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Discover some of Istanbul’s finest views on a full-day, small-group tour of the city by cable car, cruise ship, underground tunnel and air-conditioned minivan. Get high above the Golden Horn at Pierre Loti café, and spot minarets, domes and waterside palaces on a scenic Bosphorus cruise. Link Istanbul’s Asian and European sides on the Marmaray Train, then explore historic fortresses, a pair of iconic mosques, an ancient cistern, Hagia Sophia and the monuments of Hippodrome Square.

Highlights

  • Full-day, small-group tour of Istanbul
  • Travel by cable car and sightseeing cruise for unique perspectives
  • Sample Turkish food at a local restaurant
  • Visit the historic sites of the Old City
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Great overview and orientation of the city

What You Can Expect

Best of Istanbul Tour

Informative, friendly and professional your guide

Meet your experienced guide at 8:30 in your Istanbul hotel or port for a full day of exploring the city by comfortable minivan. Enjoy aerial views of hillside neighborhoods and the Golden Horn as you ride a cable car to an atmospheric café named for writer Pierre Loti, a perfect spot for getting panoramic photos of the city.

Take in Ottoman landmarks, summer palaces and elegant pavilions on a sightseeing cruise of the Bosphorus, then go far beneath the surface on “The Marmaray,” a train that links the two sides of Istanbul by an undersea tunnel. Learn about the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman treasures that laborers unearthed as they worked to complete the tunnel.

Step into Istanbul’s dramatic history at Rumeli Fortress, a 15th-century fortification built by an iconic sultan, then visit the elegant Rustem Pasha Mosque before pausing for lunch at an atmospheric local restaurant. Descend into the 6th-century Basilica Cistern to learn how it protected the palace water supply, and why it was lost for hundreds of years. Take in a trio of iconic Istanbul sites: explore Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome Square before finishing the day at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Ling ML1004

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is one of the best tours Ive booked through Viator. Had a blast interacting with local Turkish people and learning about the beautiful Istanbul. I was picked up early in the morning from the airport hotel by a nice gentleman. He was very humorous and taught me a lot about the city so I wasnt bored at all during the hour in the car. We had a short break in his office in the old town before the tour officially started. I was greeted by a friendly lady in the kitchen and two other staff members - lovely people! Learning that I had not had breakfast, they immediately invited me to enjoy some apple tea and yummy Turkish pastry called börek. After breakfast, our tour guide Akin came over and picked me up to join with the other two people in a cozy van. Akin has a degree in History and speaks great English. He was full of knowledge and very patient to answer our questions. Thanks to him I learnt so much about Istanbul's history. All the places we visited were excellent. The tour was smooth and comfortable. Lunch was delicious! Highly recommend this tour and Akin!

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