A day through the heart of the old city
Anyone who is a little familiar about the Sultanahmet old town, knows is the historic center of the city, loaded with famous monuments such as Hagia Sophia , Topkapı Palace , Blue Mosque , Underground Cistern , Grand Bazaar.
The Hippodrome of Constantinople where we will see remaining monuments was an arena for chariot racings and social events during the Roman and Byzantine eras . The Hagia Sophia Museum was originally built as a church and converted into moque in 1453. It has been a sacred symbol for different faiths and became a model for the subsequent buildings with its massive dome and spacious nave. Topkapı palace is the place where we will learn about Ottoman history and step back in time. Underground cistern is the biggest and well preserved water reservoirs built during the Byzantine era. Grand bazaar is one of the oldest and biggest historic shopping mall in the world famous for authentic textiles, jewellry , rugs.
This tour offers the perfect mixture of history, local life and culture!
I will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it when you come out from the airport's secure Customs area. Then we will drive to the historic center of Istanbul known as Sultanahmet.
-Hagia Sophia Museum
- Lunch break
- Blue Mosque
*Please keep in mind that we can make necessary changes in the itinerary according to your wishes and interests.
*Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays between November 1 and March 31. The museum is open to visit on -*Mondays between April 1 and October 31.
* Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
*Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays.
*Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
*Children aged 12 and under are free of charge. Please make sure that you have passport copies of children verify their ages at museums.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Airport
End Point Options: Airport
Duration: 7 hours
Please keep in mind that depending on your flight time we can customise the duration of this tour.
This tour offers private car and driver service. Pick up from airport/ Drop off with comfortable , A/C ,
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
140 Turkish Lira - Depending on your travel date the estimated costs above might be different .
Comment: The Topkapı Palace Museum entrance fee is 60 Turkish Lira.
The Hagia Sophia Museum entrance fee is 60 Turkish Lira.
Underground Cistern Entarance fee is 20 Turkish Lira.
The estimated costs above might be a few liras more or less depending on your travel date. It is recommended to have some extra cash for personal expenses or refreshments.
- Personal Expenses
- Public Transportation Tickets
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
Due to regulations live guiding service is
not possible inside the Dolmabahçe Palace Museum.
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I had a 24hr layover in Istanbul and wanted a quick but thorough tour of this great city. Hatice was perfect! She met me at the airport (very far from downtown) and gave me a historical overview as we drove in. Once in the old city, with Hatice's guidance and knowledge we were able to bypass most of the tourist lines and proceed quickly into the site. This time savings alone was worth it. At each site, she was an informative and interesting teacher. After the tour, she took me back to the airport. PERFECT