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Historical Sites of Istanbul

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Istanbul, Turkey

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $360 USD per trip
  • Duration

    8 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    9:00am - 5:00pm

  • Starting Location

    Pick up from your hotel in Istanbul.

  • Price Includes

    Pick up transfer to/from your hotel in Istanbul; All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary; Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach; Professional English-speaking tour guide.

  • Notes

    Inside the mosques, please cover your shoulders and knees; Hagia Sophia closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesday; Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays.

Highlights

  • Visit St. Sophia, one of the architectural marvels of all time.
  • See the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
  • See the Ancient Hippodrome where chariot races occurred.
  • Come shop in the Grand Covered Bazaar and get a real cultural experience.
  • Explore the eery underground cistern that was built in 532 AD.

Trip Info

On this tour we’ll visit St. Sophia,  built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. We’ll also head to the Topkapi Palace, the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque and the Hippodrome. This was the stadium used for horse and chariot racing. We’ll also see some noteworthy monuments –  the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.  Well also spend some time at the Underground Cistern. It is thought to have been built after the Nika revolt in 532 AD. Today it has a rather eery and mystical ambiance. And last, we’ll go to the Grand Covered Bazaar, a labyrinth of streets wtih more than 4000 shops.

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