Day trip

Istanbul: Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour with Local Guide

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Activity provider: TURISTA TRAVEL AGENCY
Day trip

Istanbul: Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour with Local Guide

Activity provider: TURISTA TRAVEL AGENCY

From US$ 92.31 per person

Visit the top historical attractions of Istanbul with our one-day walking tour. Explore UNESCO-listed Hagia Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar.

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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the line through express security check
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from all hotels in the Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Beyazıt, Aksaray, and Taksim areas.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Immerse in Istanbul's rich heritage with this 8.5-hour walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old City
  • Discover the Hagia Sophia cathedral-mosque, the vast Blue Mosque and the Roman-era Hippodrome
  • Wander the grounds, courtyards and chambers of Topkapi Palace
  • Visit the famous Grand Bazaar
  • Enjoy a lunch served in a local restaurant
Full description
In the heart of the “Old City” you will stumble upon: Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) is a UNESCO-listed museum that contains Ottoman and Byzantine works. From the Golden Age of Byzantine Empire, this once a Christian church is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture. Listen to its history and examine the architecture together with a professional guide. Next stop is Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world to survive to our day and also was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years. Then, make a visit to the Blue Mosque with six minarets, which was built at the bequest of Sultan Ahmet I, and is one of the best preserved and most significant examples of Ottoman architecture. Continue to Istanbul Hippodrome where chariot races were held. It was the center of Byzantium’s life for 1000 years and of Ottoman life for another 400 years and has been the scene of countless political dramas. Stop by Caferaga Medresesi, a cultural organization that teaches and promotes traditional Turkish handicrafts. The courtyard is home to the pleasant Caferağa Medresesi Çay Bahçesi tea garden. A small break for lunch in a local restaurant serving typical Turkish dishes will be served. The last stop of your journey is the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. Its numerous shops are bursting with everything you can imagine, from jewelry to silk clothing, and traditional copperware to exotic, Oriental imports and many more hidden gems.
  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays; should you travel on this day, you will visit the Basilica Cistern instead
  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays; should you travel on this day, you will visit the Basilica Cistern instead
  • The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays; should you travel on this day, you will spend additional time at Arasta Bazaar
  • Hagia Sophia is open on everyday.
  • Gratuities for your guide have not been included in the cost of this tour
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excelente manera de conocer los principales lugares de interés en Estambul. la guía inmejorable, super amable y con un acento impecable. volvería tomarlo sin duda

October 14, 2019


Stipt op tijd, veel informatie vd gids gekregen

March 9, 2019

Good overview of Ottoman history and local customs

February 22, 2019

Product ID: 105248