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Istanbul Old City Full-Day Tour

4.2 / 5

13 reviews

Activity provider: All Tours Istanbul

Istanbul Old City Full-Day Tour

Activity provider: All Tours Istanbul

From US$ 79.14 per person

See the sights of Istanbul on an 8-hour tour with inclusive lunch. Admire the former church and mosque of the Hagia Sophia, see the site of Bzyantine sports at the Roman Hippodrome, explore the alleys of the Grand Bazzar, and much more.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Hotel pickup is available from city center hotels on the European side of the city. Please check your e-mail after completing your reservation for the confirmation of your pickup time.


  • See one of the world's great architectural masterpieces at the Hagia Sophia
  • Wander the stores of the Grand Bazaar
  • Admire the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque
  • Discover the 5 tombs of the Ottoman Sultans: Sultans Tombs
  • Go to the imperial residence of the former sultans
  • Visit the site of ancient chariot races at the Roman Hippodrome
Full description
Travel through time on a full-day tour of Istanbul, and see the main monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the Hippodrome, site of major political life and sports activities during the Roman and Bzyantine Empires. Marvel at the last remaining monuments at the complex, including the Obelisk from Egypt and the Serpentine Column from Delphi. Next, go to the Church of St. Sophia, also known as the “Church of Holy Wisdom,” and “Hagia Sophia.” One of the world's architectural masterpieces, the former church and mosque is now a museum of artifacts from Byzantium. Continue to the Blue Mosque to see the city’s icon up close. Famed for its stunning Iznik tiles, the building’s graceful minarets can be seen from many points in the city. Next, explore the narrow lanes of the Grand Bazaar, the oldest and largest covered market in the world. Discover decorative jewelry, leather work, souvenirs and carpets in more than 4.000 shops. Your next stop will be Topkapi Palace, former residence of the Ottoman sultans, now home to an exquisite collection of crystal, silverware, and Chinese porcelain, as well as robes worn by the sultans, and the jewels of the Imperial Treasury. Then, head to Sultans Tombs. Made up of 5 tombs of the Ottoman Sultans, within the graveyard at St. Sophia, these ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, green, blue and red flower motives. The prince's robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. Please note, Sultans Tombs are closed on Monday and will be replaced with a visit to the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (from European side or city center)
  • Transfers by non smoking air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Licensed guide
  • Lunch
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Drinks at lunch
  • Tips and personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Please note that the Treasury and Harem at Topkapi Palace are not included in the program due to extra entrance fees
  • This Activity have Shopping Visit on the tour.
  • Transfer service is offered to the Europen Side below Area; Taksim-Şişli-S.Ahmet-Aksaray-Beyazıt- Sirkeci-Beyoğlu.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 13 reviews

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Initially, be patient. The pickup from the hotel was unqualified, unfortunately, then the relocation to the appropriate buses was a chaos controlled because the sum total of everything was successful. After that, everything went smoothly. The tour guide was very knowledgeable but just as go-getter and fun. Very interesting. I recommend

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June 23, 2019

Excellent tour! I would recommend it mainly because you get to know a lot about the places you visit. Tickets are already arranged and you don’t have to wait in the queues. There is sufficient time for free roaming and photography. This tour would give you good insight about which places you want to visit again if you have free time! Our guide was good too!

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November 7, 2018

Excellent experience, very good guide

Very entertaining tour, you know the most important monuments of the historical center of Istanbul and ends with a delicious lunch. Our guide, Jack, was very entertaining and managed to explain clearly what Istanbul has meant in history. We were lucky that the tour was only for the 6 of us, which allowed us to make the most of it Excellent value for money

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August 1, 2018

Product ID: 44567