Istanbul Tour with Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Istanbul
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  • Cancellable

Overview

This fullday tour of Istanbul visits sites in the historic area of Istanbul.

- Hagia Sophia an important Byzantine structure in Istanbul and one of the world’s great monuments.
- Sultanahmet Mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. (Closed on Friday)
- The Topkapi Palace once served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the powerful sultans of the Ottoman Empire during. (Closed on Tuesday)
- Hippodrome of Constantinople, located in Sultanahmet/Istanbul, was a public arena mainly for chariot races.- Hippodrome
- The Grand Bazaar built in the 15th century, is the oldest covered market in the world. (Closed on Sunday)

Itinerary
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Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

The Hagia Sophia that you can visit today was the primary church of Byzantine Constantinople and was built upon the site of two earlier churches that had been destroyed. Emperor Justinian I (527-565) commissioned the project and had materials brought in from all around his empire for the massive church’s construction. The Hagia Sophia was the most important church of the Christian East. Structurally, it was the first of its design and boasted the largest dome that had yet been engineered which provided a voluminous and well illuminated interior. After Constantinople fell to the Ottomans in 1453, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque and was used as such throughout the Ottoman period. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the modern Turkish Republic’s most revered founding father and its first Prime Minister, initiated the process to have the Hagia Sophia transformed into a museum which opened for visitors in February 1935.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

This mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616 and is located in the district of old Istanbul that is named after this Ottoman Sultan and it is distinguished by its six slender minarets. The central dome is 43 m in height and 33.4 m in diameter and there are 260 stained glass windows throughout the mosque. Due to the intricately decorated blue, green and red tiles of its interior, it has long been referred to as the Blue Mosque. These tiles, produced and painted by hand in Iznik (ancient Nicaea), are an attraction in and of themselves. The Quranic inscriptions that you will see throughout the mosque were made by Seyyid Kasım Gubari, one of the most famous calligraphers of his time.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

The ancient Hippodrome was the center of Byzantine social life and the scene of fiercely competitive chariot races. It was located in the square that is now in front of the Blue Mosque and is still the site of ancient relics from its glory days. These are the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. Remains of the curved end of the Hippodrome wall can be seen on the southwest side of the three monuments.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Sokak 12, Kapalicarsi, Istanbul 34126 Turkey

Your guide will then take you to the GRAND SPICE 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. After your tour, transfer back to your hotel.

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions
  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Guided Full Day Istanbul City Tour
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Return transfer to your hotel
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace

Exclusions
  • Personal expenses: Lunches, extras at hotel or additional meals
  • Tipping: Tips for guides and drivers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick you up from the your hotel.


Departure Time

9:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

5 to 6 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

jamesfalcon1

20 Jan, 2022

Turkey was beautiful, Cappadocia Pamukkale and Ephesus I had a nice time,I enjoyed the ephesus and istanbul tour a lot.. Apasas travel organized the ephesus and istanbul tour, they made me very happy,I had an amazing time with his excellent team and guide...thank you very much APASAS TRAVEL you left me a nice memory

57225michael

29 Dec, 2021

Our guide was very infornative and friendly. Tour was amazing. Thank you for everythink highly recommend this tour.

JanetN19

17 Aug, 2021

İ loved the old city tour the atmosphere from the hippodrome and the old town . A good guide who spoke fluent English

gordonandrew1

12 Aug, 2021

It was amazing tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and informative. It was a great trip! Highly recommended!

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