Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet Old City Highlights Guided Outer Tour

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Istanbul Old City Highlights: Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and Sultanahmet Guided Outer Tour

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Sultanahmet Highlights on the Path of Byzantine

Unveil the wonders of Istanbul's rich history on the "Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, and Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet and Byzantine Highlights Tour," included in the Istanbul Tourist Pass®. This immersive 3-hour tour takes you through the heart of the city, where you'll explore the iconic Hagia Sophia, the stunning Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, and the historic Hippodrome. Guided by a local expert, you'll gain deep insights into the Ottoman, Byzantine, and Roman heritage that shaped Istanbul. The tour concludes with a delightful tea tasting, offering you a taste of local culture and flavors. Perfect for first-time visitors, this tour is a must for anyone looking to capture the essence of Istanbul.

After the guided tour, if you want to enter the landmarks, pre-book your tickets now and then easily access your online ticket QR codes when you are at proximity to the attraction. 

About The Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet Old City Highlights Guided Outer Tour

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Duration: Approximately 180 Minutes

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Highlights

Enjoy an exclusive 180-minute walking tour through the historic Sultanahmet district, immersing yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Istanbul.

Discover the First Garden of Topkapi Palace, where you'll learn about the opulent lives of the Ottoman sultans amidst lush greenery.

Explore the magnificent exterior of Hagia Sophia, marveling at its architectural grandeur and centuries-old history.

View the ancient Basilica Cistern from above ground, and uncover the fascinating role it played in Istanbul's ancient water supply system.

Experience the historical significance of Sultanahmet Square, with a guided tour of the Ancient Roman Hippodrome, once the social and sporting center of Byzantine Constantinople.

Visit the stunning Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), and admire the intricate design and spiritual significance of this iconic landmark.

Savor a complimentary tasting of herbal tea, Turkish delights, and spices, adding a flavorful end to your immersive cultural experience.

Perfect for first-time visitors to Istanbul, this tour provides an ideal introduction to the city's rich history and vibrant culture.

 

Includes

Guided Walking Tour with a Local Expert Guide

Complimentary tasting of herbal tea, Turkish delights, and spices


Sultanahmet Highlights on the Path of Byzantine

With Istanbul Tourist Pass®, embark on an exclusive 180-minute walking tour through the heart of Sultanahmet, exploring the highlights of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture. Here is step by step itinerary of this amazing tour:

Starting Point: Topkapı Cafe

Meet your expert guide at the Topkapı Cafe, conveniently located next to the entrance of the Topkapi Palace.

Topkapi Palace (via the First Garden)

Begin your tour with a stroll through the serene First Garden of Topkapi Palace, learning about its historical significance and the opulent lives of the Ottoman sultans.

Hagia Sophia Mosque Museum (all around from outside)

Explore the exterior of the magnificent Hagia Sophia, with your guide sharing insights into its architectural grandeur and storied past as a basilica, mosque, and museum.

Basilica Cistern (from the surface and outside)

View the Basilica Cistern from above ground, discovering its fascinating role in Istanbul's ancient water supply system.

Sultanahmet Square

Continue to Sultanahmet Square for a guided tour of the Ancient Roman Hippodrome, where you'll learn about its historical importance as a social and sporting center of Byzantine Constantinople.

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)

Conclude your tour with a visit to the stunning Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), where your guide will reveal the intricacies of its design and its place in Istanbul's cultural and religious life.

To cap off your experience, enjoy a complimentary tasting of herbal tea, Turkish delights, and spices, immersing yourself in the flavors of local culture. This tour is an ideal introduction to Istanbul, offering deep insights and unforgettable views of its most iconic landmarks.

For this amazing experience with a comprehensive guided tour and more, Buy Your Pass Now! Istanbul Tourist Pass® is here to make your Istanbul trip an unforgettable experience! 

Hours & Meeting

For the meeting point and hours of this tour, please visit our Tours & Attractions Admission Program

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How To Get There?

The Meeting Point for this tour is the Topkapi Cafe just next to the main entrance of the Topkapi Palace.

his convenient location is easily accessible and serves as the perfect starting point for your tour.

By Tram:

Take the T1 Tram Line and get off at the Sultanahmet stop. From there, it's a short walk to Topkapi Cafe.

By Bus:

Several bus lines stop near the Sultanahmet area. Check local bus routes for the most convenient option.

By Foot:

If you are staying in the Sultanahmet district, many of the hotels are within walking distance of Topkapi Cafe.

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Important Information

This tour does not include the entrance tickets. Pre-book your entrance tickets here: Tours & Attractions Admission Program


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All About Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet Old City Highlights Guided Outer Tour

Experience the magic of Istanbul's rich heritage with the "Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, and Blue Mosque - Sultanahmet and Byzantine Highlights Tour," included in the Istanbul Tourist Pass®. This exclusive 3-hour walking tour is designed to immerse you in the architectural and historical wonders of the city.

Expertly Guided Exploration

Meet your knowledgeable local guide at the Topkapi Cafe, adjacent to the entrance of the Topkapi Palace. From there, embark on a journey through time as you visit the First Garden of Topkapi Palace, the magnificent exterior of Hagia Sophia, and the surface view of the ancient Basilica Cistern.

Historic Landmarks and Cultural Insights

Continue to Sultanahmet Square for an enlightening guided tour of the Ancient Roman Hippodrome. Discover the historical significance of this site, which once served as the social and sporting hub of Byzantine Constantinople. The tour also includes a visit to the stunning Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), where you will learn about its intricate design and spiritual importance.

Complimentary Tastings

Enhance your cultural experience with complimentary tastings of herbal tea, Turkish delights, and spices. This delightful addition provides a flavorful conclusion to your immersive tour.

Perfect for First-Time Visitors

This tour is ideal for first-time visitors to Istanbul, offering a comprehensive introduction to the city's most iconic landmarks and vibrant history. Book your tour today with Istanbul Tourist Pass® and embark on a memorable journey through the heart of Istanbul.

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Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Sultanahmet Old City Highlights Guided Outer Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts at the Topkapi Cafe, located next to the Topkapi Palace entrance, and ends at the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque).

How long does the tour last?

The tour is approximately 3 hours long.

What languages are the tours offered in?

This tour is offered in English.

Are entrance fees to the attractions included in the tour price?

No, entrance fees are not included. You can get your tickets with your Pass.

Is this tour suitable for children?

Yes, the tour is suitable for all ages. However, please note that it involves walking for approximately 3 hours.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Due to the historic nature of the sites and uneven surfaces, the tour may not be fully wheelchair accessible. Please contact us for further assistance.

Can I take photographs during the tour?

Yes, you are welcome to take photographs during the tour.

What should I wear for the tour?

We recommend comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for walking. Please note that shoulders and knees should be covered when entering the Blue Mosque.

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