Explore the historical sites of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s Old City area. Visit Hagia Sophia, one of the 7 Wonders of the Medieval World, Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman sultans, the stunning Blue Mosque, and more on this guided walking tour.
What to Expect
Your guide will greet you at your hotel at 09:00 to begin your 8-hour walking tour in the capital of 3 great empires.
Your tour begins at Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled for nearly 400 years. Today a spectacular museum, it is well known for its collection of royal treasures. Your guide will tell you about 4 centuries of glorious victories as well as tragic times.
From Topkapi Palace you’ll walk to Hagia Sophia along a cobblestone road lined with old Ottoman-era houses. This 6th century church, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, features stunning mosaics. You’ll learn about the history of the structure, a main attraction of Istanbul since its construction.
After a stop to enjoy lunch you’ll continue by foot to the site of the Hippodrome, the center of sportive and political activities in ancient Constantinople. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the Fountain of Willhelm II.
The Blue Mosque, built in the 17th century, and also known as the Sultanahment Mosque, is one of the principal adornments of the Istanbul skyline. Admire the interior covered with blue Iznik tiles.
Your final stop will be at the Grand Bazaar. Your guide will tell you about history of the Bazaar and provide some helpful tips on navigating its more than 4,000 shops.
The tour ends between 16:00 and 17:00.
- Pick-up and drop off at city center hotels
- Entrance fees
- Private guide
Know Before You Go
• Be sure to provide your hotel details and contact details
• The Harem at Topkapi Palace is not included in the itinerary
• Note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday