- Culture & History
- The iconic spots of Istanbul: Imperial Gardens of Gülhane, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet Square (hippodrome)
We invite you to delve into the architectural masterpiece of East Roman (Byzantine) World, the mighty Hagia Sophia and Imperial seat of the Ottoman Empire, Topkapı Palace. Tour starts with the fresh breezes of Bosphorus during the ferry ride and you walk you thorough the Sirkeci Train Sation (Orient Express) and Gülhane Gardens to reach Topkapı Palace located majesticaly at the tip of historial peninsula overlooking both the Marmara Sea and the Bosphorus Straight.
Topkapi Palace was the residencial and administrative center of of 24 Ottoman Emperors (1453-1856) covering 125 acres. As a palace musuem today it displays a priceless collection of the classial Ottoman Era like the council room, imperial kitchens, armory, watches and clocks, Topkapi Dagger, 86 carat Kasikci diamond, palace library as well as sacred trusts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Hagia Sophia will be the next treasure to discover. The historical, architectural, religious and political landmark of the timeless city served Christianity for 916 years (537-1453) followed by 481 years of Islamic Era. It was converted into a musuem in 1935, lately in 2020 back to a mosque again. With its 56 meter high (181 feet) high central dome it was the largest structure on earth for 9 centuries.The main part of the tour will end by visiting Hagia Sophia but there will be an additional (optional) sightseeing around Sultanahmet Square (hippodrome of Byzantium).
Who This Experience Is Good For
History lovers, anyone interested in East Roman (Byzantine) and Ottoman history.
Easy, no experience necessary.
Meet Our Local Host
Aydın Kudu is a distinguished tour guide and a travel expert, photographer and documentary film maker. He is National Geographic’s local expert. When writers, photographers or filmmakers work in Turkey he guides them, interpreting Turkey’s culture, history and language. He has been an active tourist guide in all over Turkey since 1987.
8:00 Meet at Kadıköy Pier for Eminönü
8:15-8:45 Ferry ride to Eminonü
8:45-9:15 Sirkeci Train Station and Gülhane Gardens
9:30-11:15 Topkapı Palace
11:15-11:30 Walk to Hagia Sophia
11:45-12:30 Hagia Sophia
- Local guide (Aydın Kudu)
- Topkapı museum entry fee
- Harem entrance fee
- Anything not mentioned above
- Comfortable clothing and shoes, sunhat, a light backpack with water and snacks
Minimum To Operate
Deadline To Book
5 days prior to the start of the experience