Istanbul Old Town Tour: Classics, Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Istanbul is very chaotic and going through a well-thought city route that covers a lot of good spots both hidden and must-see ones is a great opportunity to make. It would save a great time for the visitor and also localize the experience. You can learn a lot about the current news, trends, culture which might be broader and more open-minded that what you could find available on a blog post or a old time youtube vlog.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: City Tours with tuGuide

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hagia Sophia

We will learn about Hagia Sophia, which was an imperial worship place both for Islam and Christianity. No admission fee.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Blue Mosque

This 17th-century mosque is worth to pay visit to get familiar with religion of Islam. It a complex of tomb, school and market place 'Arasta Bazaar' with small street full of little shops. There is a great variety of goods to buy great souvenirs. No admission fee for the mosque. It is suitable to carry a scarf to cover the head during the visit.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Topkapi Palace

This visit to the 15th-century palace is very telling to understand the life and culture during Ottoman Empire that took Istanbul from Romans in 1453 and ruled until the foundation of Republic of Turkey in 1923. There are 2 options here. You can either visit only the general palace or also harem section. Topkapı Palace General Section Fee > 500 Lira Topkapı Palace + Harem Section Fee > 650 Lira

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Hagia Irene Museum

Location for lunch is flexible! Next to Aya İrini there is a great restaurant with cool ambiance!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hippodrome

At Hippodrome Area we will learn about the culture and entertainment hub of Roman and Ottoman Empire and also learn the background story of the interesting monuments such as Serpent Column and Obelisk of Theodosius.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nakkas Oriental Rugs & Textiles

We are discovering underground Istanbul, here we will see the remains of a Byzantine cistern which is not really included to classic tours.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Grand Bazaar

After a walk with highlights of the market and assistance for the specific product you intend to buy, we complete the trip in a special venue where we have a turkish coffee or a tea and a traditional dessert in a great ambiance.

Duration: 15 minutes
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