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What can we do in Old City Istanbul in a day?

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What can we do in Old City Istanbul in a day?


  • Let's take a walking tour of Istanbul's Sultanahmet, the heart of the Old City, both Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.
  • Your first stop will be 1500 years of Hagia Sophia with its large, gilded dome. It is a fascinating place with its world heritage and rich history.
  • Then walk to the Blue Mosque with its six minarets. It is one of the best preserved examples of Ottoman architecture built for Sultan Ahmet I in the 17th century.
  • Continue to the Istanbul Hippodrome, where epic car races were once held and also the center of Byzantine life for a thousand years. Let's visit the German fountain and other columns in the Hippodrome square.
  • Let's go to the Basilica Cistern. Water reservoir of old Istanbul. You will surely be interested.
  • Stop at the historic Caferaga Madrasa to learn about traditional crafts and music before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant.

Lunch in the Traditional Turkish Cuisine

  • For lunch, we recommend you to go to the Historical Sultanahmet Meatballs Restaurant (Tarihi Köfteci). This place, which is famous for its very delicious meatballs, is affordable in prices. 
  • Your stop after the meal is the 400-year-old house of the Ottoman sultans, Topkapı Palace famous for its harem.
  • Finally, let's visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and most famous indoor markets in the world. It is absolutely fascinating with its air and mistic scent.
  • Your one-day old city Istanbul walking tour, where you can walk from 9:00am to 6:00pm, ends here. We hope you will be satisfied, we wish you a good holiday.
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