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Istanbul Classics Half-Day Morning Tour

Product ID: 18116
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: 4 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones

Pickup included

Pickup is available from centrally-located Istanbul hotels within Taksim Square, Şişli, Beşiktaş, Sultanahmet, and Fatih neighborhoods.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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 first 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.
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Hotel pickup
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Caferaga Medrese and Blue Mosque will switch places in the itinerary on Fridays
• Hagia Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays, it will be replaced with Chora Museum
• The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, it will be replaced with Arasta Bazaar
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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The Magic of Istanbul in a few hours

Our tour guide, Abdullah was amazing. Full of knowledge and a wonderful, jovial person to be around. The tour was quite small so we were able to appreciate it all that much more. Istanbul is huge and there's so much to see. The tour was not rushed, but even still, I'd highly recommend you visit some of the sites (especially Topkapi Palace) on your own time as well. The carpet shop stop is a norm on tours in Istanbul. Don't let this deter you, just have the coffee or tea and politely say no. No one is forcing you to buy anything. Do this tour to orientate yourself with the magic of Istanbul! PS - my 2nd tour with the company was cancelled due to reasons beyond their control, so I turned this half day in to a full day tour and highly recommend that too!

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February 9, 2015

Great tour but was disappointed to end up in a carpet store

September 11, 2019

Guide Ozzie was INCREDIBLE! His vast knowledge of art and history made it an unforgettable experience!!

September 2, 2019

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Product ID: 18116