Istanbul City Tours

  • Starts & finishes at Sultanahmet Square / Old City. This is a walking-tour.
  • Starting Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Finishing Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Duration: app. 8 hours

Topkapi Palace & Harem

The Topkapi Palace is the biggest and one of the most popular sites to visit in Istanbul. It was built between 1466 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmet II on top of a hill in a small peninsula, dominating the Golden Horn to the north, the Sea of Marmara to the south, and the Bosphorus strait to the north east, with great views of the Asian side as well. The palace was the political center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Hippodrome area

The main social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. You will be able to see Serpent Column, Obelisk of Thutmose III, Column of Constantine, Walled Obelisk and Statues of Porphyrios.


Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque)

Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque because of its bluish interior decoration, is the most important mosque of Istanbul standing next to the Byzantine Hippodrome in the old city center. It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I between 1609 – 1616 facing Hagia Sophia, in order to compete with it.

Underground Cistern

Underground Cistern (or Basilica Cistern) is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Byzantine Emperor Constantine built a structure that was later rebuilt and enlarged by Emperor Justinian after the Nika riots of 532, which devastated the city. It was constructed using 336 columns, many of which were salvaged from ruined temples and feature fine carved capitals. The most iconic example of re-use is the famous Medusa heads located in the northwest corner of the cistern.

The Grand Covered Bazaar

One of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. It was built of wood after the Conquest of Istanbul and got bigger and larger throughout the centuries with the addition of new sections and inns. Today the bazaar covers an area of approximately 31thousand square meters with its over 3000 shops (some even say 4000), 17 inns (Han), 61 streets, over 20thousand employees, 4 fountains, 10 wells, 2 mosques, several cafes and restaurants, change offices, a police station, and 22 gates.

  • Starts & finishes at your hotel (European side of Istanbul)
  • Starting Time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Finishing Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Duration: app. 9 hours

Chora Church

The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora (the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful surviving examples of a Byzantine church. The building also contains well-preserved and breathtaking collections of Byzantian mosaics and frescoes.

Church of St. George, Istanbul

The Church of St. George is the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral still in use in Istanbul. Since about 1600, it has been the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the senior patriarchate of the Greek Orthodox Church and recognised as the spiritual leader of the world’s Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Ahrida Synagogue of Istanbul

A glorious example of the rich cultural life of Turkish Jews, the Ahrida has its rightful place among major synagogues of the world. It is the oldest of Istanbul’s 16 synagogues in use today, located in the neighborhood of Balat. The Ahrida is said to take its name from the town of Ohrid in Macedonia from which their founding congregations migrated in Byzantine times.

Bulgarian St. Stephen Church

This interesting building is famous for being made of prefabricated cast iron elements in the neo-Gothic style and therefore also known as Bulgarian Iron Church. It belongs to the Bulgarian minority in the city. The prefabricated iron parts were fabricated in Vienna and shipped down the Danube in sections and built on the southern shore of the Golden Horn in 1898.

Church of Saint Mary of the Mongols

This Eastern Orthodox church is the only Byzantine church of Constantinople that has never been converted to a mosque and is still active. The rose-red building was founded by Princess Maria Palaiologina, the illegitimate daughter of Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos, in 1282.  She also spent the last years of her life here, as a nun.

Aya Theodosia Church (Gul Mosque)

Today’s Gül Mosque (“The Mosque of the Rose” in English) is a former Eastern Orthodox church. It is believed that the church was named after St. Theodosia after her bones were brought here in the 13th century. St. Theodosia was martyred while she was trying to prevent an icon of Jesus, which stood over the Chalke Gate of the Empire Palace, from being removed at the beginning of the iconoclast riots in 726.

  • Starts & finishes at your hotel (European side of Istanbul)
  • Starting Time: 9:00 a.m.
  • Finishing Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Duration: app. 9 hours

Dolmabahce Palace

With over 110.000 square meters of construction on 250.000 square meters of land, it sure is an impressive palace on the Bosphorus. Completed by the year 1856, The Palace has a European design with neo-baroque style, typical of the Ottoman tradition of the mid-19th century. It has 285 rooms, 46 reception halls and galleries, 6 Turkish baths (hamams).

Bosphorus Boat Trip

Public boats, departing from the Galata Bridge will take you and your guide up the Bosphorus following the Europian shore to the limits of Istanbul and take you back following the Asian side in 2 hours. During the trip, you will be able to get information about the impressive buildings and sites along the Bosphorus while enjoying the breathtaking view.

Haghia Sophia

The ancient Byzantine church, built by Justinian I between 532-537 AD after the Nika Riot, was later converted to a mosque with the addition of minarets in mid-15th century. The remarkable structure with its 56m high immense dome is today a museum in which you can see both Christian and Islamic art.

Istanbul Archaeology Museum

This complex was build by the end of 19th century by the architect Vallaury thanks to great efforts of famous Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey. It includes the exquisite Tiled Kiosk and the Museum of the Ancient Orient and houses a large collection of artifacts and works of art belonging to ancient Greek, Roman and other Anatolian civilizations dating back to the 6th century BC.

Spice Bazaar

This famous covered bazaar was originally made of wood in mid-17th century and got its final restorations during the mid-forties. Today, the Spice Bazaar has 86 shops inside, most of them specialized on selling spices, herbs and medicinal plants. You can see, smell and even taste many interesting spices, dried fruits, nuts, teas, oils, honeycombs as well as traditional sweets including turkish delight.

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