Istanbul Half-Day Afternoon Tour

Istanbul Half-Day Afternoon Tour
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$101.18
Duration: 4 hours
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Description

Experience the highlights of historic Istanbul on this half-day small-group tour, limited to 15 people. Explore the grand Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern and the Hippodrome in 4 hours, accompanied by a local guide. Hotel pick-up and drop-off is available for a convenient and easy day in Istanbul’s Old City. Pick up and drop off is available only for the hotels near Sultanahmet area. 

Your small-group 4-hour tour of Istanbul’s Old City begins at 1:30pm with a pick-up in a climate-controlled vehicle from your Sultanahmet hotel. Transfers from hotels in other neighborhoods are available for an additional charge. Accompanied by a local guide, delve into the main wonders of Sultanahmet, the historic heart of Istanbul.

Begin at the Basilica Cistern, a 6th-century Byzantine wonder that was rediscovered in the 16th century by a curious Frenchman. Marvel at the colorfully-lit architecture and the live fish that still swim in the waters, as well as the mysterious Medusa statue tucked away in the halls.

Explore the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, an Ottoman place of worship with six slender minarets and an intricately tiled interior. Soak in the sweeping calligraphy and 260 stained glass windows as you walk through the mosque.

Stroll through the site of the ancient Hippodrome, the center of Byzantine social life and the scene of fiercely competitive chariot races. Now, it is a public square that contains relics from its glory days, including the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. Discover the remains of the curved end of the Hippodrome wall at the southwest side of the three monuments.

The tour concludes at the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul’s most famous monument. Hagia Sophia was the primary church of Byzantine Constantinople and was built upon the site of two earlier churches that were destroyed. After Constantinople fell to the Ottomans in 1453, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque, before becoming a museum in the 20th century. Gaze at the complex golden mosaics preserved on the walls.

At the conclusion of your tour, your vehicle can return you to your hotel.

Experience the highlights of historic Istanbul on this half-day small-group tour, limited to 15 people. Explore the grand Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern and the Hippodrome in 4 hours, accompanied by a local guide. Hotel pick-up and drop-off is available for a convenient and easy day in Istanbul’s Old City. Pick up and drop off is available only for the hotels near Sultanahmet area.