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  • Location:Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)
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

  • Full-day Istanbul sightseeing tour around the Sultanahmet neighborhood
  • Learn about Istanbul’s history as Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire
  • Visit six top Istanbul attractions with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Explore the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar
  • Refuel with a 3-course lunch at a traditional Istanbul restaurant in Sultanahmet
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people ensures personalized attention from a guide

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar

Marvel at the interior of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul!

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. Hagia Sophia will be closed on Mondays from (October 20, 2015). If your tour falls on any of these days, an alternate attraction (such as Chora Museum or another market) may be visited instead.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
First course:
  • Pastry stuffed with cheese or sausage, served alongside a seasonal salad
Main course (choice of one):
  • Turkish veal kebab
  • Grilled chicken
Dessert:
  • Specialty of the day
  • Seasonal fruit

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very well organized and great way to get the tour the whole city with all the Must see places in a day!!
The tour guides are very knowledgeable and provide you the history needed to understand the beautiful city built in layers of time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour guide is very friendly, knowledgeable and hospitable, I would recommend everyone be part of this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour. Prompt hotel pickup and return. Very knowledgable tourist guide, very professional and always counting the tour members to ensure no missing and giving ideas and advices. The tour could cover the most important tourist sites in Istanbul without much hurry. Well organized and well worthed every pinny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

It is a must see especially if you have a short time in Istanbul. Reasonable time overall to see places. Tour guide and lunch was excellent. Be careful with the Grand Bazaar for shopping because it is overpriced and the Turkish carpet/silks and not govern. It is done by a middle man and may be a fake from China. Bring a magnifying glass to inspect the item to make sure it is double knotted. All shops there expect a haggle. We got them down by 50. Best tactic is spend some time in the shop and if they don't give you the price walk out and then all of a sudden you will get your price.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent!!!!!! Very full day of walking and learning but definitely worth the . Our guide was exceptional, providing context, history, and extra free time when we wanted. Lunch was included and well worth it. The last stop at the Carpet place was not expected but the complimentary refreshment in and air conditioned showroom was a welcome break from the heat. Very well done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a most unbelievable experience. Our tour guide was absolutely amazing and very
knowledgeable. The lunch that was also included was very good.
I would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a fantastic day and our tour guide Gülay was excellent. We would definitely recommend this to anyone - a great way to see the whole of Istanbul. We did not have to queue anywhere and were given lots of information about the different places. Only thing to consider is that this is basically a walking tour of Istanbul so may not be suitable for older people/people with health problems. Drinks are not included in the meal package.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

very good trip and guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Pros: an amazing tour definitely worth it. Our guide gülay was helpful kind open and fun. She told us a lot about turkey and knew all the insider tips. The transport offers free water and although our hotel is on the outskirts and we are not in the list of pickup hotels the company still picked us up on time. We were only 6 people which was amazing. No waiting in lines either and you get to see everything and get free time in each place.
Cons: the food wasn't great and the drinks were not included, it would be nice to inform customers of that.
Keep it up

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Everything was in walking distance, so no bus rides. The sites were historically interesting and the tour guide was fantastic!

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