Half day Highlights of Istanbul tour
This private Istanbul tour (or Istanbul shore excursion if you are a cruise passenger) visits Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Hagia Sophia in the old town of Istanbul. It is the best tour option for first-time visitors who have only a short time in Istanbul.
Depart from your hotel, cruise ship or airport for an overview of the city of Istanbul which was the capital to two major Empires. Drive over Galata Bridge to the old town which was once known as Constantinople, continue to the Sultan Ahmet Camii, better known as the Blue Mosque, takes its nickname from the cerulean cast of its intricately tiled interior. Take a moment to view the impressive minarets that soar skyward. Then, remove your shoes at the mosque’s entrance and cross rich layers of carpet that have been donated by the Muslim faithful over the years. Next, we then step back in time a bit to the Hippodrome. Here we can imagine what life might have been like as locals traveled to see the chariot races at this famous sports arena. The area dates back to Egyptian times, and there are still relics of the past dotting this incredible area.
Later walk to St.Sophia Museum which was a mighty church at the center of Byzantine Constantinople. The building dates back to 535 AD and was built by Emperor Justinian. It was converted to a Mosque in 1452 and crowned with minarets. Today it is a museum carrying the signs of both faiths. See the largest cupola and fine Byzantine mosaics of the Church. Afterward, return to your hotel, cruise ship or airport to relive your memories of an unforgettable day in one of the world’s most exotic cities.
About Half day Highlights of Istanbul tour
The old town, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia
4 hours / 09:00 - 13:00 or 13:00 - 17:00
Blue Mosque is closed on Friday, Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday
We work with qualified tour guides, not ordinary. They are all expert storytellers. They enchant you with true history, not with hearsay legends. Would you like to feel yourself as a local, not a tourist, in Istanbul? If your answer is yes, our guides will be happy to be at your service. Meanwhile, all of our guides and our agency have a license from the Ministry of Tourism.
If this is not the Istanbul tour or Istanbul shore tour you are looking for, let's design a tailor-made program for you. We will gladly design your private Istanbul tour from 1 person to 100 people.
Would you like to combine your Istanbul tour with a private Istanbul airport transfer?
Prometheus Tour combine your Istanbul tour with an airport pick up and drop off. We can arrange you Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) transfer service