• 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

Sana I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Had a great time! The guide was very knowledgeable and efficient, lunch was simple but good. Highly recommended.

Raymond G J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

An amazing tour with brilliant tour guide.
Thoroughly recommend.

Muhammad Adnan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent tour for the price paid!!!
Pros:
I failed to contact the tour operator beforehand, however, to my surprise, they still send the driver to pick me up at the hotel, I've chosen from the list
visited 5 places - Blue Mosque, Topkapi, Aya Sofia, Roman Cisterns and Grand Bazar.
don't have to wait in the queue and don't have to pay the tickets at three of the places - Topkapi, Aya Sofia and Cisterns
Knowledgeable tour guide
Complementary carpet weaving tour has been given in the Grand Bazat, which was excellent
Cons:
the contact instructions to the tour operator is only a local Turkish number. It'll be great, if an email and other contacts has been arranged.
the lunch provided isn't great, but won't effect my day experience, although, I'm a big foodie
All in all, it's an excellent tour for someone staying over in Istanbul for a day or two.

Marianna T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Good trip, covers the main attractions in Istanbul

Rashida H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a very wonderful experience. Our tour guide provided quite a bit of information on all the top attractions visited. He was very knowledgeable and we appreciated his insights into the history. Would highly recommend this tour.

Nena U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A quick and easy way to get to know the top attractions in Istanbul. Knowledgeable guide Hakan Adagume from Neon Travel took the time to explain the history, background and culture so that we could have a better appreciation of what we are looking at in addition to admiring the architecture greatness.

Anconstevo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Amazing! Highly recommended

Lara Lebanon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was a beautiful day and we were 7 in the group which made the experience more interesting. Our guide Hakan was nice and gave us fascinating stories and insights . Would highly recommend it.

VICTOR F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Very well organised tour. You see the most popular sites. The tour guide extremely knowledgeable and courteous. Excellent English speaking. Packed day, but the timing for each site was just right.

Sylwia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was amazing!

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