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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 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Best way to try to see everything in one day. Lunch included at Omar Cafe choice of meat or vegan/vegetarian, drinks cost extra. No high pressure carpet sales pitch at the end, like some other tours.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour guide was really knowledgeable and made our excursion and visit to Istanbul very enjoyable and fun!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide, Gulia, was absolutely fantastic, so informative from the minute she collected us from the cruise port. We were a small group of 8 on a minibus which was a great number-everyone feeling included and given the opportunity to ask any questions throughout the day. She have us the option to visit the cistern when we all said that we would like to go even though it was. It on the original schedule. all in all it was a fantastic day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I would give this tour a 10

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Your tour Guide in Istanbul Mr. UGRU was very good !!! We only had a few hours to visit the monuments and he made all the efforts so that we could saw everthing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

See my review of Kusadasi Private half day Tour. It seems nothing changes. Tour guide gets 5 stars administration gets 0 stars. Having had to wait an hour two days previously because the agent had messed up on pick up times for a private tour this time the tour guide was waiting in the wrong port for us. The implication was that because our ship had docked in a different place than usual that it was our fault ! Really poor start again but rectified by a fantastic tour of all the highlights and more with great commentary throughout. A small group of 8 ensured full attention from the guide throughout.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

An amazing tour that included everything you want to see in Istanbul. Gokhan, our guide, spoke perfect English and gave us wonderful information about the places we visited. He picked us up from the ship with a van that looked like a limo. There were only 6 of us on the tour. The lunch was delicious. I definately recommend this tour over the ship's tour.

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