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See the best of Istanbul on this 1-day sightseeing Istanbul shore excursion. With the help of your expert local guide, spend your time at port in Istanbul exploring this world class city’s many highlights. This tour serves as an ideal introduction to this fascinating city that spans two continents and many worlds. After, you will return to your ship for an on-time departure.
  • Full-day eight-hour tour of Istanbul and its four main attractions
  • Superb Blue Mosque
  • Historic Hagia Sophia and its Byzantine mosaics
  • Ottoman architecture and museums of Topkapi Palace
  • Shopping in the Grand Bazaar
  • Lunch included
  • English-speaking guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on time return to your ship
Your 1-day Istanbul shore Excursion begins be disembarking your ship and meeting your local expert guide. Once you’re oriented, set off for the city’s main highlights. Take note, as you’ll learn lots of fascinating information from your guide about the former empires that have ruled this great city throughout the ages, such as the Roman and Ottoman Empires, and the former glory of Constantinople.

Blue Mosque:
Don’t miss one of the most important sights in Sultanahmet—as well as in the Islamic and Turkish worlds—the stately Blue Mosque. This Ottoman mosque is depicted by six iconic minarets and a large dome roof, making it one of visitor’s favorite photo backdrops, while culture lovers will also admire it for its prominence and reverence. Inside, hundreds of stained glass windows illuminate the large main room, adorned with more than 20,000 Iznik-style tiles.

Hagia Sophia:
Erected as far back as the 6th century, the Hagia Sophia, near the Blue Mosque, began as one of the biggest Christian basilicas in existence. But after the Ottoman empire took over Istanbul, it was transformed into a mosque. Today, however, in post-Ottoman Turkey, it is one of the most stunning museums in the country, if not the continent. Admire the intricate mosaics and tile-work, as well as it’s fascinating history. (closed on Mondays from October 20, 2015)

Topkapi Palace:
No palace in the world rivals Istanbul’s Topkapi, the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. Not only is it the largest palace in the entire world, it is also the oldest. Stroll the engrossing rooms, painted with detailed artwork. Snap a photo in the illustrious harem quarters, and admire views from buildings looking out over the Golden Horn. (closed on Tuesday)

Grand Bazaar:
As one of the largest covered markets in the world, no shopper will want to miss this highlight. The Grand Bazaar has been conducting continuous business ever since the 14th century. As such, its 58 colorful streets are lined with more than 4,000 storefronts. Keep an eye out for handmade jewelry, pottery, leather, and, of course the famous Turkish carpets. (closed on Sunday additional time will be spent at the other locations)

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
This trip ensures your on-time return to Istanbul's port. It is unlikely, but should your ship depart before your return, transportation will be arranged to your next port. Your money will be refunded if your arrival to the port of Istanbul is delayed. See the terms and conditions for details. 


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, Aug 2018

This was a fabulous tour but there were so many people in Istanbul that it was a bit overwhelming but the lunch was fabulous and the guide very knowledgeable.
Thank you for such a nice day.

, Feb 2018

A wonderful place to visit

, Nov 2017

This was a great tour. The guide met us at the ship and took us to all the highlights of Istanbul. He was very informative and was attentive to our questions and comfort. Lunch was nice and included. The grand bazaar was crowded and somewhat overwhelming but the items we bought were much cheaper there.

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, Nov 2017

wonderful tour,we saw so much in a day,would highly recommend this tour!

, Sep 2017

A neat way to cover the highlights of the city in a short time. The guide expertly took us through the city through various attractions avoiding the famous traffic jam. The only downside was that she allotted too much time in a obligatory carpet shop. We negotiated a shorter time there and visited a market instead.

, Nov 2016

Knowledgeable guide. Great experience

, Jul 2016

Wonderful tour. Omar was very professional and knowledgeable. He was aware when we needed a break. The sites were wonderful. I found the sites to be peaceful and inspiring.

, Jun 2016

The pick up from the port was simple. Ugur, our tour guide was a lovely young man who bent over backwards to make our tour exceptional. He included a visit to the Cisterns because we would not get to the Grand Bazaar as we needed to make it back to the ship on time. He also made sure we were picked up by one of their staff in plenty of time. Love Istanbul and the people were so lovely too.

, Jan 2016

Our tour guide was good and very knowledgeable with cleared explanation. The only comment I like to put was taken too long at the carpet demonstration ended up not enough time at the Great
Bazaar, we only stopped at the Turkish delight candy store, everywhere else was just fast pasted passing through.

, Dec 2015

This tour could have been more enjoyable, if the tour guide was more attentive.

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