Istanbul City tour (Topkapi Palace + Hagia Sophia + Blue Mosque)

Binbirdirek, Blue Mosque, At Meydanı Cd, Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye
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Istanbul City tour (Topkapi Palace + Hagia Sophia + Blue Mosque)

Experience the grandeur of Istanbul with the Istanbul City tour, encompassing the iconic landmarks of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque. This immersive tour offers a fascinating journey through the history, architecture, and cultural significance of these incredible sites.

Begin your adventure at Topkapi Palace, a magnificent Ottoman palace that once served as the political and administrative hub of the Ottoman Empire. Marvel at the opulent architecture, stroll through the courtyards, and explore the grand rooms that once housed the sultans. From the Harem to the Imperial Treasury, each section of the palace reveals a different facet of the empire’s splendor. The panoramic views of the Bosphorus Strait add an extra touch of enchantment to this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Next, delve into the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, a true masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. Originally a cathedral, then converted into a mosque and now a museum, Hagia Sophia is a symbol of the city’s rich historical heritage. Step inside to behold the impressive dome, adorned with intricate mosaics depicting biblical scenes and stunning marble columns. As you explore the halls, you’ll be transported back in time, discovering the layers of history that have shaped Istanbul.

No visit to Istanbul would be complete without experiencing the Blue Mosque, an iconic symbol of the city’s skyline. Known for its distinctive blue tiles, the mosque boasts six minarets and a spacious courtyard. Enter this architectural marvel to admire its interior adorned with intricate designs and immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance. Respectful dress is encouraged, with shoulders and knees covered.

The Istanbul City tour offers a seamless blend of history, culture, and architectural marvels. Our expert guides will provide captivating insights into each site, ensuring a deeper understanding of their cultural and historical significance. Whether you’re fascinated by Ottoman history, Byzantine art, or Islamic architecture, this tour will leave you awe-inspired.

Join us on the Istanbul City tour (Topkapi Palace + Hagia Sophia + Blue Mosque) and embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Istanbul. Immerse yourself in the splendor of these iconic landmarks, and uncover the stories that have shaped this captivating city. Book your tour today and create memories that will last a lifetime.

FactsTopkapi PalaceHagia SophiaBlue Mosque
LocationIstanbul, TurkeyIstanbul, TurkeyIstanbul, Turkey
Highlights– Opulent Ottoman palace with stunning architecture– Byzantine architectural masterpiece– Iconic mosque with six minarets
History– Built in the 15th century as the residence of Ottoman Sultans– Originally a Byzantine cathedral, later converted to a mosque and now a museum– Built in the early 17th century by Sultan Ahmet I
Architecture– Ottoman architectural style with courtyards, pavilions, and grand rooms– Impressive dome, intricate mosaics, and marble columns– Distinctive blue tiles on the interior and exterior
Notable Features– Harem, Imperial Treasury, and stunning views of the Bosphorus Strait– Mosaics depicting biblical scenes and Islamic calligraphy– Six minarets and a spacious courtyard
Cultural Significance– UNESCO World Heritage site– UNESCO World Heritage site– Important symbol of Istanbul’s skyline and Islamic architecture
Importance– Political and administrative center of the Ottoman Empire– Symbol of Byzantine and Ottoman history– One of the most famous and important mosques in Turkey
Visitors– Visitors can explore the palace’s stunning rooms, learn about Ottoman history, and enjoy panoramic views of Istanbul– Visitors can admire the beautiful mosaics, learn about its historical significance, and appreciate the architectural grandeur– Visitors can enter the mosque to admire its interior, observe prayer, and experience the peaceful atmosphere

Few Important Pointers

  • Topkapi Palace: Explore the opulent Ottoman palace, once the residence of Ottoman Sultans, with its grand architecture and stunning views of the Bosphorus Strait.
  • Hagia Sophia: Marvel at the architectural masterpiece of Hagia Sophia, originally a Byzantine cathedral, then converted into a mosque and now a museum. Admire the impressive dome, intricate mosaics, and the blend of Byzantine and Islamic influences.
  • Blue Mosque: Visit the iconic Blue Mosque with its distinctive six minarets, elegant domes, and renowned blue tiles. Witness the spacious courtyard and immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance of this important Islamic landmark.
  • Cultural Heritage: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Istanbul, where Byzantine and Ottoman influences intertwine to create a unique tapestry of history, art, and architecture.
  • Knowledgeable Guides: Benefit from the expertise of knowledgeable guides who provide insights into the historical, cultural, and architectural aspects of each site. Gain a deeper understanding of the significance of these landmarks.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites - Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia - recognized for their outstanding universal value and historical significance.
  • Authentic Turkish Cuisine: Enjoy a break for lunch and savor delicious Turkish cuisine, experiencing the diverse flavors and culinary traditions of the region.
  • Interactive Learning: Engage in an interactive learning experience as guides share fascinating stories, legends, and facts about the landmarks, bringing the history and culture of Istanbul to life.
  • Convenience and Comfort: Enjoy the convenience of a well-organized tour, including transportation, entrance fees, and guided commentary, allowing you to relax and fully immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Istanbul.
  • Memorable Experiences: Create lasting memories as you explore the iconic landmarks, capture stunning photographs, and embrace the vibrant atmosphere of Istanbul, a city that seamlessly blends the old and the new.

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10:00 AM - Pickup from Hotel Lobby on Sharing basis + Start of Istanbul City tour
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Pickup: From the hotel lobby
  • Basis: Sharing basis (joining a group of fellow travelers)
  • Commencement: Start of the Istanbul City tour
  • Transportation: Comfortable vehicle provided for shared transportation
  • Interaction: Opportunity to engage with fellow travelerse
  • Preparation: Be ready in the hotel lobby a few minutes before 10:00 AM
Embark on the Istanbul City tour, joining a shared basis group of fellow travelers. At 10:00 AM, you will be picked up from the hotel lobby to start the tour. Enjoy the convenience of shared transportation and the opportunity to interact with other participants throughout the day. Explore the highlights of Istanbul, including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque, accompanied by knowledgeable guides who will provide insights and commentary. Ensure that you are prepared and ready in the hotel lobby a few minutes before the designated pickup time for a seamless departure.
10:30 AM - Arrival at Topkapi Palace + History & Significance
  • Time: 10:30 AM
  • Arrival: Reach Topkapi Palace
  • History: Explore the rich historical background of the palace
  • Significance: Learn about the cultural and political importance of Topkapi Palace
  • Architecture: Marvel at the exquisite Ottoman architectural style
  • Courtyards: Wander through the beautiful courtyards of the palace
  • Opulent Rooms: Discover the grand and opulent rooms within the palace
  • Imperial Treasury: Admire the dazzling collection of treasures
  • Harem: Learn about the private quarters of the sultans and their families
  • Bosphorus Views: Enjoy panoramic views of the Bosphorus Strait
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Recognize the significance of Topkapi Palace as a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Historical Context: Gain a deeper understanding of the palace's role in the Ottoman Empire
  • Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the heritage and legacy of Topkapi Palace

At 10:30 AM, you will arrive at Topkapi Palace, a remarkable historical site. Embark on a journey through time as you delve into the rich history of the palace. Discover its cultural and political significance, and learn about the architectural marvels of the Ottoman Empire. Explore the courtyards, wander through opulent rooms, and marvel at the treasures of the Imperial Treasury. Gain insight into the private lives of the sultans and their families in the Harem section. Don't forget to take in the breathtaking views of the Bosphorus Strait from the palace grounds. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Topkapi Palace offers a captivating glimpse into the grandeur and splendor of the Ottoman era. With a knowledgeable guide leading the way, you will delve deeper into the historical context and cultural immersion that the palace offers.

12:30 PM - Arrival at Hagia Sophia + Exploration
  • Time: 12:30 PM
  • Arrival: Reach Hagia Sophia
  • Exploration: Begin your exploration of this iconic landmark
  • Architecture: Marvel at the impressive architectural features
  • Dome: Admire the grand dome, an engineering marvel of its time
  • Mosaics: Appreciate the intricate and breathtaking mosaic artistry
  • Historical Significance: Learn about the historical importance of Hagia Sophia
  • Byzantine Heritage: Discover the Byzantine influences on the structure
  • Cultural Transformation: Understand the transition from cathedral to mosque and now a museum
  • Symbolism: Interpret the symbolism embedded in the design and artwork
  • Interior Tour: Walk through the halls and chambers of this magnificent building
  • Gallery: Explore the galleries and exhibition spaces within Hagia Sophia
  • Restoration Efforts: Gain insight into the ongoing preservation and restoration efforts

At 12:30 PM, you will arrive at Hagia Sophia, an architectural marvel with a rich historical legacy. Begin your exploration of this iconic landmark, taking in its magnificent architecture and awe-inspiring features. Marvel at the grand dome, a masterpiece of engineering, and admire the intricate mosaic artwork that adorns the interior. Delve into the historical significance of Hagia Sophia, which was originally a Byzantine cathedral, then transformed into a mosque, and now serves as a museum. Gain a deeper understanding of the cultural transformation and the influences that have shaped its unique character. As you walk through the halls and chambers, explore the galleries and exhibition spaces, and learn about the ongoing restoration efforts, your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights and share stories that bring Hagia Sophia to life. Immerse yourself in this interactive learning experience, appreciating the historical, cultural, and artistic significance of Hagia Sophia.

2:30 PM - Lunch Time (On your own expense)
  • Time: 2:30 PM
  • Lunch Break: Take a well-deserved break for lunch
  • Local Cuisine: Indulge in delicious Turkish cuisine
  • Restaurant Selection: Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant
  • Traditional Dishes: Savor authentic flavors and specialties
  • Relaxation: Take time to rest and recharge
  • Socializing: Engage in conversations with fellow tour participants
  • Cultural Experience: Immerse yourself in the local dining culture
  • Recommendations: Seek recommendations from the guide for local culinary delights
  • Dietary Restrictions: Notify the restaurant staff of any dietary restrictions or preferences
  • Leisure Time: Make the most of the lunch break to relax and enjoy the surroundings
  • Refreshment: Reenergize for the rest of the tour

At 2:30 PM, it's time for a well-deserved lunch break. Enjoy the opportunity to indulge in delicious Turkish cuisine at a local restaurant selected for the tour. Treat yourself to traditional dishes that showcase the flavors and specialties of the region. Take this time to relax and recharge, savoring the local flavors while socializing with your fellow tour participants. Immerse yourself in the cultural experience of dining in Istanbul, and feel free to seek recommendations from your guide for the best culinary delights in the area. If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, kindly notify the restaurant staff so they can accommodate your needs. Use this leisure time to unwind, soak in the ambiance, and refresh yourself for the remainder of the tour.

3:30 PM - Blue Mosque + mosque's architecture, symbolism, and cultural importance.
  • Time: 3:30 PM
  • Blue Mosque: Visit the iconic Blue Mosque
  • Architecture: Appreciate the stunning architectural design of the mosque
  • Symbolism: Understand the symbolism embedded in the mosque's features
  • Exterior: Admire the elegant domes and the six minarets
  • Courtyard: Take in the spacious courtyard and its meticulous landscaping
  • Interior: Step inside to marvel at the intricate tile work and decorative elements
  • Blue Tiles: Observe the famous blue tiles that adorn the interior walls
  • Spacious Prayer Hall: Witness the grandeur of the prayer hall
  • Islamic Art: Learn about the exquisite calligraphy and geometric patterns
  • Cultural Importance: Discover the mosque's significance as a place of worship and community
  • Dress Code: Respect the mosque's customs and dress modestly
  • Silent Observation: Experience the peaceful ambiance and observe prayer if possible
  • Guided Commentary: Benefit from the insights and explanations provided by your guide

At 3:30 PM, it's time to visit the magnificent Blue Mosque. Marvel at its exquisite architecture and explore the cultural importance it holds. Admire the elegant exterior with its impressive domes and six minarets. Take a moment to appreciate the spacious courtyard and its meticulously landscaped surroundings. As you enter the mosque, be prepared to be mesmerized by the intricate tile work and decorative elements that adorn the interior. The famous blue tiles, after which the mosque is named, create a truly captivating sight. Explore the spacious prayer hall and witness the grandeur that surrounds you. Take a moment to soak in the Islamic art, including the intricate calligraphy and geometric patterns that adorn the walls. Understand the cultural significance of the Blue Mosque as a place of worship and community gathering. Remember to dress modestly and respect the customs of the mosque. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance and observe the prayers if possible, embracing the spiritual atmosphere. Throughout the visit, your guide will provide insightful commentary, offering explanations about the architecture, symbolism, and cultural importance of this iconic mosque.

5:00 PM - Move towards hotel Lobby + End of Istanbul City tour
  • Time: 5:00 PM
  • Departure: Start moving towards the hotel lobby
  • Group Gathering: Gather with fellow tour participants
  • Transportation: Arrange for transportation back to the hotel
  • Reflection: Reflect on the day's experiences and highlights
  • Farewell: Bid farewell to the tour guide and fellow participants
  • Gratitude: Express gratitude for the informative and enjoyable tour
  • Return to Hotel: Board the arranged transportation back to your hotel
  • Conclusion: Conclude the Istanbul City tour

At 5:00 PM, it is time to start moving towards the hotel lobby as the Istanbul City tour comes to an end. Gather with your fellow tour participants, reflecting on the memorable experiences and highlights of the day. Arrange for transportation back to your hotel, ensuring a comfortable journey. Take a moment to express your gratitude to the tour guide and fellow participants for making the tour informative and enjoyable. This is also an opportunity to exchange contact information with new acquaintances you may have made during the tour. Board the arranged transportation that will take you back to your hotel, where you can relax and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Cherish the memories of the Istanbul City tour and the captivating sights you have explored throughout the day.

Compare the Inclusions and Exclusions

  • Transportation on SIC basis
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Taxes
  • Meals - Lunch
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Shopping
  • Private Transfers

Activity Type

City Tour

Transfers Type

Sharing Transfers (You & other guests will share)

Duration of Activity

Full Day

Other Terms

Can be Instantly booked
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Activity's Location

Binbirdirek, Blue Mosque, At Meydanı Cd, Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye

Frequently asked Questions about this tour

Are transfers included in this tour ?

Yes, Sharing transfers are included in this tour.

What is the cancellation policy ?

The tour can be cancelled 48 hours before travel date.

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Yes, this tour can be instantly paid without any availability check.You will need to pay 50% now and 50% on arrival in Bali.

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Lawrence
19/07/2023

Topkapi Palace and admiring the grandeur of Hagia Sophia were moments I'll forever cherish.

The Istanbul City tour was a highlight of my trip. The seamless organization, informative guides, and the chance to witness the historical treasures of Istanbul made it unforgettable. Standing in the courtyard of Topkapi Palace and admiring the grandeur of Hagia Sophia were moments I'll forever cherish.
Shammy
19/07/2023

This tour is a must-do for anyone visiting Istanbul.

I couldn't have asked for a better way to explore Istanbul than the Istanbul City tour. Each landmark was awe-inspiring in its own right. The expert guides provided valuable insights, making the history come alive. This tour is a must-do for anyone visiting Istanbul.
Ifzal
19/07/2023

It was a truly unforgettable experience

The Istanbul City tour was a perfect introduction to the city's historical gems. The guides were passionate and shared captivating stories about the landmarks. I'll never forget the peaceful atmosphere inside the Blue Mosque and the intricate details of Hagia Sophia. It was a truly unforgettable experience
Mehboob
19/07/2023

Istanbul is a city filled with rich history, and the Istanbul City tour allowed me to immerse myself in its beauty.

Istanbul is a city filled with rich history, and the Istanbul City tour allowed me to immerse myself in its beauty. From the grandeur of Topkapi Palace to the mesmerizing mosaics of Hagia Sophia, every moment was filled with wonder. This tour exceeded my expectations and left me with memories I'll cherish forever.
Mosel
19/07/2023

The Istanbul City tour was an incredible experience

The Istanbul City tour was an incredible experience! The knowledgeable guides provided fascinating insights into the history and significance of each landmark. Standing in awe of the stunning architecture of Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque was truly breathtaking. Highly recommended
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