Explore the historical traces of the two greatest epochs – Byzantine and Ottoman Empire in the heart of Istanbul! Visit all important historic sites of Ottoman Empire and Byzantine with our Full Day Istanbul Historical Tour with lunch. We will visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet), Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, Grand Bazaar. You will feel the real atmosphere of ancient Istanbul.
Feel yourself like in 16 century on Hippodrome square, admire mysterious age-old mosaics of Blue Mosque, be a guest of Topkapi Palace which was a residence of the greatest Sultans of Ottoman Empire for several centuries!
This is the best walking tour you can find which will show you everything that you can’t miss while visiting Istanbul! Lunch and Entrance fees are included!
During our Istanbul Historical Tour, we will visit all the sightseeing of Istanbul and will have a lunch break. Lunch and all entrance fees are included!
Hagia Sophia Mosque : In fact, it is one of the most beautiful and mysterious places not only in Istanbul but also in the world. Hagia Sofia is a monumental building surrounded by four minarets. It has an unbelievable atmosphere and aura of power. In its history, it was both - Cathedral of St. Sophia for 1500 years, and mosque so its beautiful mosaics and symbols of Christianity live together with Arabic script. They are amazingly complementing each other. You can’t leave Istanbul without visiting it.
Hippodrome: The Hippodrome square was a place for a horse-racing track, court ceremonies, as well as coronations, parades. It was a center of Byzantine’s social life for many centuries.
Blue Mosque: We will visit The Blue Mosque also known as Sultanahmet or Sultan Ahmed Mosque. It is called the Blue Mosque thanks to beautifulspecial blue tiles on the walls which were produced on the order Sultan Ahmed I. You will be definitely amazed by the magnificence and majesty of this mosque.
Lunch Break:We will have a delicious lunch break in Safi Restaurant
Topkapi Palace: You will see the residence of the greatest Ottoman Sultans - The Topkapı Palace. It was built in 1479, by order of Sultan Mehmed, and until the mid-19th century, it had been the main residence of the Ottoman Padishahs. Today Topkapı Palace is one of the richest museums in the world and one of Istanbul’s favorite attractions. The walls of the palace keep many secrets and mysterious facts. Let’s explore it together!
Grand Bazaar:It is one of the largest and oldest markets in the world which originates in the Ottoman Empire. An oriental tale can’t exist without a real bazaar filled with bright colorful goods, laughter, noise, aromas of oriental spices. You will experience unforgettable emotions! Famous Grand Bazaar is a real eastern market, it represents a huge area which is spread out over several blocks of the city, having ancient arches, roofs, etc. The building of the market dates back to 1461. Grand Bazaar has 61 streets, more than 4400 shops, around 2195 studios, currency exchange offices, several cafes, 18 fountains, and 12 mosques. You can also find a school and even one bath there.
The tour was perfect, carefully planned to include all the attractions we dreamed of visiting and them some. Our guide Ösgen, being a graduated historian, not only has very accurate and detailed information, but also helped us navigate places like the grand bazaar, a metro station and Taksim square, to name a few.
Istanbul is a fascinating and complex city and exploring it with the help of Hakan and Ösgen made the experience even more interesting, safe and fun. We definitely recommend this agency.
Although the tour was organized the evening before over whatsapp, it turned out to be one of the best tours I have ever been on! On the first day we did the old classic tour, which included the Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, Hippodrome and Hagia Sophia. On the second day we really wanted to visit the Dolmabahce palce and take a boat tour on the Bosphorus, so this is what we did. In addition our tour guide, Ozzy recommended that we take a look in the spice market bazar as well, which was totally worth it. All in all, the amount of information we learned during our 2 days in Istanbul is amazing. Our tour guide made us fall in love with Istanbul and made everything so much more interesting. Cannot wait to be back and visit more of this wonderful country! Keep up the god work!