Istanbul Sightseeing Tour Including Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque and Sultanahmet

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 4 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Istanbul is a beautiful city, but it pays to know where to look. Join this 4-hour Istanbul tour for an insider's glimpse at the city’s unmistakable icons, as well as the hidden gems that make it so alluring. Haggle for goods at the iconic Grand Bazaar, marvel at the stunning Blue Mosque, and learn the history of Divan Yolu — the Old City’s historic main avenue — from your guide. Your tour also includes a visit to Istanbul's vibrant Spice Bazaar as well as a traditional Turkish tea.

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Led by a local guide

Get the most out of Istanbul on a 4.5-hour sightseeing tour of the city’s top spots and hidden gems with a local guide. Learn the best places to stop for snacks, savor coffee, and sip tea as you meander between sights.

Your walking tour begins with an exploration of the city’s ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races reigned supreme for centuries. From here, you'll pay a visit to Divan Yolu. Emperor Constantine mapped out this main thoroughfare of Istanbul’s Old City (now home to tea gardens and eateries as well as Ottoman mosques and intriguing shops) in the early 3rd century.

Next up is Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, internationally known as the first-ever shopping mall and home to an incredible array of approximately 4,000 shops. Wander through its backstreets, making a special stop at the book bazaar where Turkey’s first printed book was sold in 1729.

Continue on to the magnificent Süleymaniye Külliyesi, one of the city’s best-known sights. Marvel at the original Turkish baths — part of the larger mosque complex — and learn all about the traditional bathing ritual. Your guide will also provide local insight into Islam before whisking you off to try Turkish tea in a tea house, which offers amazing city views.

Then, it’s off to the Rustem Pasha Mosque, an Istanbul highlight. Rustem Pasha is Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan’s first octagonal-plan mosque, and its interior is covered with some of the most exquisite iznik tiles ever produced.

Your Istanbul tour wraps up in the colorful and vibrant Spice Bazaar. From here, your guide can direct you to a local lokanta (small restaurant) for lunch or provide additional tips on where to go in the city to make the most of your remaining stay. 

Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

IMPORTANT note: The Blue Mosque in Istanbul will be closed between 1st March - 15th May for renovation.  To compensate we will be visiting Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1572 (older than Blue Mosque) and location is here

Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tour of Sultanahmet, the Grand Bazaar and Book Bazaar
  • Tea at a local tea house
  • Visit to the Süleymaniye Mosque complex
  • Visit to Rustem Pasa Mosque

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Mosques have very strict dress codes. Women must wear long and loose clothing and ensure their arms, legs and head are fully covered when visiting. Men must cover above their knees and their shoulders. Otherwise you will be refused entry
  • IMPORTANT note: The Blue Mosque in Istanbul will be closed between 1st March - 15th May for renovation. To compensate we will be visiting Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1572 (older than Blue Mosque)
Departure Point

Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant


Departure Time

8:30 AM


Return Details

Spice Bazaar or Egyptian Bazaar in Eminönü Square. Your local guide can provide instructions on how to get back to your hotel, or you are free to continue your own personal exploration..

Voucher info

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

Duration

4 hours

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews

Ruvini W

01 May, 2019

I was lucky to have Beyza as my tour guide. she was wonderful and showed me around the old city. Bezya was knowledgeable and gave me a historical overview of the place. she was patient and gave me time to explore/ ask questions etc. I highly recommend this tour.

Mr W G M

26 May, 2017

Perfect tour for someone who had arrived three hours earlier after a sleepless overnight flight from Durban. Only two of us on tour along with our guide Ekrem. Leisurely and informative tour. Ekrem was relaxed and friendly. Off beaten track tea shop with panoramic view. Wow. Recommend.

Eddy M

06 Mar, 2017

We did this tour on our first day in Istanbul. Luckely for us, the small group was just my wife and I. We had a fantastic guide Tolga. We got so much information about the places we visited with him and many tips about what we could do the next days in Istanbul. This tour is highly recommandable, certainly on the first day in Istanbul.

carladuffoo

03 Jul, 2019

The tour was ok, visited two beautiful mosques however the tour of the grand bazaar was lacking. We literally just walked in one entrance and out the other. There was not much explanation of the history of the bazaar or about it's layout. We did however get a chance to go to the spice bazaar, which wasn't on the original itinerary, and purchased some spices, teas and Turkish delight.

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