Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour ensuring a personalized experience.
- 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 or Nakkas 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
Recent Photos of This Tour
- IstanbulPhoto by: Jose Antonio G
- Blue MosquePhoto by: Prabhu M
India, 03 2010
- Inside the Blue MosquePhoto by: Raymond G
Philippines, 12 2009
- The Blue MosquePhoto by: Anonymous
- Topkapi PalacePhoto by: Rajni P
- Entering the Grand BazarPhoto by: Eini D
Canada, 06 2015
- Medallions at Hagia Sophia ...Photo by: Eric M
- Medallions in the Hagia SophiaPhoto by: Eric M
- Blue MosquePhoto by: Eric M
- Blue Mosque, IstanbulPhoto by: carmen29
- Blue MosquePhoto by: Mark K
- Hagia SophiaPhoto by: js839
- cisternPhoto by: Kim N
- Blue MosquePhoto by: NIKHIL B
- Hagia SophiaPhoto by: NIKHIL B
- Blue MosquePhoto by: Karen S
- Selfie with the great tour ...Photo by: Koko
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- 2010.jpgPhoto by: Dario M
- 2001.jpgPhoto by: Dario M
- 1999.jpgPhoto by: Dario M
What You Can Expect
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, Topkapi Palace (Closed on Tuesdays; will be replaced with Istanbul Archaeology Museum). You may visit the Basilica Cistern or Nakkas Cistern.
- Pastry stuffed with cheese or sausage, served alongside a seasonal salad
- Turkish veal kebab
- Grilled chicken
- Specialty of the day
- Seasonal fruit