Istanbul, Turkey
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Overview

Discover Istanbul’s star attractions on a full-day walking tour, with a professional guide. Check out UNESCO-listed classics like the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, and gain insight into the luxury-laden lives and ostentation of the Ottoman sultans as you explore the vast Topkapi Palace. Admire traditional arts and crafts at a Turkish cultural center, break for a traditional 3-course lunch at a popular restaurant, and finish with time to scout the colorful stalls at the maze-like Grand Bazaar. The tour is limited to 14 people for a small-group atmosphere.
  • Full-day classic Istanbul walking tour, including lunch
  • Uncover Istanbul’s rich history as a hub of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires
  • Visit the Hippodrome, the site of ancient Constantinople’s sporting arena
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed Blue Mosque and the 6th-century masterpiece of the Hagia Sophia
  • Stroll around the halls and gardens of the Topkapi Palace, once home to the Ottoman sultans
  • Browse the chaotic Grand Bazaar and craft workshops at a Turkish cultural center
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures more personalized attention from a guide
Meet your guide at your European-side hotel or in central Istanbul, and set off to experience the city’s highlights while learning about its history.
See the Hippodrome, site of ancient Constantinople’s sporting arena, and visit the Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet I between 1609 and 1619. Admire the dome and minarets and behold the 20,000 interior blue Iznik tiles that give it its name.
Continue to the Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO-listed museum first built as a basilica in the 6th century and later converted into a mosque. Marvel at this architectural triumph and tour the interior, famous for its gold mosaics.
Next, explore the Caferaga Medresesi, a Turkish cultural center within a historical Ottoman building. Browse the craft workshops before relaxing over a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.
Afterward, visit the Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years. Explore the chambers and courtyards, and learn how the complex once housed 4,000 people and contained the sultan’s apartments, a harem, bakeries and a hospital.
Lastly, dive into the chaotic Grand Bazaar. Peruse the stall-lined corridors and negotiate the best deals with haggling tips from your guide. Your trip finishes back at your original start point.
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