• Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

Marvel at the interior of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul!

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

Customer Reviews

Yvonne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

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

genci

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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

mrajan2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Great tour of Istanbul with a very knowledgeable and experienced guide.

Alex

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Love it! Convenient and time-saving.

CT123 United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Our guide was extremely informative. He opened our eyes to the history of Istanbul and answered all questions that were asked by the group. Over lunch, the other passengers on the tour also commented how well spoken and informative our guide was. The order of the tours was also great and the lunch was very well balanced with good flavours.

Rabs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

I had a wonderful experience. Thanks to my tour guide Hakan. Our itinerary was altered a bit. The Blue Mosque was closed for renovation, but we went to a different mosque instead. As the the president of Turkey was visiting the Hagia Sophia was closed. However, Hakan tried and tried to see if it was going to open in the afternoon. It was. We got in quite quickly and avoided the long queue. It was worth it. Hagia Sophia was amazing. I 100 recommend this tour.

rivchacha

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

I had a wonderful experience on this tour that gave me an opportunity to learn about Istanbul and its historical places. Our guide, Hakan Adagume, really knows this city and tell funny and interesting stories. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.

Ravish R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

was an amazing trip and the guide was very knowledgeable and explained all the important aspects of all the monuments visited and the vehicle provided was also very good, highly recommend this short but well covered half day trip

Bradley E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent tour and guide. Really great way to see the sites.

Leslie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Loved!

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