Istanbul Classics - Old City Tour

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Istanbul Classics - Old City Tour

A small story of the long history of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The way of how to explore their local lifestyle in the past. To admire the craft on tiles.

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.


  • 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

We begin our tour on "Sultan Ahmet Square" as alive as the heart of the "Old City" where the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires were ruled and commanded.

St. Sophia, the church of the secret wisdom and miracles where has been designed with the greatest marvels was constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Justinian the Emperor. Blue Mosque where has been designed and built by Sedefkar Mehmed Agha is located opposite St. Sophia. Due to the famous Blue Iznik tiles have been used in its design, it has been called "Blue Mosque".

Hippodrome, even if on the present day we can see just a small piece of it, on the Byzantine period it has been used as a kind of arena for sports events and political activities.
We also see some monuments from the Byzantine period as Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Just in a few minutes walking distances to Sultan Ahmet Square we also visit Grand Covered Bazaar where is the most attractive shopping center in the world with nearly 3600 shops selling leather, antiques, jewelry, carpets, and souvenirs. As an option upon request, there is Art demonstration of hand made Turkish carpets.



  • 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.


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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Customer Reviews

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Brecken - January 23, 2019

Excellent tour with a very interesting and informative guide.

Ruben - January 24, 2019

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

Susie - June 26, 2019

We are picked up on time from our hotel. We spent 3 hours in a blink. Recommended!

David - June 06, 2019

Me and my fiance were staying on Taksim area. We went on our own to meeting point. Guide had very much knowledge according to his age. A young guide explained all the area as a lecturer.

Wilbur - August 31, 2019

As a ceramic lover i loved the desig of Sultanahmet Mosque. On entrance i needed to cover my had. On the way guide also informed us about this situation. Before i joined this tour i read some about the places. I can say reading is nothing without seeing. Come to Istanbul find our guide and visit Sultanahmet.

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