Guided tour

Historic Istanbul Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Guided tour

Historic Istanbul Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Activity provider: Aussie Tours Travel Agency

From US$ 48.51 per person

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.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your hotel/accommodation in the Sultanahmet and Taksim areas of Istanbul.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • 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.
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Pick up at your hotel (in the Sultanahmet and Taksim areas of Istanbul only)
  • Drop back to hotel is not included!
  • Lunch is not included!
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  •  The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 47 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Service
  • Organization

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Grand Bazaar was not open but Mev made her best efforts to take is to a genuine carpet store for a talk about how carpets are made. Blue mosque was also not avaialble and the tour should be changed to exclude the blue mosque to manage the expectancy of seeing it

March 27, 2023

It was fun and exciting. Very interesting energy in the sites. Will totally recommend for those who have a short stay in Istanbul like myself. My tour guide Mev made it even more fun with her very in-depth explanations and willingness to answer every question.

March 27, 2023

Our guide collected us from our hotel as planned and we walked the short distance to Sultanahmet square. Our tour included the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome plus the underground Cisterns at our request. Martin (our guide) was knowledgeable and kept our interest throughout. I recommend this tour if you are interested in history as we definitely learned a lot! Well deserving of 5 stars.

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March 27, 2023

Product ID: 10821