Guided tour

Istanbul: Half-Day Imperial Morning Tour

3.7 / 5

18 reviews

Activity provider: Adore Tour & Travel
Guided tour

Istanbul: Half-Day Imperial Morning Tour

Activity provider: Adore Tour & Travel

From US$ 35.57 per person

See the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar with an official guide including entrance fees as per itinerary and transportation on this historical half-day small group morning tour.

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Duration 4 hours
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Pickup included
City center hotels.


  • See Hagia (Saint) Sophia, the Sultanahmet Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and German Fountain
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar with its labyrinth of streets and passages of more than 4000 shops
  • Transfer to your hotel after the tour
Full description
Begin your tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century A.D. and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next, you will visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from exquisite blue Iznik tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. Finally, Brief Handicrafts Presentation & Lecture (Optional Attendance) next to the Grand Bazaar. Free time to explore Grand Bazaar on your own. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. Note: Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. On Sundays we visit Nuruosmaniye Street around Grand Bazaar since Grand Bazaar is closed.
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off (city center hotels on the European side only)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Guide and air-conditioned vehicle
  • VAT
  • Gratuities/ tips (optional)
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Children under 18-years-old and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • During religious holidays, the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar will be closed
  • On Sundays, when the Grand Bazaar is closed, you will visit Nuruosmaniye around the Grand Bazaar
  • Cover ups and head scarves will be provided at the Blue Mosque
  • On Friday morning, The Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia are visioned only from outside because of Friday Prayer.
  • Daily morning regular group tour
  • 20 to 25 persons for each group
Customer reviews

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3.7 /5

based on 18 reviews

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Took us to the sights nominated but the experience was very rushed and we ended up at a "fashion show" at Bilgins shop (obviously not part of the itinerary and had to wait over an hour at that shop to be collected. They did not take us to the Grand Bazaar - Bilgins is close to there so I walked down and saw it by myself while waiting for the bus. This felt like it was designed to get us to shop at Bilgins.

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February 8, 2023

Great visit with a lot of explanation:)

January 23, 2023

January 7, 2023

Product ID: 97941