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clock-o4 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Ottoman history at the Blue Mosque and the illustrious Topkapi Palace during this guided morning tour in Istanbul. See Istanbul’s most famous monuments and enjoy a visit to the Hippodrome once the heart of Constantinople.
  • Four-hour morning tour of Istanbul's most famous Ottoman relics
  • Hippodrome and Obelisk
  • Ottoman architecture and museums of Topkapi Palace
  • Shopping for bargain souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central Istanbul hotels
Meet your guide at your central hotel in Istanbul and begin your tour of the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Hop aboard your convenient ride and head to the Blue Mosque (also referred to as Sultan Ahmet Mosque) one of the premier attractions in Turkey and an important Islamic monument. Built during Ottoman rule under the direction of Sultan Ahmet, admire the six minarets that tower over the dome structure. Then, observe the main chamber’s 20,000 Iznik tiles that are illuminated by 260 windows.

Next, head to Topkapi Palace, the illustrious pinnacle of the Ottoman Empire. Visit one of the world’s oldest and largest palaces full of elegant chambers and heirloom treasures. Stroll with your guide and delve into the interesting history of this palace that sits along the coastline of the Golden Horn.

Continue from Topkapi Palace to the former heart and soul of Constantinople's sporting and political center, the Hippodrome. Learn about this lively area which for 500 years was home to Ottoman sports and even riots! Now a city park called At Meydanı (Horse Grounds), hear how it drew its name from former chariot races. Then, walk with your guide to the ancient granite Obelisk and discover how it was transported from Egypt to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in the late 4th century. 

Finish your tour with a ride back to your Istanbul hotel.

Please note: On Fridays the Blue Mosque will be closed until 2:30pm for prayer, entry will not be permitted and on Tuesdays Topkapi Palace is closed.

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M
, Aug 2018

Excellent. It was pouring the rain that day, but was still a very nice and excellent tour.

M
, Apr 2016

It was a bit rushed.

S
, Nov 2015

Tour guide could have been more engaging. Tour was an average standard, have been on better tours.

J
, Oct 2015

Excellent informative guide

L
, Sep 2015

Excellent guide providing very good information all along the tour

t
, May 2015

Great experience. This was a small group of 10, picked up on time and spent a half day in Istanbul. Great service from our guide gudyi and very interesting to visit the mosque and palace. Have a guide and tickets got us through the long lines easily. We would recommend this for anyone visiting Turkey.

h
, Sep 2014

We had a great guide who arrived promptly to pick us up and was very professional in giving commentary. We have been happy with Neon Tours in Turkey.

B
, Aug 2014

Tour was worthwhile to miss the queues and the tour guide was really informative

Z
, Jul 2014

This tour was great! The tour guide Sevilay was fantastic and informative..the pick up and drop off were perfect and it made life much easier in this busy crazy city..also skip the queues that you may spend hours in otherwise!!

S
, May 2014

We arrived in Istanbul late on Sunday. Unbeknown to us our hotel had been changed without us being notified so the tour group running your tour, had the wrong hotel for pickup on Monday morning. We tried both numbers you had given us to contact them but neither were answering on Sunday.. Early on Monday morning a hotel staff member phoned them for us and was told that our hotel was too far out for them to pick us up and we would have to make our own way to the pickup point in the old town half an hour away and pickup time was in half an hour's time.A very quick taxi ride at peak hour, 8am, got us there with minutes to spare. However, the bus did drop us off in the afternoon. The tour itself was wonderful and the guide excellent. Shirley


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