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4-Hour Private Walking Tour To Explore The Landmarks In The Heart Of Istanbul

5.0

(7)

  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Architecture, Culture, History

  • Duration

    4 Hours

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English

Description

Explore Istanbul's rich history and culture with this captivating tour, beginning at the UNESCO-listed Hagia Sophia. Admire the city's landmarks, such as the magnificent Blue Mosque, Süleymaniye Mosque, and the underground wonders of the Roman Cistern. Additionally, experience the hustle and bustle of the local life at the Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest covered markets. 

Highlights
  • Marvel at the impressive architecture and intricate details of the Hagia Sophia
  • Learn about the history of the Blue Mosque and the Süleymaniye Mosque
  • Observe local life and buy souvenirs at the historical Grand Bazaar
  • Explore Istanbul's Highlights expand_more
    • Start your tour by visiting one of the most famous landmarks in Istanbul - Hagia Sophia. Once a church, then a mosque, and now a museum, this beautiful structure has a lot of history and architecture to offer. Spend some time admiring the mosaics, domes, and intricate details of this masterpiece.
    • Go to the Blue Mosque, located just a few steps away. Admire its stunning exterior and take some memorable photos.
    • Next, head over to the ancient Hippodrome, which was once the center of entertainment and sporting events in Constantinople. Today, it is a public square with some fascinating historical monuments, including the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpent Column, and the German Fountain.
    • Take a short walk to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. Here, you can find all sorts of souvenirs, carpets, jewellery, spices, and Turkish delights. Take some time to browse around and haggle with the shopkeepers for the best deals.
    • Make your way further to the Süleymaniye Mosque, one of the most significant Ottoman mosques in Istanbul, designed by the famous architect Sinan. Not only is the mosque itself impressive, but it also offers an incredible panoramic view of the city from its terrace. Take your time to appreciate the stunning scenery and take some photos.
    • Your next stop is the Column of Constantine, a Roman monument located near the Hippodrome. This 35-meter tall column was erected in honour of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great and features intricate carvings depicting his victories.
    • End the tour at the Roman Cistern, also known as the Theodosius Cistern, located underground in Sultanahmet. This impressive structure was built in the 5th century to provide water to the city and has some unique architectural features, including vaulted ceilings and columns.
What's Included
  • English-speaking tour guide
What's Excluded
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Entrance ticket, if any
  • Cost of public transportation
Know before you go
  • All though this is going to be a walking tour but in some cases we can use public transport.
Meeting Point

Hagia Sophia

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • S

    Sofia

    Unforgettable Istanbul Experience

    Thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Explored stunning landmarks, and our guide, Abdullah, was both engaging and knowledgeable.

  • S

    Samuel

    Istanbul's Treasures: A Fascinating Cultural Odyssey

    This tour is the perfect way to explore Istanbul's key highlights. Our day began at the magnificent Hagia Sophia, where we were awestruck by its stunning architecture and rich history. The nearby Blue Mosque proved to be equally captivating, with its impressive exterior and rich cultural significance. We then visited the ancient Hippodrome, full of intriguing monuments, before immersing ourselves in the vibrant atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar. The tour continued to the majestic Süleymaniye Mosque, showcasing exquisite Ottoman architecture and providing breathtaking city views. Our next stop, the Column of Constantine, offered a glimpse into the city's Roman past, while the Roman cistern, with its vaulted ceilings and columns, left us in awe of its engineering marvels. Abdullah made the experience truly unforgettable, providing in-depth historical context and bringing the city's treasures to life.

  • J

    J. Barrie

    My journey through Istanbul began with the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia is a UNESCO-listed wonder that speaks volumes about the city's rich history. Stepping inside, I was immediately struck by the grandeur of its architecture, which seamlessly blends Byzantine and Ottoman influences. The intricate mosaics and towering dome left me breathless, while the echoes of centuries past whispered tales of empires risen and fallen. Exploring Hagia Sophia felt like traversing through time itself, a must-visit for anyone seeking to unravel Istanbul's layers of history.

  • E

    Erin

    Serenity in Splendor, The One and only

    The Blue Mosque stands as a serene sanctuary amidst Istanbul's bustling streets, a testament to Ottoman architectural mastery. As I gazed upon its towering minarets and delicate blue tiles, I was mesmerized by the harmony between structure and spirituality. Stepping inside, the cavernous prayer hall adorned with cascading light left me in awe of its sheer beauty. It's no wonder why the Blue Mosque remains one of Istanbul's most iconic landmarks, a tranquil refuge that beckons travelers to immerse themselves in its timeless elegance

  • T

    Takeshi Yamamoto

    Istanbul's Cultural Extravaganza

    Great tour, covering key attractions. The Grand Bazaar was an immersive shopping experience. Expert guide!

  • C

    Chimaka Okafor

    Istanbul Uncovered

    The perfect introduction to Istanbul's history and culture. Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Mosque were magnificent.

  • A

    Anuerin

    a towering testament to the city's architectural prowess and religious devotion

    Perched atop the city's skyline, its majestic domes and graceful minarets command attention from near and far. As I wandered through its tranquil courtyards and expansive interiors, I couldn't help but marvel at the intricate tile work and serene atmosphere. The Süleymaniye Mosque is not just a place of worship; it's a living symbol of Istanbul's enduring cultural legacy

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