- Culture & History
- The iconic spots of Istanbul: Imperial Gardens of Gülhane, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia
Constantinople to Istanbul tour invites you to discover the early civilizations of Istanbul such as Byzantium and Ottoman Empire. Tour starts with the fresh breezes of Bosphorus during the ferry ride and you walk to the Sirkeci Train Sation (of Orient Express) to Imperial Gardens of Gülhane.
Next stop is Topkapı Palace. Located on Sarayburnu (Seraglio Point), Topkapı Palace overlooks both the Marmara Sea and the Bosphorus Straight at historical peninsula of Istanbul. Topkapı Palace is the residential seat of 24 Ottoman Emperors (1453-1856) and it has many exhibiton halls, treasury section and also the Harem.
Hagia Sophia will be the next treasure to discover. The historical, architectural, religious and political iconic landmark of the timeless city serving Christianity for 916 years (537-1453) followed by 481 years of Islamic Era then converted into a musuem in 1935, lately in 2020 it is converted to a mosque again.
Who This Experience Is Good For
History lovers, anyone interested in Roman 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 and is a board member of IRO Turkish Guides Guild.
- Local guide Aydın.
- Ferry ride
- Anything not mentioned above
- Topkapı museum entry fee (320 TL)
Know Before You Go
- Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, hat for the sun, maybe backpack with water and snacks if you think you will need them
Minimum To Operate
Deadline To Book
5 days prior to the start of the experience