Tour overview

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.

Included

  • Airfare
  • Local Transportation
  • Accommodations
  • Professional Guide

Not Included

  • Entrance Fees
  • Guide Gratuity
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Day 1- Our full Old Town Walking Tour.

f you have just 1 day in Istanbul your itinerary is going to be pretty full so we suggest that you stick the main historic sights. If you start early you can walk through the Hippodrome which is always open and get to the Aya Sophia when it opens at 9am. After Aya Sophia pop directly over the Blue Mosque which on most days the biggest gap in service times where non-Muslims can visit the Mosque is from around 9am-Noon. Keep an eye on your watch as there is still plenty to squeeze in. After the Blue Mosque visit Topkapi Palace visiting the Harem first. At least swing through the grounds after the Harem even if you are running too far behind to pop into the small museums. If you are making good time, swing by the Underground Cistern on the way to grab the tram to the Grand Bazaar. The big time to keep in the back of your mind is that the Grand Bazaar closes at 7pm so you want to get there by 5pm so you get there before the shops start closing. Either eat dinner at the Bazaar or at many of the great places on Restaurant Row.

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