Private Half Day Shore Excursion: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar From Istanbul

Duration: 4 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul

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  • 4 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Enjoy a 4-hour private shore excursion departing from Istanbul. This tour visits a variety of sites including the Byzantine Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Spend some time exploring Turkey's Grand Bazaar, which contains 40000 shops making it the largest covered market in Turkey. This guided tour includes port pickup and drop-off from the Istanbul Cruise Port.


  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

St. Sophia, one of the most magnificent Byzantine churches, and nominated the 8th wonder of the world by many historians.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Grand Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Grand Bazaar tempting souvenir-hunters with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery and leather.

Duration: 1 hour

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

Blue Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul. Dating back to the 17th century, this is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul and is also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets.

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Hippodrome, the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II.

Duration: 30 minutes

  • Professional tour guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • St. Sophia is closed on Mondays. Instead you will visit Underground Cistern. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar.
  • BLUE MOSQUE (SULTANAHMET MOSQUE) will be closed to the touristic visits between 01/03-15/05/2018 due to restoration work inside the mosque. Mosque visit will be kept but will be allowed to use the garden part only.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up central located hotels. If your hotel is outside of our city limits, we might need to apply a supplement. Please contact with us to check your hotel location before arrival.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


4 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 06 Nov 2019 -

Jonathan F

Only 60% cost of other tours. Excellent experience with delightful guide fully conversant in English. Although we did not ask to adapt the tour, we felt we could have within the 4 hour limit. Highly recommend

Image - 21 Aug 2019 -

Karen D

This private tour was excellent. Our guide Selcuk Ersan was very knowledgeable in answering our questions about Istanbul and Turkey. A van and driver transported us between sights. The sights were beautiful The Blue Mosque was closed on our day so we went to another Mosque which was breathtaking. The tour was at our pace with plenty of time at each sight and time to stop at stalls for a drink or to sample Turkish food.The tour finished at the Grand Bazaar and Selcuk showed us how to catch the public transport and recommended cafes and restaurants. We only had 2 days in Istanbul and this tour covered the tourist sights. I would thoroughly recommend this private tour.

Image - 21 Dec 2017 -

Setsen B

I had a wonderful half day tour with professional guide with deep knowledge of history and culture. Thank you,

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