Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul

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


Discover the main highlights in Istanbul’s old town during this small size full day tour with an expert tour guide. Visit old town, the Unesco world Heritage sites, see the acknowledged archaeological and natural monuments, unrivalled artifacts during the tour and will enjoy the privileges that we will gladly arrange for your utmost pleasure to explore the Turkish way. This tour runs everyday 09:00 – 17:00 and there will be 1 – 10 people in the group.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

Our accredited guide will assist you to enter the mosque and will give you all the detailed explanations about the world famous historical building.

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Our accredited guide will accompany you during your visit and will give you all the detailed explanations about the bazaar.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hagia Sophia, Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Our accredited guide will assist you to enter the mosque and will give you all the detailed explanations about the world famous historical building.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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

Our accredited guide will give you all the detailed explanations about all the historical monuments in this square.

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Our accredited guide will assist you to enter the museum with prepaid ticket and will give you all the detailed explanations about the palace.

Duration: 2 hours

  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace

  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Airport pick up and drop off (additional fee)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please Note:Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Underground Cistern. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will also be replaced with Underground Cistern.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 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
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Depends on hotel's location, sometimes we can't use vehicle since vehicles are not allowed in some parts of old city.


  • Galataport
  • Sarayburnu

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 1/1/2019 - 6/30/2022

Monday - Sunday:08:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Voucher info

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


8 hours

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

User's Reviews

Mikhail Sebastian

21 Apr, 2021

Absolutely incredible tour full of history and rich culture. Great tour guide Ozlem. She was incredibly nice, knowledgable, pleasant to be with and gave me the whole explanation of Haiga Sofia cathedral, Blue Mosque including tour to the carpet museum and delicious turkish delights. I have learned a lot from Ozlem about history of Istanbul and Ottoman Empire. I recommend this tour to anyone. Thank you very much.

Naushad S

07 Apr, 2021

Ozlem's style of taking time to explain the key historic facts through the lens of a story teller were both captivating and engaging.

Having been on similar tours in Istanbul over the last two decades, I thoroughly enjoyed this one, not only to serve as a reminder of what this great city has to offer, but to re-live the path of the sultans, clergy and soldiers that passed through here over the last two thousand years!


19 Feb, 2021

This trip was in the midst of the pandemic so your mileage may vary.

When you say “small group” tour, it’s really was just me lol. My tour guide Semih messaged me about 30 min before the meeting time that he was there, but that I can take my time as it was just me.

We walked down the street to the hippodrome, followed by the Blue Mosk, Hagia Sofia, and onto Topkapi palace. He was very knowledgeable about the history and the culture with excellent command of English and gave me perspectives that cannot be obtained from a guidebook or an audio tour.

We grabbed lunch then went Onto the Grand Bazaar then the spice market where we ended the tour.

I would highly recommend the tour, especially early in your course of stay in Instanbul as he can point you to other attractions in town besides from the highlights in Sultanahmet area.

michael k

13 Oct, 2020

Great day tour of Istanbul with tour guide semih kzk, he is very knowledgeable, intelligent, helpful, I learn alot from him he was GREAT,, tour around Istanbul to see to most important sites like hagi sophia and blue mosque was a dream come true I am very greatful to tour guide semih and city tour of Istanbul was GREAT.

Zain Ahmed

06 Oct, 2020

Amazing tour guide, very freindly and amazingly helpful throughout the trip. Was really good as it was basically a private tour even though we paid for a group tour.

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