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History Guided Tour

Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and Sultanahmet Old City Highlights Guided Tour

Explore Istanbul's iconic landmarks! This 180-minute inclusive walking tour unveils the German Fountain, Byzantine Obelisks, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque courtyard, and Hagia Sophia in one unforgettable journey. At the end of the day, a tea tasting complete the joy of this amazing tour. Book your place now!

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Embark on a captivating journey through time with this inclusive Sultanahmet & Byzantine Highlights Tour! This immersive 3-hour experience delves into the heart of Istanbul, where history comes alive at iconic landmarks. Explore the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, marvel at the dazzling Blue Mosque, admire the beauty of glorious Topkapi Palace, fall in local with the one-of-a-kind mysterious Basilica Cistern, and step back in time at the historic Hippodrome.

Your expert English-speaking local guide will unlock the fascinating stories behind these architectural wonders, revealing how Ottoman, Byzantine, and Roman influences have shaped the city's vibrant tapestry. As your tour concludes, indulge in a delightful tea tasting, a perfect opportunity to savor authentic flavors and soak in the local culture. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour is a must for anyone who wants to capture the true essence of Istanbul.

Sultanahmet Highlights on the Path of Byzantine

With Istanbul.com embark on an exclusive 180-minute walking tour through the heart of Sultanahmet, exploring the highlights of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. Here is the step-by-step itinerary of this amazing tour:

Starting Point: Topkapı Cafe

Meet your expert guide at the Topkapı Cafe, conveniently located next to the entrance of the Topkapi Palace.

Topkapi Palace (via the First Garden)

Begin your tour with a stroll through the serene First Garden of Topkapi Palace, learning about its historical significance and the opulent lives of the Ottoman sultans.

Hagia Sophia Mosque Museum (all around from outside)

Explore the exterior of the magnificent Hagia Sophia, with your guide sharing insights into its architectural grandeur and storied past as a basilica, mosque, and museum.

Basilica Cistern (from the surface and outside)

View the Basilica Cistern from above ground, discovering its fascinating role in Istanbul's ancient water supply system.

Sultanahmet Square

Continue to Sultanahmet Square for a guided tour of the Ancient Roman Hippodrome, where you'll learn about its historical importance as a social and sporting center of Byzantine Constantinople.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)

Conclude your tour with a visit to the stunning Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), where your guide will reveal the intricacies of its design and its place in Istanbul's cultural and religious life.

To cap off your experience, enjoy a complimentary tasting of herbal tea, Turkish delights, and spices, immersing yourself in the flavors of local culture. This tour is an ideal introduction to Istanbul, offering deep insights and unforgettable views of its most iconic landmarks.

Important Info: 

Since the tour covers the landmarks from the outside, the entrance tickets are not included. After the guided tour you can visit and enter the landmarks by purchasing the entrance tickets. Buy your tickets now. 

 

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Highlights
  • Enjoy an inclusive 180-minute walking tour through the historic Sultanahmet district, immersing yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Istanbul.
  • Discover the First Garden of Topkapi Palace, where you'll learn about the opulent lives of the Ottoman sultans amidst lush greenery.
  • Explore the magnificent exterior of Hagia Sophia, marveling at its architectural grandeur and centuries-old history.
  • View the ancient Basilica Cistern from above ground, and uncover the fascinating role it played in Istanbul's ancient water supply system.
  • Experience the historical significance of Sultanahmet Square, with a guided tour of the Ancient Roman Hippodrome, once the social and sporting center of Byzantine Constantinople.
  • Visit the stunning Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), and admire the intricate design and spiritual significance of this iconic landmark.
  • Savor a complimentary tasting of herbal tea, Turkish delights, and spices, adding a flavorful end to your immersive cultural experience.
  • Perfect for first-time visitors to Istanbul, this tour provides an ideal introduction to the city's rich history and vibrant culture.

Included
  • Guided Walking Tour with a Local Expert Guide

  • Complimentary tasting of herbal tea, Turkish delights, and spices

Not Included
  • Entrance tickets to the landmarks 
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Experience the magic of Istanbul's rich heritage with the "Sultanahmet & Byzantine Highlights Tour." This exclusive 3-hour walking tour is designed to immerse you in the architectural and historical wonders of the city.

Expertly Guided Exploration

Meet your knowledgeable local guide at the Topkapi Cafe, conveniently located next to the entrance of the Topkapi Palace. Embark on a journey through time, exploring the serene First Garden of the palace and learning about the opulent lives of the Ottoman sultans.  

Iconic Landmarks and Captivating History

Admire the breathtaking Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. Your guide will share fascinating stories about its transformation from a basilica to a mosque and now a museum. 

Discover the secrets of the Basilica Cistern, an underground marvel that once provided water to the city. 

Step into Sultanahmet Square, the heart of ancient Constantinople, and explore the remains of the Hippodrome, where chariot races and political events once unfolded. 

Your journey culminates at the magnificent Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque), a symbol of Ottoman grandeur, renowned for its exquisite blue tiles and soaring domes.

A Taste of Turkish Culture

As your tour concludes, indulge in a delightful tea tasting, where you can savor traditional Turkish flavors and reflect on the wonders you've encountered.

Perfect for First-Time Visitors

This tour is an ideal introduction to Istanbul, offering a comprehensive overview of its most iconic landmarks and a glimpse into its rich history and culture. Book your tour now on istanbul.com and create unforgettable memories in this captivating city. 
 


Frequently Asked Question

Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts at the Topkapi Cafe, located next to the Topkapi Palace entrance, and ends at the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque).
How long does the tour last?
The tour is approximately 3 hours long.
What languages are the tours offered in?
This tour is offered in English.
Are entrance fees to the attractions included in the tour price?
No, entrance fees are not included. You can purchase tickets easily in istanbul.com
Is this tour suitable for children?
Yes, the tour is suitable for all ages. However, please note that it involves walking for approximately 3 hours. pen_spark
Is the tour wheelchair accessible?
Due to the historic nature of the sites and uneven surfaces, the tour may not be fully wheelchair accessible. Please contact us for further assistance.
Can I take photographs during the tour?
es, you are welcome to take photographs during the tour.
What should I wear for the tour?
We recommend comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for walking. Please note that shoulders and knees should be covered when entering the Blue Mosque.

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