Must - See Istanbul Stops 1+ 2: Full Day Tour


450 to 500 minutes (Approx.)
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 5
Mobile ticket

Overview

*** Special Offer If you buy our ‘Must – See Istanbul 1 +2 Half Day Afternoon Tour’, lunch will be included. We strongly advise you our Turkish Coffee Experiment (Cooking, Tasting) Half Day Tour in order to enrich your Istanbul holiday!

17 million people call Istanbul as their home, so it can be a little overwhelming for a new visitor. This full day private tour will give you the opportunity to see all breathtaking monuments in Istanbul.

-Our first must see stops are the two monuments which are Hagia Sophia Mosque and Blue Mosque.

- Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar will be coming next. Stepping back in time to a world of sultans and harems in Topkapi Palace, and then watch local artists making handicrafts in the Grand Bazaar.

- Hagia Eirene which is the oldest church of Eastern Rome will be visited. It is located in the outer courtyard of Topkapi Palace.

-We end our tour at Sogukcesme Street (Soguk means cold in English and Cesme means Fountain in English)

Inclusions

  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entrance fee of Topkapı Palace and Hagia Irene
  • Entry/Admission - Deraliye
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Irene Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace

What to expect

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Hagia Sophia is the former Greek Orthodox patriarchal cathedral, an imperial mosque during Ottoman Period, a museum since 1935 until 2020, and recently has been turned back into a mosque. Built in 537 AD at the beginning of the Middle Ages, it was famous in particular for its massive dome. It was the world's largest building and an engineering marvel of its time. It is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and is said to have "changed the history of architecture”.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: German Fountain, Hippodrome Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

The gift of Kaiser Wilhelm II to the Sultan. You will listen the stories of this liaison with the orient.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

Hippodrome of Constantinople, the center of Byzantine civic life, from political and theological controversies to chariot races and riots.
The word hippodrome comes from the Greek hippos, horse, and dromos, path or way. For this reason, it is sometimes also called Atmeydanı ("Horse Square") in Turkish.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Blue Mosque is a historical mosque located in historical peninsula of Istanbul. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. The complex contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes. It sits next to the Hagia Sophia, another popular masterpiece of the city.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Deraliye, Alemdar Mahallesi Ticaret Hane Sokak Giriş Kat No 10, Alemdar, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

You will have lunch in Deraliye Ottoman Cuisine Restaurant

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kapali Carsi, Kalpakcilar Cad. Sorguclu Han No: 22, Istanbul 34126 Turkey

As one the world’s largest covered markets, the Grand Bazaar is home to thousands of shops and stalls spread over nearly 60 blocks. Find the best places to shop in this mystical maze as your local guide introduces to you its best traders and helps you to bag a few bargains!


Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hagia Irene Museum, Sultanahmet Meydani Topkapi Sarayi 1. Avlusu Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Hagia Irene located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace is the oldest church of the Eastern Roman Empire.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

The Topkapı Palace or the Seraglio, is a large museum in Istanbul, Turkey. In the 15th century, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans. Construction began in 1459, ordered by Mehmed the Conqueror, six years after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapı was originally called the "New Palace" to distinguish it from the Old Palace in Beyazıt Square. It was given the name Topkapı, meaning Cannon Gate, in the 19th century. The complex was expanded over the centuries, with major renovations after the 1509 earthquake and the 1665 fire. The palace complex consists of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings. Female members of the Sultan's family lived in the harem, and leading state officials, including the Grand vizier, held meetings in the Imperial Council building. After the 17th century, Topkapı gradually lost its importance.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Sogukcesme Sokak, Soguk Cesme Sokak, Istanbul Turkey

The street between Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace, full of historical houses

Duration: 15 minutes

Time of tour

09:00 AM

Meeting point

Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Traveler pickup is offered
Centrally located Istanbul hotels

Please provide your hotel name address and phone details

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Exclusions

  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
J4734PPanthonyp
February 2020

This was an enjoyable trip. Was able to see some very beautiful museums and some of the most well known Mosque's.

LarAntonni_T
February 2020

John (Can) the tour guide made the whole experience worthwhile. He was funny and very knowledgeable about Istanbul's history.

Gopalan_N
January 2020

It was an excellent trip, Guide Mr Littfik was very knowledgeable person, friendly and down to earth person, we all enjoyed the trip, he has taken us local restaurant for lunch it was amazing. we recommend this Istanbul walking tour which covers most of the main attractions.

Gopalan_N
January 2020

It was an excellent tour, guide was super ,very knowledgeable person, we recommend this tour which covers most of the main attractions

Cynthiayencl
October 2019

Great outing with Oguzhan Ceylan (Ozzy) of Istanbul Walks. He was informative and entertaining at the same time. We took our time at each venue and was never rushed. Lunch served at Osmani was delicious - just like home cooked food with many dishes to choose from. We enjoyed the friendly service ...

maria_g
August 2019

The Istanbul Small-Group Walking Tour is an easy way to see the highlights Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. Becareful, the palace is closed on Tuesday and when I found out, they changed the tour date for me. We stayed at the palace after the tour so we could see the h...

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