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Istanbul: Half-Day Imperial Morning Tour

Product ID: 97941
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See the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar with an official guide including entrance fees as per itinerary and transportation on this historical half-day small group morning tour.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

City center hotels.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See Hagia (Saint) Sophia, the Sultanahmet Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and German Fountain
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar with its labyrinth of streets and passages of more than 4000 shops
  • Transfer to your hotel after the tour
Full description
Begin your tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century A.D. and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child.

Next, you will visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from exquisite blue Iznik tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive.

Finally, the Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Guide and air-conditioned vehicle
  • VAT
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities/ tips (optional)
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Children under 18-years-old and under must be accompanied by an adult
• During religious holidays, the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar will be closed
• Cover ups and head scarves will be provided at the Blue Mosque
• On Sundays, when the Grand Bazaar is closed, you will visit Nuruosmaniye around the Grand Bazaar
• On Mondays, when Saint Sophia is closed, you will visit the Chora Church, famed for its mosaics
• On Friday morning, the Blue Mosque is closed
• Daily morning regular group tour
• 20 to 25 persons for each group
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Adore Tourism Istanbul

Product ID: 97941