- Full-day eight-hour tour of Istanbul and its four main attractions
- Superb Blue Mosque
- Historic Hagia Sophia and its Byzantine mosaics
- Ottoman architecture and museums of Topkapi Palace
- Shopping in the Grand Bazaar
- Lunch included
- English-speaking guide
- Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on time return to your ship
Recent Photos of This Tour
Blue MosquePhoto by: gvs
RestaurantPhoto by: Weicheng G
Lunch MeetingPhoto by: Weicheng G
Tour guide with visitorsPhoto by: Weicheng G
The BosporusPhoto by: jwil43
Panorama from Topkapi PalacePhoto by: Joe F
USA, 12 2012
Old Istanbul from the Galata ...Photo by: donald b
Spice marketPhoto by: Craig N
Topkapi Palace GroundsPhoto by: Anonymous
Istanbul With Mosque in ...Photo by: Anonymous
Blue MosquePhoto by: Steven L
What You Can Expect
One of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.
Now a museum, Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, and was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Take a moment to linger here to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics. (closed on Monday)
The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. (closed on Tuesday)
In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world's largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. (closed on Sunday additional time will be spent at the other locations)
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Istanbul port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
We on Celebrity Reflection with an overnight stay in Istanbul. Since this tour was on our first day, there was no worry about not making it back to the ship. This compared well with excursions available from Celebrity, but this was almost half the price. We were a much smaller group and saw other traveler from our ship at many of the same places, but with a less personalized tour. Meeting location was easy to find. My only gripe was the carpet demonstration, which seems to be a part of every tour. It reminds one of the pressure sales for timeshares. None in our group bought a carpet.
Our tour guide was fantastic.