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Take in haunting artwork, architecture and historic landmarks on a full-day Istanbul tour with admission to the Old City’s most iconic sites. Step into the time of Byzantine emperors and Ottoman sultans, and experience Turkey’s vibrant cuisine at a neighborhood restaurant. Get a taste of daily life in one of the city’s grand, sprawling markets, where you can practice your bargaining skills while browsing for bright carpets, spices and handicrafts.
  • Full-day tour of Istanbul with an experienced guide
  • Visit historic and religious sites
  • Get a great overview and orientation of the city
  • Choose a small-group tour for a personal experience
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
Meet an experienced guide in the heart of the Sultanahmet, or Old City, for an all-star day that includes the best of Istanbul. See 1,500 years of religious history and conflict in the Byzantine murals and minarets of Hagia Sophia, and learn how the 6th-century building went from church to mosque to museum.

Continue to the stunning Blue Mosque to find out why Sultan Ahmet I erected an unusual six minarets above the mosque’s gracious courtyard and 260 windows. Take in the exquisite detail of the 20,000 Iznik tiles that give the mosque’s interior a faint blue glow, then walk the broad paths of Hippodrome Square, once an arena for chariot races and sporting events.

Pause for lunch in a local café, where you’ll learn to eat and drink like an Istanbulite over a traditional meal, with time to talk about life in Turkey's most exciting city. Follow in the foots steps of sultans and courtiers at the sprawling Topkapi Palace, and hear stories of royal intrigue, harems and struggles for power.

Finish the day in one of Istanbul’s thriving markets—the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market are the two most historic markets in the city—where you can sip a cup of Turkish coffee, get tips on finding the perfect souvenir and browse hundreds of stalls overflowing with bright handicrafts, spices and antiques.
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