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Explore the many renowned sites of Istanbul on this small-group, half-day tour of its historical landmarks. Enjoy comfortable transportation in a plush Mercedes minivan. Travel in style with you expert guide to the enchanting Dolmabahçe Palace, then venture to other city highlights, like the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, the Spice Bazaar, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, and the Jewish quarter known as Balat. Throughout the day your guide will educate you on the rich history of this unforgettable city. To ensure a quality experience, this group is limited to 14 people. 

Highlights

  • Half-day Istanbul art and history tour, led by an expert local guide
  • Learn about the city’s fascinating history, from the Byzantine era to the present day
  • Enjoy tours of Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Rüstem Pasha Mosque and the Spice Bazaar
  • Explore Balat and see the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate, home to the head of Turkey’s Greek Orthodox Church
  • Travel around Istanbul by luxury, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people ensures personalized attention from a guide

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul Small-Group Tour Including Dolmabahce Palace and Luxury Transport

Explore historical mosques and palaces on an afternoon tour of Istanbul!

Your small-group Istanbul city tour kicks off with with a fashionable pickup by Mercedes minivan from your central hotel located on the European side. Strap into your luxury air-conditioned vehicle and let your local guide inform you of Istanbul’s fascinating history. Hear of the storied Byzantine and Ottoman empires as you cruise through the city en route to the trip’s first stop.

Once at Dolmabahçe Palace, one of the Ottoman Empire’s final architectural projects, follow your guide inside the opulent building. Learn about the classic Ottoman and Neoclassical style apparent throughout and hear of its history as you stroll beneath grand chandeliers and intricate décor. 

Next, venture to Beyoğlu, Istanbul’s neighborhood where artsy meets cosmopolitan. Orient yourself at the renowned Istanbul Modern Art Museum, where a restored warehouse contains an impressive collection of contemporary Turkish artwork. Follow your guide through two stories of exhibits as you listen to the historic relevance of such works of art. 

From there, stroll the Jewish quarter of Balat, as your guide whisks you past the fascinating Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate where the ceremonial head of the Greek Orthodox Church is based, and other points of interest. Before your tour ends, the Rüstem Pasha Mosque is not to be missed. Brace your camera for a beautiful interior and intricate tiles, a fine example of Istanbul’s stunning Islamic architecture. Enjoy one last stop at the famed Spice Bazaar, where your nose will lead you through the smells of Turkish cooking, before your tour ends and you bid farewell to your guide. 

Customer Reviews

Aman G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A Super Fantastic Experience We Had In Istanbul. Our Tour Guide Gulay Was Just Brilliant!!! Very Knowledgeable, Which Made This Tour A Big Massive 10/10

Jeanette D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a great time. The palace is beautiful!

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We enjoyed the small-group tour! Tour guide extensive knowledge added greatly to the tour!

Edwin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent tour. There were only the two of us with a guide. He was knowledgable and had good English.

Cheryl P Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide, Tibet, was enthusiastic, well informed, and lovely to deal with...everything you could ask for from a tour guide. We talked, we laughed and we learned. The Dolmabahce Palace and grounds are stunningly beautiful and not to be missed. The only place that we have ever seen to favourably compare it to is the Palace of Versailles. Tibet also skillfully guided us through the Modern Art Museum and a beautiful little mosque and a Greek Orthodox church. This tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. I also must mention how important it was to have a luxury air-conditioned van, with a very skillful driver in heavy traffic, on a hot Autumn day. I would highly recommend this tour package.

Nigel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a highly enjoyable afternoon tour, and as we were the only two people on it, we had the undivided attention of our guide. She was extremely knowledgeable and spoke faultless English. The highlight of this tour was undoubtedly the Dolmabahce Palace, which is a stupendous building, full of the most beautiful ceilings and tiles, enormous chandeliers and staircases with amazing glass banisters. We also visited the Istanbul Modern art museum, which was well worthwhile, as the art is very well presented, and the Rustem Pasha mosque, which is an absolute gem with the most perfect blue tiling, and incredibly peaceful despite being very near the very busy waterfront in Eminonu. This was a superb tour and not to be missed.

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The guide was very knowledgable about the various locations. She was professional and friendly. The Dolmabahce Palace must be seen to be believed. Gorgeous European Palace! Greek Orthodox Church and Pasha Mosque were also beautiful. Enjoyed this tour immensely.

Warren G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The best half day tour I have ever taken anywhere in the world. The palace was spectacular. A
balanced tour including a mosque, church and Istanbul's Museum of modern art. Our tour guide was exceptional. This tour takes you to Istanbul's hidden secrets.

Diane T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour guide arrived early and she spoke very good clear English. She was very informative touring the Palace and afterwards since we were the only 2 in group we got to choose where we wanted to go for the next 2 hours. One of the highlights was the Spice Market and she made very good recommendations. When the tour was over she took us to the rail and helped us get on the correct one. She made the tour

Saba M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

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