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Discover The Old City of Istanbul In a Half-Day

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Şişli, Turkey
Discover The Old City of Istanbul In a Half-Day

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Overview

Discover ancient sites, religious landmarks and a vibrant Turkish market on a half-day tour of Istanbul’s Old City with a local guide that includes the Hippodrome Square, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Listen to engaging stories and fascinating history on a personal headset so you won’t miss a word, and get an overview and orientation that’s ideal for first time visitors to the city.
  • 4-hour tour of Istanbul's Old City
  • Visit historic and religious sites
  • Listen to your guide on a headset
  • Visit a colorful bazaar
  • Hotel or port pickup and drop-off included
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Live commentary on board
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Food and drinks
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus , Harbiye, Cumhuriyet Cd. No:50, 34367 Şişli/İstanbul, Turkey
8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide at your Istanbul hotel or port, and make the trip to the Hippodrome Square in a comfortable, air conditioned coach. Learn about the ancient games and races that took place on this spot during the era of ancient Roman emperors, and hear about the political movements and revolts that have raged across the public square.

Continue to the stunning Blue Mosque to see the intricate Iznik tiles that line its elegant domes, then explore Istanbul’s Christian heritage and history at the St. Sophia Museum in Hagia Sophia. Find out about the Byzantine-era basilica’s ground-breaking architecture, and follow its history through the twists and turns of Byzantine, Ottoman and modern-day politics.

Get a taste of daily life in Istanbul at the sprawling Grand Bazaar, where you’ll find traders from around the region and vibrant displays of perfume, spices, carpets and precious stones. Learn about the traditional art of Turkish carpet weaving, then finish the day with return transfer to your Istanbul hotel or port.
Itinerary
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Hippodrome
The Hippodrome of Constantinople (Greek: Ἱππόδρομος τῆς Κωνσταντινουπόλεως, romanized: Hippódromos tēs Kōnstantinoupóleōs) was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet Meydanı (Sultan Ahmet Square) in the Turkish city of Istanbul, with a few fragments of the original structure surviving. The word hippodrome comes from the Greek hippos (ἵππος), horse, and dromos (δρόμος), path or way. For this reason, it is sometimes also called Atmeydanı ("Horse Square") in Turkish. Horse racing and chariot racing were popular pastimes in the ancient world and hippodromes were common features of Greek cities in the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras.
Duration: 30 minutes
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Hagia Sophia Mosque
Hagia Sophia (/ˈhɑːɡiə soʊˈfiːə/; from Koinē Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, romanized: Hagía Sophía; Latin: Sancta Sophia, lit. 'Holy Wisdom'), officially the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque (Turkish: Ayasofya-i Kebir Camii Şerifi)[2] and formerly the Church of Hagia Sophia,[3] is a Late Antique place of worship in Istanbul. Built in 537 as the patriarchal cathedral of the imperial capital of Constantinople, it was the largest Christian church of the eastern Roman Empire (the Byzantine Empire) and the Eastern Orthodox Church, except during the Latin Empire from 1204 to 1261, when it became the city's Roman Catholic cathedral. In 1453, after the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire, it was converted into a mosque. In 1935 the secular Turkish Republic established it as a museum. In 2020, it re-opened as a mosque.
Duration: 1 hour 
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Blue Mosque
Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii), also known as the Blue Mosque, is an Ottoman-era mosque located in Istanbul, Turkey. A functioning mosque, it also attracts large numbers of tourist visitors. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes. It sits next to the Hagia Sophia, the principal mosque of Istanbul until the Blue Mosque's construction and another popular tourist site.
Duration: 30 minutes
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Kapali Carsi
The Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı, meaning ‘Covered Market’; also Büyük Çarşı, meaning ‘Grand Market’) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops on a total area of 30,700 m2, attracting between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. In 2014, it was listed No.1 among the world's most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors. The Grand Bazaar at Istanbul is often regarded as one of the first shopping malls of the world.
Duration: 2 hours 
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  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY TRAVELIUM
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Discover The Old City of Istanbul In a Half-Day?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Discover The Old City of Istanbul In a Half-Day?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Discover The Old City of Istanbul In a Half-Day?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Discover The Old City of Istanbul In a Half-Day?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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