Istanbul, Turkey

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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
ticket-oMobile ticket
commentOffered in: English

Overview

Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s six best sights on this guided full-day tour. Fit all of the attractions at the top of your bucket list into one packed day, with the help of an expert local guide. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, brimming with iconic buildings and storied streets. Tour the Blue Mosque, one of the most important sites in the Muslim world. Delve into history of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Istanbul Hippodrome as well as the sunken palace of Basilica Cistern. And you won’t want to miss the and the bustling Grand Bazaar or savory 3-course lunch. This tour is limited to 14 people to ensure a quality tour experience.
  • Full-day Istanbul sightseeing tour around the Sultanahmet neighborhood
  • Learn about Istanbul’s history as Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire
  • Visit six top Istanbul attractions with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Explore the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Istanbul Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern or Nakkas Cistern and the Grand Bazaar
  • Refuel with a 3-course lunch at a traditional Istanbul restaurant in Sultanahmet
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 14 people ensures personalized attention from a guide
Your action-packed full-day Istanbul sightseeing tour begins with a pickup from your European-side hotel or by meeting your guide at a central location. Start with a brief orientation to the day ahead and then set off in your comfortable coach to your first destination. Keep in mind the order of places may change from what is described below. 
Venture to the Blue Mosque, one of the most stunning sights in Istanbul. Admire its six signature minarets and many ornate Iznik tiles that come together to form its dazzling blue walls. Listen as your expert guide tells you about the fascinating history of this Ottoman-era mosque. Then walk to the Hagia Sophia, an UNESCO-listed museum that was once a church and a mosque.
Next, stroll over to Topkapi Palace, a crown jewel of Istanbul. Explore its intricate corridors and intimate rooms where sultans once entertained elite guests—and were entertained by their harems. Your guide will point out interesting bits of backstory to the rooms, bringing to life this ornamental palace and museum. Midway through the day, break for a traditional Turkish lunch (see Itinerary section for sample menu). 
Move on to the Hippodrome, where you can admire a granite Egyptian obelisk that was a gift to Istanbul. At one point, this location marked the epicenter of the city’s sports life and also served as a political center. Then it’s on to Istanbul’s sunken palace, the Basilica Cistern, one of the biggest ancient cisterns in Istanbul. Follow your guide as he tells fills you in on the history of these historic places. 
Your final stop is also one of the most iconic: the Grand Bazaar. Stroll through its colorful alleys, more than 60 in all, in awe of the crafts, smells, sounds and sights. As one of the most famous souks in the world, you won’t want to miss this. Duck into leather, jewelry and ceramic stores as well as spice stalls and other unique outlets. Say hello to the friendly local shop owners and craftspeople. After, bid farewell to your guide and the rest of your group when you tour concludes with a convenient drop-off at your European-side hotel or in central Istanbul.
Please note:  Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and the Grand Bazaar is closed Sundays. If your tour is on one of these days, an alternate, such as Chora Museum or another market, may be visited instead. Topkapi Palace, closed on Tuesdays, will be replaced with Istanbul Archaeology Museum).

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
First course:
  • Pastry stuffed with cheese or sausage, served alongside a seasonal salad
Main course (choice of one):
  • Turkish veal kebab
  • Grilled chicken
Dessert:
  • Specialty of the day
  • Seasonal fruit

Reviews

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K
, Dec 2018

Was a great one day tour. The lunch provided was good. Had sufficient time to have a first look at all the attractions. Could have used a bit more time at the Palace.

J
, Oct 2018

Great tour to get to know Istanbul in one day. Major highlight covered and enough time to stroll around and make pictures :)Hotel pick up included from European side.Knowledgable guide

p
, Oct 2018

Excellent tour! Our guide was knowledgable about the history and politics of sights, his delivery of information clear and articulate. Highly recommend this tour! Hagia Sophia.....Amazing!

C
, Oct 2018

We had about 10 people in our group. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Transportation was with neon tur company and the van was comfortable and clean. The lunch was delicious just some portions. Our guide explained everything at each location first and then allowed free time to go on our own and take pictures. I felt no pressure at the carpet store.

a
, Oct 2018

Having a small group is great. We didn’t need to have those headsets on that large groups need. We got more one on one time with the guide to ask questions. We got alone time at almost each place to explore after a history lesson from the guide. I highly recommend Neon Tours!

M
, Oct 2018

This was a perfect way to see Istanbul in a day tour.They picked us up from our hotel and dropped us too !!!The guy was very knowledgeable and with a very good English!!The places were very interesting and the lunch in a very good place and good food !!!

G
, Aug 2018

The highlight for me of this tour is Hagia Sophia, being the best out of all of the sites in this tour. Blue Mosque was undergoing reconstruction and Topkapi Palace was too crowded. Felt like the Cistern was just an option because we were asked if we wanted to see it. It was included in the itinerary before this tour is purchased so that should be a no brainer. Before we went to the Bazaar, felt like we were forced to buy these beautiful carpets but I personally did not book this tour to buy carpets. I was hoping we were provided better description on where and what to see in the Bazaar as it is too big and we were already too tired for walking a lot during the day to find our way in the Bazaar.

t
, Aug 2018

its was very nice tour, they pickup on time from our hotel, and they offer to drop off on hotel but my wife and I decide to continue on Ground bazaar.
Omar the our tour guide was very nice person, and was educate and he provide much information on every location we visit, he answer all question from us.
the only things that me and my wife did not like is the lunch place, the food was not Turkish food, and it was cold.
I recommend this tour to any on like to visit Istanbul

Y
, Jul 2018

Great tour and very informative. The guide did an awesome job.

g
, Jul 2018

This was a great experience, I really want to thank our guide Sevilay Tokmak, for being so nice/informative and patient with us, she really explained and made the entire team grasp every bit of the history, she was very knowledgeable otherwise, the tour is worth going, it includes all major sites in one day including a meal, you will also have the chance to get to know more about carpets something I did not know much about and appreciate the work and time they put in to create these magnificent prices of art that you can have at home if you are able to afford them overall 5 star for the guide that day and the tour, do not hesitate this is a must in Istambul


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