Istanbul Classics - Old City Tour

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Istanbul Classics - Old City Tour

Weave between sights in Istanbul's oldest district as you scope out landmarks around Sultanahmet. Admire the grand dome and stunning mosaics of the Hagia Sophia, examine the ornate tile work inside the Blue Mosque, imagine chariot races in the Hippodrome, and wander through the Grand Bazaar.

Duration: 3 Hours
Skip The Line:
Live Guide: English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic
Pick-up Services: Pick up is available from centrally located hotels

Highlights

  • Iconic landmarks scattered throughout Istanbul's old city
  • Byzantine architecture & grand domes of the Hagia Sophia
  • Handmade Iznik ceramic tiles lining interior of Blue Mosque
  • Lessons about circus & sporting past at the Hippodrome
  • Engaging commentary & chance to visit the Grand Bazaar

Full Description

Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request)

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Includes

  • Pick up from city center hotels
  • Entrance fees
  • Guiding services
  • A/C transportation
  • Drop off

Meeting point

Pick up is available from centrally located hotels

Location

Know Before You Go

  • Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays and replaced with authentic shops around Grand Bazaar

About your Host

Plan Tours

Plan Tours, licenced “A Group” by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, is a major tour operator in Türkiye, based in İstanbul since 1984. (licensee for City Sightseeing Worldwide and Gray Line Worldwide, official travel agency of Turkish Airlines, member of TÜRSAB – Association of Turkish Travel Agencies and ICVB – İstanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau)...
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Brecken - January 23, 2019

Excellent tour with a very interesting and informative guide.

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Ruben - January 24, 2019

The tour was very good and our guide excellent and knowledgeable.

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