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Historical Peninsula – Kaiser of the West & Sultan of the East

  • 21 stops
  • 60 min
  • English

Explore the Historical Peninsula of Istanbul with Piri Guide, your personal travel guide. Our location-based audio tours in İstanbul provide a unique experience that let you dive into the heart of the Historical Peninsula’s hidden secrets. 

Join us on an unforgettable journey through the Sultanahmet Garden, a serene oasis in the heart of the city. This green space offers a moment of respite and a chance to appreciate the beauty of the Sultanahmet Mosque and Hagia Sophia. We’ll come by the Fountain of Ahmet III, an elegant symbol of Ottoman artistry and The Caferaga Medressah, a place of learning and culture.The Street of the Council is a place where history comes to life. As you walk through this historic street, our guide will transport you back in time, sharing tales of council meetings and political gatherings.

The Hippodrome, once a grand sporting and social center, is now a place of historical significance. Our guide will share the stories of chariot races, triumphal monuments, and the events that unfolded in this ancient arena. We’ll also visit Sultanahmet, the heart of the Historical Peninsula. Lastly we’ll explore the Basilica Cistern, a romantic surprise hidden beneath the earth, is a subterranean wonder waiting to be discovered. 

Don’t miss the chance to embark on a journey through The Historical Peninsula, a place where every corner is filled with history, and every step leads to a new discovery. Piri Guide’s Üsküdar audio tour is your key to unlocking the hidden treasures of the city. Download the app!

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Tips 1Müzekart Advantage

With a Müzekart (which can be purchased at the entrance of Hagia Sophia), you can gain free access to over 300 museums and archaeological sites. This card provides an excellent way to explore Istanbul’s rich historical and cultural heritage.

Tips 2Hagia Sophia Hours

April to October: Hagia Sophia is open from 09:00 to 19:00, except on Mondays. This gives you ample time to explore this iconic monument during the extended opening hours in the summer months.

From November to December, Hagia Sophia is open from 09:00 to 17:30. It’s important to note the slight change in hours during the winter season.

Tips 3Basilica Cistern Hours

The Basilica Cistern is open for visitation every day from 09:00 to 17:30. This unique subterranean attraction is worth exploring while you’re in Istanbul.

Tips 4Turkish Currency

The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TRY). While credit cards are widely accepted, it’s advisable to carry some cash for smaller shops, local eateries, and transportation in case they don’t accept cards.

Tips 5Public Transportation in İstanbul

Istanbul’s public transportation system, including trams, buses, and ferries, is extensive and efficient. Consider purchasing an Istanbulkart, a prepaid card for transportation, to make your travel around the city more convenient and economical.

Tips 6Audio Tour Experience

For an uninterrupted and enjoyable audio tour experience, it is highly recommended that you begin the tour with your phone fully charged.


What is Piri Guide?

Piri Guide is a travel app designed to help you explore cities. Piri Guide maps out the best route for you, detects your location, and starts narrating the tales of each destination you explore. Not only will you immerse yourself in the local culture, but you’ll also receive recommendations for must-visit museums, hidden gems, shops, restaurants, and other attractions.

How to use Piri Guide?

Start by downloading the Piri Guide app from your device’s app store. After installation, open the Piri Guide app on your device. Register, browse through the audio tours and choose the one you’d like to explore. You can view details about each tour, such as its duration, highlights, and user reviews. Start the tour at its designated location, and you are ready to explore!

Can I use Piri Guide offline?

Yes, you can use Piri Guide offline. After selecting your desired tour, download it over Wi-Fi and listen anytime, anywhere, even without an internet connection.

Is Piri Guide free?

There are free and paid audio tours and stories available within Piri Guide. You can access all audio tours and stories with a Premium Subscription. You have the flexibility to choose the pricing option that best suits your travel needs.

How can I reach you?

You can reach us through the Quick Support section within the application. Open Piri Guide app, tap to “Help” and “Quick Support” button. Additionally, for any questions, suggestions, or feedback, you can also contact us at [email protected].

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