Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul
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  • 8 hours
  • Istanbul
  • 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.

Highlights

  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Hotel pickup included

Start your day with a pickup from your European-side hotel or alternatively, meet your guide at a central meeting point. Before departing by coach, listen to a brief breakdown of your day. The sequence of your itinerary is subject to change, so certain attractions (as detailed below) may be visited in a different order. Lunch at a traditional restaurant is included halfway through the day; see the Itinerary for a sample menu.

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.

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. 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.

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, 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.

The final attraction included in your tour is the 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.

Your tour finishes with a drop-off at your European-side hotel or in central Istanbul.

Please note: The Grand Bazaar will be closed on Sundays and Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. If your tour falls on any of these days, an alternate attraction (such as Chora Museum or another market) may be visited instead, Topkapi Palace (Closed on Tuesdays; will be replaced with Istanbul Archaeology Museum). You may visit the Basilica Cistern or Nakkas Cistern.

Sample Menu:

First course:

• Pastry stuffed with cheese or sausage, served alongside a seasonal saladMain course (choice of one):

• Turkish veal kebab
• Grilled chickenDessert:

• Specialty of the day
• Seasonal fruit
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch - 3-course lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties
  • 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
Departure Point

Your European-side hotel or a meeting point (advised on reconfirmation) in central Istanbul


Departure Time

9:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm

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 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Margaret H

Would highly recommend. All the main places of interest are within walking distance and our guide was excellent - very attentive and informative.

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Glenn S

Furkan Sari was an amazingly caring and knowledgeable guide who made the day totally stress-free and interesting. One of the best tours we have experienced with variety, information, scenery, history, and a tasty lunch.
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Enriqueta P

I enjoyed this tour very much! First of all, the pick up from my hotel was on time. Hakan, our guide, provided us just very useful information about the places we visited. He accomodates questions from everyone and gave us enough time to explore the places on our own. He also has a good sense of humor which made the tour more fun.

In addition, lunch food was really good I think this is particularly important info as some lunch tours just put you in a questionable restaurant and serve you with orinary kebab.

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Lakith L

This was one of the best city tours we have taken. Our guide Sevilay was outstanding, and very knowledgeable on history of Istanbul that she was eager to share. We only had two of us, and another couple on the tour that made this almost a private tour. The tour covers all the important spots in old town, and avoids the long lines if you were going on you own. Haiga Sofia had at least a 30 min line and we just walked in with our guide.

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Stuart P

My brother and I had very limited time in Istanbul so chose an all day tour of main places of interest. This tour covered all our needs. We were picked up at our hotel and enjoyed the company of 9 other people
Sevilay, our guide, was very informative and also great fun. Ask for her on this tour. I recommend this tour if you want to jump all the lines and see all the main sites in one day. Thanks again Sevilay(spelling?)

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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