Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, Marmara, Istanbul
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  • 8 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

This 8 hours tour starts at Hippodrome Square continues to the Blue Mosque as one of the landmarks of the city. Then visit to the St. Sophia Museum, one of the most magnificent Byzantine churches. Continue to Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of the Great Ottoman Empire, today a museum holding large collection of porcelains and displaying holy relics. Proceed to Little Hagia Sofia and the Grand Bazaar, tempting souvenir-hunters with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery and leather, where the tour ends. Lunch in a local restaurant will be served during the tour.

Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Small-group tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Your tour starts at Hippodrome Square and covers the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II as the first stop. You continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the largest of Istanbul. It is one of the principal adornments on the skyline and also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Then you visit St. Sophia, one of the most magnificent Byzantine churches, and nominated the 8th wonder of the world by many historians. Continue to Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled but today a museum holding large collections of Japanese and Chinese porcelains and displaying holy relics. After Topkapi Palace, you will proceed to Little Hagia Sofia. The tour ends at the Grand Bazaar tempting souvenir-hunters with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery and leather. Lunch in a local restaurant and hotel pick up and drop off are included in the tour price.

Inclusions
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Small-group tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Lunch

Exclusions
  • Visit to the Harem in Topkapi Palace is not included (own expense)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • St. Sophia is closed on Mondays. Instead you will visit Underground Cistern. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays instead you will take a Bosphorus Cruise. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar
  • Passport name, number and country is required at time of booking for all participants
Departure Point

Centrally located Istanbul hotels


Departure Time

8:30am approximately
Please contact your local supplier to reconfirm your departure time

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.


Return Details

Centrally located Istanbul hotels

Voucher info

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

Duration

8 hours

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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Ayaz S

Guide was very knowledgeable. He gave a thorough historical background of all the places visited. He was very patient and friendly. Pick up was right in time. I would highly recommend this trip.

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Chee K

well paced, relaxed tour, great guide - know his history well, knows his sites well. Good introduction to all of turkish culture including turkish food.

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Daniel O

Our guide ,Saljuk, spoke very good English and very knowledgeable about the places we visited and overall was an excellent guide.

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Chrissy L

This was one of the best tours I've taken. Canan was our guide and she is very experienced, knowledgeable, and personable. Be prepared for a lot of walking, our legs were pretty tired the next day. All the historic sites are amazing, just make sure to dress appropriately for the Blue Mosque, and the lunch was delicious. I've already recommended this tour to others traveling to Istanbul.

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Taline H

If you're on a short visit, this is a great tour to see the main attractions and get a historic background of the city. Our guide Selcuk was amazing and extremely knowledgeable . In addition to the historic overview and highlights of turkish culture and tradtions, he made sure to give us all the tips and advice to make our stay in Istanbul enjoyable and comfortable. We had a very nice day. Lovely city... will be coming back to see a lot more

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Blue Mosque

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me and our tour gide

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view from the water

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my wife and the tour guide

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