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Istanbul’s Historical Highlights Walking Tour

Available in English Hotel Pick up included

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?


  • Duration

    8 hours

  • Start time

    Start time: 0830h (08:30am)
    Duration: 8 hours

  • Meeting Point
    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)
  • Ending Point

    Your hotel in Istanbul

Key Highlights

  • For those who really want to get to know Istanbul this is the tour for you
  • Entrance fees to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophi, Topkapi Palace and much more are included
  • Lunch is included at a traditional Turkish restaurant
  • Spend some time at Istanbul’s bustling Grand Bazaar
  • Hotel pick up and drop off is included
  • The walking tour is led by an English speaking guide


Discover Istanbul's finest sites and historical treasures on this excellent full day walking tour.

View the magnificent Hagia Sophia, with its great dome, the finest piece of Byzantine architecture in existence.

Enjoy the grace and harmony of the Blue Mosque with its ascending domes and slender minarets. And admire the magnificent Suleymanye Mosque with its elegantly understated interior.

See the Byzantine Hippodrome, a seriously 'happening' place in Byzantine times, and shop at the Grand Bazaar for souvenirs. Prepare to bargain hard!

Visit the Topkapi Palace for tantalising glimpses of the over-the-top opulence of the Sultan's court. Make sure you see the fantastic porcelain and imperial robes collections.


  • For your exciting Istanbul’s Historical Highlights Walking Tour, you will be picked up from your hotel by your (English-speaking guide) in an air-conditioned vehicle and driven to the old city center. Leaving the vehicle, you will set off on foot on a sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Highlights of your exciting excursion include: • Hagia Sophia (excluding the Gallery floor): Also known as Ayasofya or St Sophia, this is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. Famous for its great dome and glorious mosaics, it has a checkered history. Originally built as a church, it was later converted into a mosque and is now a museum. On Mondays it is closed and the tour will visit Kariye (St. Savior in Chora) Museum instead. • Kariye (St. Savior in Chora) Museum: (Mondays) The interior of this one-time church has stunning Byzantine mosaics. • Topkapi Palace (excluding the Treasury and Harem sections): Built in the 15th century, this was the luxurious residence of the Ottoman Sultans for more than three centuries. Check out the fabulous porcelain collection in the Palace kitchens and the amazing display of sultans' robes. • Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque: With its six graceful minarets and multiple domes, this is one of the best known features of Istanbul's skyline. Built by Sultan Ahmet I to rival Ayasofya, it is one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture. (It's called the 'Blue Mosque' for the blue tiles in the upper part). • Byzantine Hippodrome: Now a quiet public park, this was a lively place in Byzantine times. Great sports events and public celebrations were held here, as well as riots and protests. In the park you will see the 3500-year-old Egyptian granite Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column (originally from Delphi in Greece), and the Fountain donated by Kaiser of Wilhelm II. • The Grand Bazaar: In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand- honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx- ware and meerschaum pipes. At the end of the tour, you will board a vehicle and will be dropped off back at your hotel.


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees to Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Covered Bazaar, Topkapi Palace


  • Lunch (with vegetarian option)

Additional info

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may haveYou will be asked to remove your shoes when entering mosques

Customer Reviews

  • 4
    Istanbul’s Historical Highlights Walking Tour
    05/30/2013 mr mark r silver, United Kingdom
  • 4
    Outstanding Tour!
    08/06/2010 Nathaniel Lambert, USA
  • 4
    Very knowledgeable and wonderful with the children!
    01/29/2010 Mr Gerard Francis Garcia, United Kingdom

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