central Istanbul
  • Visit the Haghia Sophia, one of the world's architectural masterpieces
  • Marvel at the vibrant blue of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque
  • Go to the former Hippodrome of Byzantine chariot races
  • Lose yourself among the spice and jewelry stalls of the Grand Bazaar
Full description
Discover the historic sites of Istanbul on a half-day sightseeing tour with round-trip transfers from centrally located hotels. A local guide will accompany you all the way, starting at the Hagia Sophia.

Learn about the ancient Basilica that was started by Constantine the Great in the 4th century, and completed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. For 1,000 years it was the world’s largest cathedral. Today, it has been converted to a museum. Admire the impressive dome and minarets, as well as the beautiful mosaics, sculptures and columns inside.

Your next stop will be the legendary Sultan Ahmed Mosque, better known around the world as the Blue Mosque. Get up close to this symbol of Istanbul and see the vibrant blue tiles that adorn its interior walls. Stroll around its beautiful courtyard, and see the 6 graceful minarets.

Continue to the Hippodrome, site of chariot races during the Byzantine Empire. Admire the 3 remaining monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. End with a walk around the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar to haggle for bargains among some 4,000 jewelry, pottery, spices, carpet, and leather stores.
Includes
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel (in the Sultanahmet and Taksim areas of Istanbul only)
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.1 / 5
based on 18 reviews
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4.4/5
Organization
4.5/5
Value for money
4.1/5
Safety
4.6/5

Organized by

Aussie Tours Travel Agency

Product ID: 10821