Istanbul City Tour

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9 hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

Arabic, English, Espanol, Francais, Russian, Turkish

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Istanbul City Tour

Istanbul City Tour allows you to Experience the essence of Istanbul’s rich history and immerse yourself in the captivating allure of Constantinople. Contrary to any doubts, our claim holds. Within just 24 hours, you can explore the most remarkable landmarks that trace back to the historical epochs when Istanbul was hailed as Constantinople.

Prepare to embrace the ancient vibes that resonate through the spirits of Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans, as we highly recommend you engage both your soul and mind. Fear not, for these spirits reside within the remains of this magnificent city, eagerly awaiting to enchant you. By visiting, observing, and marveling at these architectural wonders and more, you will fulfill their desires – to captivate and enthrall.

Our meticulously crafted Istanbul tour offers an exceptional opportunity to enhance your Turkish vacation.

 

Places to Visit During Istanbul City Tour

You can visit the most popular tourist attractions during the Istanbul City Tour. We have made all the necessary arrangements so that you won’t have to wait in long ticket lines at any of these places.

 

The Itinerary of the Istanbul City Tour 

  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Hippodrome
  • Obelisk
  • Lunch Break
  • Topkapı Palace
  • Hagia Irene

 

Hagia Sophia Mosque

Hagia Sophia Mosque, also known as Ayasofya Mosque, is an iconic architectural masterpiece in Istanbul, Turkey. Originally a Christian cathedral in the Byzantine Empire, it became a mosque 1453 under the Ottoman Empire. Today, it symbolizes Istanbul’s rich history, blending Byzantine and Ottoman styles. With its grand dome, intricate mosaics, and towering minarets, it continues attracting visitors worldwide.

Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is a renowned architectural gem in Istanbul, Turkey. It stands as a symbol of Ottoman architecture, commissioned by Sultan Ahmed I in the early 17th century and designed by architect Sedefkâr Mehmed Ağa. The mosque’s interior is adorned with mesmerizing blue Iznik tiles and intricate calligraphy, creating a captivating visual experience. With its grand dome, six minarets, and spacious courtyard, the Blue Mosque accommodates worshipers. It attracts numerous visitors, showcasing Istanbul’s majestic beauty and cultural heritage.

Hippodrome

The Hippodrome of Constantinople, in Istanbul, Turkey, was an ancient chariot racing track and social center during the Byzantine Empire. Built-in the 3rd century AD, it hosted thrilling chariot races, athletic competitions, and various public gatherings. The Hippodrome’s notable features included the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpent Column, and the Walled Obelisk. Today, visitors can explore the site, admire the remaining monuments, and appreciate this ancient sporting arena’s historical and architectural significance.

Obelisk of Theodosius

The Obelisk of Theodosius is an ancient Egyptian obelisk in Istanbul, Turkey. It is approximately 20 meters tall and features intricate hieroglyphic carvings and Egyptian symbols. 

It was later gifted to Emperor Theodosius I from Heliopolis, Egypt. It now stands as a significant historical monument in Sultanahmet Square. 

The obelisk represents the cultural exchange and historical connections between Egypt and Byzantium, captivating visitors with its ancient craftsmanship and preservation of past civilizations.

Grand Bazaar

The Istanbul Grand Bazaar, located in Istanbul, Turkey, is one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets. With a history dating back to the 15th century, it has been a vibrant center of commerce and cultural exchange. The bazaar boasts over 4,000 shops, offering various goods from jewelry and textiles to spices and ceramics. Its bustling atmosphere, vibrant colors, and unique architecture create an immersive experience. Visitors can explore the maze-like alleys, engage with friendly shopkeepers, and discover treasures that reflect Istanbul’s rich heritage. The Grand Bazaar is a must-visit destination that showcases the city’s history, culture, and vibrant market scene.

Lunch  

Embark on a culinary journey through Turkish cuisine, a remarkable gem in the culinary world. Delight in an authentic and satisfying Turkish meal during lunchtime.

Indulge in the flavors of Turkey, rejuvenating your body and satisfying your appetite. The options are endless, with a wide selection of vegetable dishes, succulent meats, savory pastries, delectable desserts, and refreshing beverages.

Spoil yourself with the finest Turkish cuisine, a feast for the senses that will leave a lasting impression. Experience the exquisite flavors and aromas, confident that Turkish cuisine will surpass your expectations.

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, was the primary residence of Ottoman sultans for over four centuries. It was built in the 15th century, showcasing the empire’s grandeur.

The palace, Situated on a hill, offers stunning views and features courtyards, gardens, and ornate chambers. It includes prominent structures such as the Harem, Imperial Treasury, and Council Chambers.

Visitors can explore lavishly decorated halls with intricate details inside. The Imperial Treasury houses an impressive collection.

The Harem provides a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of Ottoman rulers, with its luxurious rooms offering insight into their private world.

Today, Topkapi Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and museum, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and those who appreciate beauty.

Hagia Irene

Hagia Irene in Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace is a remarkable historical gem. Built-in the 6th century, it shares architectural similarities with Hagia Sophia.

Originally a Christian church, Hagia Irene later served as an arsenal. Despite surviving the Ottoman conquest, it remains intact.

Now a museum and event venue, Hagia Irene showcases its historic halls and architectural details.

Hagia Irene symbolizes Istanbul’s diverse history connecting the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

 

Conclusion

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Istanbul’s rich history with our Istanbul City Tour. In just 24 hours, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the remarkable landmarks that trace back to the city’s glorious past as Constantinople. From the iconic Hagia Sophia Mosque and the mesmerizing Blue Mosque to the historic Hippodrome and the ancient Obelisk of Theodosius, each site showcases Istanbul‘s architectural brilliance and cultural heritage. Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irene offer a glimpse into the opulent lifestyles of the Ottoman rulers and the diverse history connecting the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Conclude your tour with a visit to the vibrant Grand Bazaar, immersing yourself in the bustling market scene and discovering treasures that reflect Istanbul’s rich heritage. With our carefully crafted itinerary and seamless arrangements, you can make the most of your Turkish vacation and create lasting memories.

Highlights

  • Tick off Istanbul's most popular hotspots
  • Learn from your professional guide
  • Explore Istanbul's culture, history, and top landmarks
  • Taste local delicacies

Included/Excluded

  • Hotel Pick-up and drop-off by air-conditioned non-smoking tour coach.
  • Professional English-speaking guide assistance.
  • Museum tickets and entrance fees where necessary.
  • Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Services charges and local taxes.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Admission to Treasury and Harem sections in Topkapi Palace.
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver.
  • All kinds of beverages.

Durations

9 Hours

Languages

Arabic
English
Espanol
Francais
Russian
Turkish

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