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Istanbul Ottoman Heritage - Half-Day Afternoon Tour

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English
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At a Glance

4 hours (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

Description

See two top attractions from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Areas of Istanbul during a 4-hour tour with an informative guide. Marvel at the stunning Hagia... More
See two top attractions from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Areas of Istanbul during a 4-hour tour with an informative guide. Marvel at the stunning Hagia Sophia from the outside, the iconic Byzantine cathedral that is now a famous mosque. Then take time to absorb the grandeur of Topkapi Palace, which... More
See two top attractions from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Historic Areas of Istanbul during a 4-hour tour with an informative guide. Marvel at the stunning Hagia Sophia from the outside, the iconic Byzantine cathedral that is now a famous mosque. Then take time to absorb the grandeur of Topkapi Palace, which was the primary palace for the Ottoman sultans for several centuries. Hear about the history and significance of each building on a tour that includes transportation in a comfortable climate-controlled coach.

Highlights

  • Half-day Istanbul tour to Topkapi Palace
  • Visit two breathtaking sites listed in the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Historic Areas of Istanbul
  • Hear about Byzantine and Ottoman history from the knowledgeable guide
  • Includes entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off

What To Expect

Summary

After pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel, travel by climate-controlled coach to Topkapi Palace and Sultan Tombs, two crown jewels among the ancient city’s many stunning monuments.

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After pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel, travel by climate-controlled coach to Topkapi Palace and Sultan Tombs, two crown jewels among the ancient city’s many stunning monuments.

For about 400 years (1465-1856), Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans, who hosted state functions and lavish parties
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After pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel, travel by climate-controlled coach to Topkapi Palace and Sultan Tombs, two crown jewels among the ancient city’s many stunning monuments.

For about 400 years (1465-1856), Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi) was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans, who hosted state functions and lavish parties in the sprawling palace complex. Your guide shares this history as you walk around the grounds and see the collection of sacred relics, artifacts from the sultans and the gorgeous architecture of the palace. Tickets for the treasury and harem can be purchased on-site if you would like to visit those sections.

Continue to the Hagia Sophia, which dates to the sixth century and is one of the oldest still-standing churches in Istanbul. Catch sight of the outside of the Hagia Sophia, one of the most popular places to visit in the country, from the comfort of your vehicle as you ride.

At the end of tour 4-hour tour, your guide returns you to your hotel.

What's Included

Hotel pick-up by air-conditioned bus, though free pick-up is only at city center hotels
Licensed tour guide
Service charges and taxes
Food and drinks
Drinks
Gratuities
Visit to the Harem

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Centrally located hotels in Sisli- Osmanbey, Taksim, Karakoy, Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Aksaray, Laleli, Beyazit
Pickup from your hotel 12:15pm - 1:30pm dependent on your hotel location.

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that Topkapi Palace on Tuesday closed
  • Sultans Tombs on Monday
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that Topkapi Palace on Tuesday closed
  • Sultans Tombs on Monday are closed and is replaced with Little Hagia Sophia mosque (Küçük Ayasofya Camii).
  • Please note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties
  • This Tour not operated on Tuesday

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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The description of the tour on the...
Eri T
, Feb 2018
The description of the tour on the website and the actual tour were different. In the description, it was indicated that the tour will visit both Topkapi Palace and Hagi Sophia, however, the tour only visited Topkapi Palace. When we enquired with the guide, he just said that they had visited Hagi Sophia in the morning. When we enquired with the agency by e-mail, they just replied that all the tours, including those done by other agencies, have the same schedule, and afternoon tour only visits Topkapi Palace. However, if this is the case, tour description should clearly state that. We were very much disappointed by the response by the agency.

Product code: 8302P7