"Hagia Sophia Museum, Byzantine Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Cable Car & Pierre Lotti Hill, Boat Trip on The Bosphorus"
Our driver will meet you at your hotel and drive you to the tour’s starting point between 07:00 - 08:00 according to your hotel’s location. You will be informed for exact time at the time of confirmation.
You will visit the following sights with an experienced and licensed professional tour guide with this tour.
The idea for the hippodrome originally came from Emperor Septimius Severus in 203. He came to Byzantium to beat down a rebellion in a Roman civil war, after which he raised the city walls, slaughtered most of the inhabitants, and introduced an arena for chariot races and other entertainment. You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II.
The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design.Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. Also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarest.
The Hagia Sophia, the biggest church constructed by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul, has been constructed three times in the same location. The Church of Holy Wisdom, undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the World used as a mosque during Ottomans and serving as a museum today.
The oldest and the largest covered market place in the World with nearly 4.000 shops fuul of rich collections of carpets, jewellery, leather, and souvenirs.
Pierre Loti as named after the famous French writer, you will enjoy magnificent scenery of Golden Horn and the city.
A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
FROM THE SEA, NO INTERIOR VISIT) Istanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453, but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls.
(FROM THE SEA, NO INTERIOR VISIT) This is a small and attractive tower built on an islet at the entrance to the Bosphorus. It is one of the symbols of Istanbul. Used in the past as a watchtower and a lighthouse, it has been preserved in its 19th Century appearance.
You will be transfered back to hotel at the end of tour.
* Hagia Sophia is closed on MONDAY, will be replaced by Underground Cistern
** Grand Bazaar is closed on SUNDAYS, and will be able to visit other shopping places around.
Hotel Pick-up & drop-off by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coaches
Entrance Fees mentioned by the itineraries.
Professional Licenced Tour Guide.
Services Charges & Local Taxes.
Drinks at lunch
Tips and gratuities
Thank you very much for the attention and for the tour, it was unforgettable!
Our guide did a great job explaining the rich history of Istanbul. Suggested to anyone visiting this amazing city.
FREE Pick-up & Drop-off service available only from hotels in city center.
FREE Pick-up & Drop-off available from these locations; Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Laleli, Taksim, Beyoglu, Sisli, Fatih, Aksaray, Beyazit, Eminonu, Karakoy, Besiktas... or nearby..
Extra Pick up Drop off charge 40 Eur (two ways) from these locations; Ataturk Airport, Bakirkoy, Atakoy, Yesilkoy, Gunesli, Merter, Yenibosna, Levent, Maslak... or nearby..
Extra Pick up Drop off charge 70 Eur (two ways) from hotels in Asian Side; Uskudar, Kadikoy, Atasehir, Bostanci, Maltepe. or nearby..
Please Contact Us for pick up possibility and prices from the other locations.
Owing to traffic difficulties, pickups may delay beyond our control.