Old City

Old City Tour is the one of the best options for transit passengers who wants to see the major tourist attractions of city during the layover in Istanbul. If you have net 4 -5 hours at least between flights, it is possible to cover the sites in below given schedule.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Byzantine Hippodrome

Hippodrome was the heart of Roman/Byzantine Constantinople for entertainments, social activities and chariot races, imperial ceremonies and celebration. Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Built Obelisk are the monuments to see.

Blue Mosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, iconic symbol of Turkish and Islamic architecture, is a masterpiece with extra ordinary beautiful symmetry with blue Iznik tiles.

(Blue Mosque is open after noon prayer on Fridays)

Hagia Sophia

A mind-blowing history of Istanbul is hidden inside; The ambition of Romans and Ottomans made the structure antiquity’s most challenging work and the most controversial one as turning the interior decoration into a hybrid religion temple.

(Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays)

Grand Bazaar

Diamonds, carpets, silk scarves, leather garments and more are on display in the oldest and the largest covered market place in the world with 4000.

(Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays)

Topkapi Palace

The former imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans and the oldest and the largest remaining palace in the world. Today, it is used as a museum to show works of art and many priceless artifacts.

(Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays)

Basilica Cistern

Built in 6th C. to supply water to The Great Palace of Romans, then it was forgotten in underground during Ottoman Era. Now it is one the most visited attraction in the old city.

SCHEDULE

After meeting your guide, you will head to Sultan Ahmed area, which is home six of the most important Roman/Byzantine and Ottoman legendary sites. Tour begins next to German Fountain where you will learn foundation mythology of the city and chronicle order of civilizations lived through there. Then you will walk a bit to visit the artifacts in Hippodrome Square from Roman Era; Egyptian Obelisk, Snake Colum, The Stone Obelisk. The next site is Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as Blue Mosque. You will amazed by size and decoration of this Ottoman Mosque. Across Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia is standing with its all glory as challenge to years where you will listen the intrigue past divided among Christians and Muslims. since 6th C. In short walk from Hagia Sophia, is the largest palace in world; Topkapı Palace, which was residential and imperial center of the Ottoman Empire. You will see priceless artifacts in various collection rooms and stunned of richness. Once you have finished the palace after lunch break, you will see Basilica Cistern. Roman Emperor Justinian’s other daring work from 6th C, a cistern with mind-boggling size and rich decoration like a Roman Palace. The last site is Grand Bazaar for some shopping. ıt is a paradise of Leather, carpet, jewelery and tile lovers. At the end, you will catch your transport to be dropped off back to the meeting point.

DETAILS

Inclusions

Private tour by a local experienced professional tour guide
Public transportation costs
A glass of Turkish tea or Coffee in a historical tea house.

Exclusions

Entrance Fees
Meals & Drinks
Private Transfers Costs
Tips

SPECIAL NOTES

Payment & Cancellation Policy

To secure your booking, 50 Euros need to be settled via PayPal account which will be sent after availability confirmation. Upon receiving upfront payment, the confirmation e-mail will be sent to your e-mail address. Please inform us once you have proceed to payment so that we can confirm as soon as possible.Cancellations made up to 3 days before the booked tour date are refunded.

Istanbul Layover Tours uses public transportation unless private vehicle is requested
Tour schedule is flexible and can be altered up to traveler’s request and day of holidays
Tour duration is 4 hours for Half Day Tours and 8 Hours for Full Day Tours
Moderate distance of walking is expected