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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Experience Turkey’s Ottoman and Byzantine eras during this full-day guided Istanbul city tour in the Sultanahmet district. Aboard a comfortable coach, head to top attractions like Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and the UNESCO-listed museum Hagia Sophia. Witness the lively atmosphere of one of the world’s largest covered markets - the Grand Bazaar. Prior to lunch, enjoy engaging stories about sultans and their harems and other Istanbul lore from your friendly local guide.
  • Full-day Istanbul sightseeing tour with an expert guide and lunch included
  • Visit Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at its Ottoman and Byzantine architecture
  • Walk around the Blue Mosque and then visit Topkapi Palace
  • Pass top Istanbul attractions like the Hippodrome and the Golden Horn
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
Meet your guide at your hotel for pickup for your city tour. Hop into a coach and head to the neighborhood of Sultanahmet which is brimming with Istanbul’s finest attractions. Enter the iconic Hagia Sophia which was originally constructed as a church, then converted to a mosque and is now a must visit museum. Gaze at its magnificent architecture built in the 6th century and learn about its Byzantine and Ottoman influences. 
Next, follow your guide through Istanbul Hippodrome towards the Blue Mosque. On the way, see the epicenter of political and sporting activity during Ottoman Empire rule. Hear stories about the epic chariot races and riots that once took place here. Then, approach the Blue Mosque and marvel at the six towering minarets that outline Istanbul’s famous skyline. Continue into the mosque with your guide and admire its dome decorated with vibrant blue Iznik tiles which are connected to its etymology.
After leaving the Blue Mosque, stroll to the colorful and lively Grand Bazaar to witness this eclectic covered market. Explore frankincense-laden alleys with stalls and shops overflowing with Turkish rugs, intricate wares, and even tasty kebabs. Revel in the exciting atmosphere, but stay close to your guide as this hectic market can be difficult to maneuver. 
Break for a bite to eat at a restaurant before you voyage by coach to one of the largest and oldest palaces the world has ever known - Topkapi Palace. One of Turkey’s most important museums, see ancient relics and elegant artifacts. Walk through the beautiful courtyards that overlook the Bosphorus Strait and hear lore about sultans and the harems they once operated 500 years ago. Exit the palace and return by coach to your hotel where your tour ends.
Please note: Blue Mosque will be visited from outside on Friday mornings due to noon prayer. Grand Bazaar on Sundays will be replaced with authentic shops. Topkapı Palace on Tuesdays will be replaced with a tour to Byzantium, and Sultan Tombs on Mondays will be replaced with Little Hagia Sophia (St. Sergius & Bacchus). Hagia Sophia (Closed on Mondays; will be replaced with Undergournd Cistern).

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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D
, Mar 2018

I booked this whole day tour last week to have a guided one in Istanbul. Topeka museum is closed during Tuesdays and so we were brought to some old churches in the afternoon. The Chora Church, Bulgarian metal church of St Stephen, Chirch st George that belonged to the Orthodox and another church of the blessed Virgin Mary . The tour guides for both morning and afternoon trips are very learned.

M
, Nov 2017

Great tour with an excellent guide Umut. Learnt a lot about the city, the culture and the history. Rain played spoil sport and hence could not cover the Hippodrome. The organisers can include umbrellas on rainy days.

Umut was friendly, humourous and wise and spoke good English and Spanish. If possible, tours could be separated to only one of the languages without Umut multitasking.

Though lunch wasn't great, it wasnt bad either.

D
, Oct 2017

Great sights, great lunch, great guide

r
, Sep 2016

Wonderful. Saw most important sites very efficiently. Guide well informed and very pleasant. Info delivery by guide exceptional.

M
, May 2016

The long walks was well worth it and you get to have enough time to enjoy each place at your own pace.

C
, Dec 2015

We were very lucky to have the same tour guide for this tour, once again his knowledge about Istanbul was outstanding, we learned a lot and we are making plans to return to Turkey again.

E
, Sep 2015

enjoyed istanbul's major sights. knowledgeable guide Ike. will recommend to friends.

u
, Sep 2015

It was OK, but could have been better

N
, Sep 2015

This was a good tour to some interesting and famous attractions, but it was not the tour we had booked and paid for. The tour we booked included an afternoon at the Topkapi Palace, and this was confirmed in the tour information we received from Viator. However, we discovered on the day, that the Palace is not open on a Tuesday, and we would like to know how Viator allowed us to book this tour on a Tuesday. We would appreciate your comments on this, as we feel that we paid for something we did not get.
Secondly, although our Plan Tours guide was very knowledgeable, his English was not clear enough for a number of members of our tour group.
Finally, the post tour drop off took over two hours and included what seemed a lengthy diversion to somewhere in Beyoglu to drop off the tour guide before eventually returning to Sultanahmet. Surely the tour guide should have been the last person to be dropped off.
For these reasons, we cannot rate the tour more highly.

K
, Sep 2015

Very good tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Food was also quite good with vegetarian options. I would recommend this very much.


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