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Istanbul Classics Half Day Morning Tour

Fatih, Turkey
Istanbul Classics Half Day Morning Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Behold the magnificent Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque on this 3.5-hour small-group guided walking tour of Istanbul’s best monuments. You will delve into the complex culture of Istanbul as you discover its famous monuments intertwined history. Not only will you see the beauty of Hagia Sophia Museum and Blue Mosque, but explore the Hippodrome of Constantinople and the German Fountain. People are limited to 15 on this tour, so you can receive more personalized attention from your guide.
  • Admire beautiful Byzantine architecture inside Hagia Sophia Museum
  • Learn about Turkey’s close ties with Germany as you visit the German Fountain
  • Stroll through the Blue Mosque and hear tales of the extravagant Sultan who commissioned it to be built
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 15 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Departure Point

Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After you meet your guide beside Hagia Sophia Museum begin your 3.5-hour small-group walking tour by entering this architectural masterpiece. Follow your guide through this former Byzantine Christian Basilica and learn how it was converted to a mosque in the 15th century and then a museum about 500 years later. Admire the intricate details of Christian mosaics, relics and gaze up at the impressive columns and dome structure that will beg you take photos.

Next, leave Hagia Sophia and stroll to Sultanahmet Square to marvel at the German Fountain. As you observe water gush from this Neo-Renaissance fountain, hear how Germany’s General Emperor Wilhelm presented this gift to Turkey to symbolize the two countries longstanding solidarity.

Afterward, continue with a short walk to the Hippodrome of Constantinople, the epicenter of political and sporting life in Istanbul during Roman and Ottoman empire reign. Listen as your guide tells tales of raucous riots, exciting chariot races, and chaotic rebellions that once dominated this area. 

Finally, explore the famous Blue Mosque which was commissioned in the early 1600s by 19-year-old Sultan Ahmet to challenge the brilliance of the Hagia Sophia. As you wander with your guide, stare up at the six towering minarets and enjoy the grandeur of the immense dome that fills Istanbul’s postcard worthy skyline. Inside, walk along and capture stunning views of the blue Iznik tiles that cover the walls and ceiling. Then, snap a few close-ups of the elegant stained-glass windows that fill the mosque with vibrant colors. Step out of the Blue Mosque, and promenade back through this historic area to the beginning where your tour ends.

Note: On Mondays Hagia Sophia is closed and will be replaced with Basilica Cistern.
Stop At:  
Blue Mosque
Istanbul's first mosque with six minarets, dating back to 1616.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hagia Sophia Mosque
This amazing structure was first dedicated as a church by the Roman Emperor Justinian in the year 360.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hippodrome is the place where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
German Fountain
German Fountain was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sultanahmet Square
Sultanahmet Square is also called Atmeydanı ("Horse Square") in Turkish.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Women are required to wear a scarf to enter the Blue Mosque. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Istanbul Walks
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Istanbul Classics Half Day Morning Tour?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Classics Half Day Morning Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul Classics Half Day Morning Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Classics Half Day Morning Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul Classics Half Day Morning Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Classics Half Day Morning Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Istanbul Classics Half Day Morning Tour?
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
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Classics Half Day Morning Tour.

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44 Reviews

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Loved it!
, Oct 2021
My wife and I loved this tour, it is a great way to see the main historical sights in Turkey. Diana was the best tour guide we could ask for, she was friendly and highly knowledgeable, teaching us the intricacies and history of all the monuments along our path, and was also kind enough to take us to some of the best shops in the Grand Bazaar too. She really helped make our experience in Istanbul amazing, so big thanks to Diana for being a wonderful tour guide!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you for your kind words Hector. We are forwarding your review directly to Diana. As it means a lot for her, and for our motivation. Best regards
Informative and Well
, Oct 2019
Our guide was good, and gave us a lot of history and information. Appreciate it much. Wish there was more time given to stay inside Hagia Sofia.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Valued Guest, Thank you very much for your review. We are very glad that you are happy from our services. Unfortunately the time limit for this tour is limited and for this reason we are not able to stay more than scheduled. We hope to see you in the future in Istanbul and that you join one of our tours again. Sincerely, Atilla Tuna
Even a little away fromme the tourists
, Sep 2019
At First we drove with a little bus around the Hagia Sophia to collect all the people. It would easily be possible to meet there. The guide was great and the best was that we even visited the tombs of the Sultans.
Walking tour
, May 2019
Great tour with a knowledgeable guide who gladly and patiently answered our questions. A lot of fun!
Tour guide was knowledgeable and...
, Aug 2017
Tour guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. He showed me what I wanted to see and answered all my questions. Great company. I recommend them highly.
I purchased this tour, then the...
Melissa B
, Jul 2016
I purchased this tour, then the explosion at the airport happened and I was busy the morning of the tour making sure my flights were coordinated, so I missed the tour. I did end up seeing the sights solo later in the day, everything was pretty quiet and Istanbul is beautiful. I cannot rate the tour and guide as I didn't end up using them.
Excellent Good experience I...
Marguerite L
, Nov 2015
Excellent Good experience I recommand it
There were 18 people on this tour...
, Oct 2015
There were 18 people on this tour and the website promised no more than 15. We booked and had confirmation that we would be picked up from our hotel. This didn't happen until we phoned to see why we were still waiting. Half an hour after the booked time a guide arrived to take us to where the group had already started so we missed out on the first part of the information about the tour. The guide said he had not been given the information about us booking to be collected from our hotel.
I really don't like to leave bad...
, Sep 2015
I really don't like to leave bad reviews so I will start by saying our guide was fantastic. We were waiting promptly 10 min before the tour started like we were told. Waiting, waiting, waiting.... Nobody showed up. At 9:05 am luckily I had a local contact number and they said he will be there soon. Another 10 min went by and I called again. Finally another guy showed up and we had to walk pretty far to meet the group. It was very unorganized. There were other people waiting at a different location who were very upset and they didn't even end up doing the tour because they were late. Honestly I have had very good luck booking with Viator so this was a surprise it was so unorganized. This tour we took on a Sunday morning so you couldn't blame traffic.
Vey nice excursion with good...
, Sep 2015
Vey nice excursion with good organisation of pick up from hotel and easy entrance in the sites . The guide was the best , M Illkar kind, witty ,informative, knowlegeable, give the best of himself to enhance our visit , and he was very efficient , we will remind this visit for long time. The sites are amazing. Very good experience !!!!!

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