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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)
This sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides the perfect introduction to the fabled city that spans Asia and Europe. On this shore excursion you will see how old meets new when you visit Istanbul's four "must-see" historic sites.


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Formally called Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital of the Roman Empire and Europe's wealthiest metropolis, and is now the largest city in Turkey.

Blue Mosque:
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.

Hagia Sophia:
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 Mondays from October 20, 2015)

Topkapi Palace:
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)

Grand Bazaar:
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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic tour, very well organised with an excellent guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Gullay Gunay was our tour guide and was excellent! She moved us around to where the queues were the smallest and even added in the tour of the ancient cisterns!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent representation, great support.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide was very knowledgeable and flexible with the schedule so that we minimized our time in line and maximized the sightseeing. Lunch was at a good restaurant down an alley with authentic turkish food. I wish I had more than 1 day to see this great city!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour in Istanbul was wonderful. Our guide took us first to the Grand Bazaar in the morning which meant we could explore without the large crowds later in the day. Our guide knew a lot of the history which was good because he did not n a lot of names but gave us straight history. He was was outstanding. Another ships passenger who were to be part of the group, did not arrive so there were just four of us and it was a private tour. The Blue Mosque is magnificent, the palace, its history and cultural told us so much that we would use the same Viator tour again. Highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It was a wonderful tour! Exhausting and hot, but the girl who led our group was flexible and tried to get us in
everywhere we asked her. She even bought us baklava at the end of the tour! Five stars for........I wish I could remember her name but you probably know already. Anyway, it was the tour on Sat. July 25!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Myself and my wife thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and took us to the main sites in old Istanbul. An even bigger bonus was that it was just the two of us, you cant ask for more than that!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fantastic. Our guide Guly was wonderful. Very informative, charming, friendly and funny. She ensured we got to see everything on the tour plus more. Gave us all fantastic advice. Made the tour. Was a small group so private attention given to us all

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Knowledgeable guide took us to all the major spots and provided lots of local interest.
Be prepared for dress requirements to get into Blue Mosque - very strict.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a very comprehensive, informative, and enjoyable tour. Our guide Cheran I believe was waiting for us as we came off our ship. She handled a mixed crowd, youngest being 7, with great grace and style, enlisting the 7 yr. old to be her helper. We visited Topkapi Palace, Haggia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar, with a stop at a carpet dealer thrown in. Lunch was included as well, good food and several choices. All in all it was a great way to visit a city new to us, and to capture some highlights.

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