Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Basilica Cistern - Blue Mosque - Spice Market

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul

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  • 4 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Discover the highlights of Sultanahmet, Istanbul's historic 'old town' on this half-day walking tour. Join your guide for a curated Istanbul experience, and avoid common Sultanahmet experiences like getting lost or being targeted by aggressive touts. Learn all about storied sites like the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern from your English-speaking guide.

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

A popular tourist site, sits next to the Hagia Sophia, and continues to function as a mosque today. The Blue Mosque, as it is popularly known, was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has five main domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes with traditional Ottoman architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia, Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

The Church of Divine Wisdom, a fifteen hundred years old splendid monument, is a must see in Istanbul, built to be the world’s largest place of worship by Emperor Justinian in 532 AD. First a Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Basilica, later an imperial mosque and now a museum. The lofty interior, stunning surviving mosaics and the massive dome, which seems to float unsupported and gives the church its amazing sense of space. An unforgettable experience awaiting you.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkey

The largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. Used to supply water to its inhabitants in the ancient past which was carried from 20 km away via aqueducts. Two medusa heads, lying upside down and sideway under two columns are the focal points.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Misir Carsisi (Spice Market), Rustem Pasa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambari Sok. No:92 Eminonu - Fatih, Istanbul 34116 Turkey

Egyptian Spice Bazaar

People come from around the world to explore the 350-year-old bazaar is a popular central place to purchase herbs, spices and spice mixes, tea, dried fruit, dried meat, and other delicacies. A must-visit for all first-time visitors to Istanbul, especially foodies.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Historic Areas of Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey

The historical city of Istanbul, the only city in the world located on two continents, was the capital of three great empires; Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul Turkey

This beautiful square and a great place to make a stop, relax and take photos of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Nuruosmaniye Camii, Mollafenari Mah. Vezirhan Cad. Fatih, Istanbul 34120 Turkey

The mosque is the first mosque ever which was built in Baraque Style and you can easily see it if you have an eye for the detail.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Tahtakale District, Istanbul Turkey

"Shop till you drop" in Tahtakale, a sub-district of Istanbul's Eminönü, where you can find anything and everything you are looking for, all for resonable prices.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Istanbul, Istanbul

Istanbul is a holy city, where mosques, churches and synagogues exist side by side.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

Hippodrome of Byzantine for chariot races

Pass By: Kapali Carsi, Kalpakcilar Cad. Sorguclu Han No: 22, Istanbul 34126 Turkey

Grand Covered Bazaar

  • Small Group
  • Professional Guide
  • Entrance fees/tickets included
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Blue Mosque is closed until on Fridays (We visit Nuruosmaniye Mosque instead)
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • When visiting Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia: Modest, conservative clothing which exposes a minimum of flesh is good. No shorts or sleeveless shirts on either men or women. Women cover over head with scarf or shawl.
  • Basilica Cistern is closed due to an ongoing restoration. A detailed introduction to its history is given from outside
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Departure Point

House of Medusa Restaurant, Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Return Details

Mısır Çarşısı, Rüstem Paşa, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Voucher info

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


4 hours

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

User's Reviews

Gerald L

26 Sep, 2019

Erol was fantastic!! Visited the beautiful city of Istanbul together with my wife for honeymoon. Erol knowledge about Istanbul provided us with a very interesting insights on the various history and culture of the city.

We highly recommend anyone who is visiting the city to try and do this on the first day. He also provided us with lots of pro tips to find the best food and places. 5 stars for sure!

Brian H

03 Jul, 2019

Erol was fantastic. He was interesting and informative and highlighted all the key points. He also provided us with additional helpful information. Many thanks Erol

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