General

What strange phenomena we find in a great city…All we need to do is to walk with our eyes open!!!

Istanbul is a city which is alive, has feelings and it is always ready to welcome you with her love…

We can not find a better way for you getting to know with all the significant history that surrounds its greatness, than taking a walk at the Old City!

Join this full day tour and we are sure that at the end of the day you will be already making plans for your next visit here…

 

Hagia Sophia

One of the most precious jewels of the World Heritage… also called as “the eighth wonder of the World”. Sits proudly in the center of the old city for almost 1700 years, expecting from the visitors to admire its greatness!!! It was built in 537,dedicated to the Wisdom of God and it was a Christian church for over 900 years…until the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed in 1453. Hagia Sophia is an amazing architectural sample of Byzantium Era. In 1935, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk converted it into a museum

Blue Mosque

This imposingly beautiful mosque is a 400 year old Cami that dominates the sky of Istanbul! It was built over the site of the ancient Hippodrome, between 1609-1616, for Sultan Ahmet and took its name because of its amazing blue-tiled interior. Blue Mosque is one of the two mosques in Turkey with six minarets! Besides of being a tourist attraction, it is also an active mosque which closes its door five times a day

Hippodrome of Constantinople

The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a public entertainment space intended for horse and chariot racings while gaining at the same time institutional and political dimensions. Its capacity was estimated to reach 100,000 viewers, while the total length was about 450 meters! Currently an elongated public garden, with many remains of the Hippodrome to remind us its greatness…

Cafer Aga Medresseh

A beautiful small place hidden in the shadow of Hagia Sophia. It was build in 1560, as a school, designed by Sinan on the orders of Cafer Ağa. Nowadays it hosts a cultural organisation for teaching and promoting traditional Turkish handicraft! Madrasa provides over 12 handicraft courses such as the popular art of marbling, painting, jewelry, porcelain, calligraphy, Ottoman language, ceramic and stained glass

Topkapi Imperial Palace

Topkapi is a complex of small buildings full of color, and indelible beauty! A palace that housed for almost 400 years, Ottoman Sultans, their families and about 4000 people who also lived there. It is the place where most of the important decisions about the Ottoman Empire were taken ! A palace that housed not only the Sultans, but also many unbelievable stories, countless intrigues, schemings and murder scenarios between the wifes of the Sultans and not only…! Mehmet the Conqueror built the first stage of the palace shortly after the Conquest in 1453. Consists of four main courtyards and the Harem which in Arabic language means…“a holy place that everyone is not allowed to enter”. It was converted into a museum in 1924 and declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4.000 small shops…..a huge labyrinth!!! It is well known for the beautiful Turkish carpets, the glazed tiles and pottery, the copper and brassware, the apparels made of leather,for the hand-painted ceramics, the embroideries, the fresh spices and herbs, the glittering jewellery and all sorts of other things. The complex houses also two mosques, four fountains, two hamams, and several lovely cafes and restaurants. Do your shopping at the market which attracts thousands of visitors every day!


Includes

  • Professional guidance (standard group tour in English-please ask for other languages)
  • Pick up and drop off to your hotel (Only from Sultanahmet and Taksim area)
  • Lunch in a local restaurant (vegetarian options are available)
  • Museum fees

Excludes

  • Everything unless indicated differently
  • Customary tip to driver and tour guide
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks

Notes

  • Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and assist to meet with your tour guide around 07:45 – 08:20 according to your hotel location
  • Duration of the Tour : approximately 9 hours
  • Caferaga Medresesi is closed on Mondays
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and replaced with Arasta Bazaar
  • Topkapi palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Basilica Cistern. The Harem Section is not included in the program because it requires extra time and fees

Available Departures

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Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Istanbul Classics & Ottoman Relics Tour by Walk.

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Guest reviews


  • 2015-10-30

    Book the Istanbul Sightseeing Tour with Yeliz. She was an excellent guide and would highly recommend her. As it was a private tour, she customized it to our needs. Old City and Grand Bazaar. In addition to visiting the sites, Yeliz included the history of the areas. This is the first time we've done a tour like this and to was an outstanding experience.

    It was over crowded

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