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Highlights of Istanbul (Full Day)

Highlights
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This 7-hour tour takes you on a journey through Istanbul's iconic landmarks. See the largest courtyard of the Topkapi Palace where Hagia Eirene is, explore the majestic Hagia Sophia and its stunning dome, marvel at the elegant Blue Mosque, and discover the ancient Basilica Cistern with its impressive columns. Visit the historic Hippodrome, adorned with ancient monuments, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar, where diverse goods and rich cultural experiences await.

09:00 AM

Meeting Point

At the agreed location (e.g. cruise ship port, hotel).

- Upon your request, the meeting time can be adjusted.

09:20 AM

Topkapi Palace Museum * (the First Courtyard only)

- Hagia Eirene (from outside)


The first courtyard of the Topkapi Palace Museum serves as the largest area of the palace complex. This expansive space was historically used for administrative and ceremonial purposes within the Ottoman court. One prominent feature of the courtyard is Hagia Eirene, an ancient Roman church dating back to the 4th century. Hagia Eirene is one of Istanbul's oldest surviving churches attracting visitors with its Roman architecture and holds cultural and historical significance as a precursor to the Hagia Sophia.


* In Topkapi Palace Museum, we visit only the first courtyard which is free of charge. On Tuesdays, Topkapi Palace Museum is closed and Spice Market is visited.

11:00 AM

Hagia Sophia (with the Upper Gallery)

Hagia Sophia, originally built as a cathedral in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul) in the 6th century, is a marvel of Roman architecture and an iconic symbol of the city. Converted into a mosque during the Ottoman era and later transformed into a museum, it features a stunning dome and intricate mosaics that reflect its rich history. The Upper Gallery of Hagia Sophia offers visitors a unique perspective, providing views of the main nave and dome from a higher vantage point. Accessible via ramps, the Upper Gallery allows visitors to admire the grandeur of the structure and appreciate its architectural details up close. Today, Hagia Sophia continues to be a significant cultural and historical landmark, attracting millions of visitors from around the world.

12:00 PM

Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern is an ancient underground water reservoir dating back to the Roman era. Built in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinian I, it served as a vital water supply for the city for centuries. The cistern covers an area of approximately 9,800 square meters and is supported by hundreds of columns, creating a mesmerizing atmosphere for visitors. One of its most notable features is the Medusa heads, two ancient sculptures located at the base of two columns, adding to its mystique. Today, the Basilica Cistern stands as a remarkable historical site and a popular tourist attraction, offering visitors a unique glimpse into Istanbul's ancient past and architectural ingenuity.

12:30 PM

Lunch

There will be a lunch break in a local restaurant.

01:20 PM

Hippodrome

The Hippodrome of Constantinople was an ancient chariot racing track and the center of social and political life in the Roman Empire. Built by Emperor Septimius Severus in the 3rd century AD, it hosted various events and ceremonies for over a millennium. Today, remnants of the Hippodrome, such as the Egyptian Obelisk and the Serpent Column serve as historic landmarks, offering glimpses into the city's rich past. The Hippodrome remains a significant cultural and historical site, attracting visitors with its ancient monuments and intriguing history.

01:40 PM

Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque, officially known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is a magnificent architectural marvel located in Istanbul. Built in the early 17th century during the reign of Sultan Ahmed I, it is renowned for its stunning blue tiles adorning its interior walls, which give it its popular name. The mosque features a grand courtyard, towering minarets, and a striking dome, creating an iconic silhouette on Istanbul's skyline. With its intricate tilework, delicate calligraphy, and impressive domes, the Blue Mosque is not only a place of worship but also a symbol of Ottoman architectural splendor. It remains an essential landmark in Istanbul and a must-visit destination for tourists seeking to experience the city's rich history and cultural heritage.

02:00 PM

Grand Bazaar **

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets, boasting a history that dates back to the 15th century. With over 60 streets and more than 4,000 shops, it stands as a vibrant symbol of Istanbul's commercial and cultural heritage. Visitors can explore a diverse array of goods, including textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and more, while soaking in the bustling atmosphere of this iconic marketplace. With its intricate architecture, labyrinthine alleys, and centuries-old charm, the Grand Bazaar offers a captivating glimpse into Istanbul's rich history, a unique and unforgettable shopping experience, and serves as a must-visit destination for tourists and locals alike.


** On Sundays, Grand Bazaar is closed and Spice Bazaar is visited.

04:00 PM

End of the Tour

Ending Point

At the agreed location (I will return you safely to the location).

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Inclusions & Exclusions

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What‘s included

Private Guiding Service by a Licensed Local Guide

Priority Access (Skip-the-line) for Admission Tickets

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What‘s not included

Personal Expenses

Souvenirs

Public Transportation Tickets

Food, Drinks, Snacks


Admission Ticket Fees (per person in your group):

- Hagia Sophia * (25 Euro)

- Basilica Cistern ** (600 Turkish Liras)


* Important Notice: Please, have enough cash on you for admission tickets of Hagia Sophia in order to skip the long ticket line.

** We will also skip the ticket line at Basilica Cistern. You can buy its tickets either by credit card or in cash.

*** During the tour, you do not need to make any payments specifically in local currency (i.e. Turkish Liras). Payments in foreign currencies (e.g. USD, Euro) and all major credit cards are accepted.

Tour Important Information

This is a walking tour. Please, wear comfortable shoes.

If you stay in a walking distance to the sites in the itinerary, we do not need any transportation. We may take public transportation (i.e. tram, metro) if needed.

Upon request, I can arrange a private van with a driver for you.


Please, kindly note that this private tour can be customized according to your wishes and preferences.


There is a dress code for Hagia Sophia and mosques. Men can wear shorts inside these places, but their knees shouldn't been seen. Thus, their shorts should be long enough to cover their knees. Ladies should wear scarfs to cover their heads and also, their shoulders and knees shouldn't been seen when they are inside these places.

Please, kindly note that it is free to borrow scarfs and body covers at mosques and also, you can buy disposal ones of which you need at Hagia Sophia.

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