Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkish Aegean Coast, Bodrum
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  • 8 hours
  • Bodrum
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Visit six top Istanbul attractions in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city! The action-packed day includes a comprehensive tour of the historical Sultanahmet neighborhood where many of the city’s finest architectural legacies and landmarks are found. Visit the Blue Mosque and museums of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, as well as Istanbul Hippodrome, the sunken palace of Basilica Cistern and the dazzling Grand Bazaar. A delicious 3-course lunch is also included halfway through the day.

Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour ensuring a personalized experience.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

Continue through Istanbul Hippodrome, seeing the granite Egyptian obelisk that was gifted to the city, and hear how the site once represented the hub of the city’s sporting and political life. After stopping for photos.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Head to the Blue Mosque to marvel at its six minarets and the thousands of Iznik tiles that cascade a sea of blue over the building’s interior. One of the finest examples of classical Ottoman architecture, the mosque was built at the bequest of Sultan Ahmet I who demanded a mosque to rival the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Both a church and a mosque in its past life, Hagia Sophia (or Aya Sofya) is now a UNESCO-listed museum that showcases Ottoman- and Byzantine-era artifacts. Browse the interior’s architecture and historical exhibits with your guide, and then continue to Topkapi Palace.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Like Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace now exists as one of Istanbul’s premier museums, home to a collection of ornamentation that once belonged to the city’s 15th-century sultans and harems.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkey

Might be replaced with Serefiye Cistern. Visit Basilica Cistern — Istanbul’s ‘sunken palace’ — a site that famously featured in the James Bond movie From Russia with Love. The site is one of the largest of the city's ancient cisterns that lie beneath the ground.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Istanbul Handicraft Center, Nuruosmaniye Caddesi No: 32 - 54 Cagaloglu, Istanbul 34120 Turkey

You'll have chance to see carpet making demonstration.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kapali Carsi, Kalpakcilar Cad. Sorguclu Han No: 22, Istanbul 34126 Turkey

Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s most famous souks. Comprising nearly 60 streets and thousands more shops, the bazaar can be overwhelming. Let your guide introduce you to its colorful (if chaotic) highlights, and shop for jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and more.

Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch - 3-course lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Cover ups and head scarves are provided at the Blue Mosque
  • Guests must call 24 hours in advance for pick up times
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Blue Mosque may be replaced with Suleymaniye Mosque or Rustem Pasha Mosque on fridays due to pray times
  • Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


Departure Time

9:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Afra_Q

16 Jan, 2022

Guide was terrible she didn’t explain any history of the city took us to mostly those places where she gets commissions from the store like carpets and jewelry etc total rip-off!!

stergios_p

02 Nov, 2021

it was a perfect experience and our guide ali was excellent with a lot of knowledge, he helped us a lot and explained everything to us about all the monuments we visited. a unique experience, it is worth experiencing.

Betel_Y

21 Oct, 2021

Loved this tour and it was a great way to start our time in Istanbul. You see many main sites and our guide Seckin was very knowledgable (also went above and beyond with food recommendations for us). We had the perfect amount of free time. Hit all the highlights. Had a great lunch. Overall an excellent experience.

Nancy_H

17 Oct, 2021

Our guide, Sercet was knowledgeable and delightful. He had a great sense of humor and made history come to life for us. The mosques, palace, tile museum, rug shop and grand bazaar were all wonderful.

William_B

08 Oct, 2021

Our guide was excellent. He had a PhD and truly knew his stuff. He was very personable and attentive. We chose to do it all on foot. We were able to make better use of time that way and have more time seeing and less time getting from place to place. The lunch was superb. The best street food we had in Istanbul. I am a travel agent and can strongly recommend this tour.

User's Picture Gallery

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Istanbul

Beauty at the blue mosque

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Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque, Hippodrome

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Inside the Blue Mosque

Beautiful interiors comparable to the Alabaster Mosque in Egypt

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The Blue Mosque

The wonder that is the Blue Mosque.

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Visiting the Blue Mosque

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Inside the Blue Mosque

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Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

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Grand Bazar in Istanbul

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Blue Mosque

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View from Topkapi

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hippodrome

hippodrome

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Inside the Grand Bazaar!

Inside the Grand Bazaar, where again we were allotted enough time to shop on our own!

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Fun Time In Istanbul

Our Group Including Our Fantastic Guide 'Gulay'

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View From Topkapi

Amazing view from the Topkapi Palace

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Topkapi Palace

Entrance for Topkapi palace

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Entering the Grand Bazar

Carol just waiting to start shopping....

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Medallions at Hagia Sophia from Underneath

Medallions at Hagia Sophia from Underneath

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Medallions in the Hagia Sophia

Medallions in the Hagia Sophia

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Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

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Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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Blue Mosque

Enjoying the view and sunshine

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

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cistern

Under the old city are cisterns. Walk through and see Medusa.

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Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque from between the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque

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