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

Overview

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.

Itinerary
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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 Museum / Church (Ayasofya), 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 30 minutes

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

Inclusions
  • Small Group Tour
  • Professional Tour Guide Exclusively For You
  • Duration 4 Hours
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Departure Point

Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Alemdar, Divanyolu Caddesi No:6, 34400 Sultanahmet/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.

Duration

4 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 26 Sep 2019 -

Gerald L

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!

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

Brian H

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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