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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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Safety measures
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the top attractions in Sultanahmet (the old city) on a full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take in UNESCO World Heritage sites and famous monuments in Istanbul including the stunning Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Then follow your guide through the Grand Bazaar, browsing the shops of hundreds of vendors with an array of textiles, jewelry, perfumes, spices and more. Your guide shares the long history of Istanbul with your small group, which is limited to 10 participants to ensure a more intimate experience.
  • Small-group tour of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s old city
  • Admire the breathtaking architecture and decor of the Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, both gorgeous monuments from the Ottoman Empire
  • Hear about the role of the Hippodrome in the days of the Byzantine Empire
  • Browse the shops in the vibrant and historic Grand Bazaar
  • Learn about the long history of Istanbul, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 10 participants provides a more customized experience
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Professional English speaking guide
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Museum entrance fees
Meals and drinks
Gratuities
Airport pick up and drop off (additional fee)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Depends on hotel's location, sometimes we can't use vehicle since vehicles are not allowed in some parts of old city.

Ports

  • Galataport
  • Sarayburnu


Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
1/1/2019 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please Note:Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Underground Cistern. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will also be replaced with Underground Cistern.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Global Travel Services
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.

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  • "Scarf is needed for the Blue Mosque, no shoes allowed." See review
  • "This tour is a must especially for the first timer." See review

Reviews

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Nice Guide
John_M
, Oct 2021
Guide was very nice. Loved Haj Sophia and the spice market. Wish we had spent more time at the Grand Bazaar.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear John, Thank you for your review. We would like to see you again in our city, then you can have more time to spend at Grand Bazaar. It is a good excuse to come back. Please always feel free to contact us if you plan any other trip to Turkey. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
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star-5
FANTASTIC ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
Ahmed_I
, Oct 2021
My tour guide was outstanding, knowledgeable, was explaining things in detail. Overall fantastic guide. I would definitely recommend her for any future tours
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Ahmed, Thank you very much for this review. By the way, it is a special one for us since it is our 100th review. From now on, you are a part of our history. Thank you again, really appreciated. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
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star-5
A must see tour of the old city
Julie_A
, Oct 2021
Great tour, our guide was engaging, knowledgeable and informative. Nice group of people and good over view of the wide range of the sights available. Really enjoyable experience.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Julie, Thank you for your review. It is nice to know that you enjoyed our tour. Hope to see you again. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
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star-5
Amazing experience
Umberto_C
, Oct 2021
I bought the Essential Istanbul Tour, the website is well made and the reservation easy to handle. My guide Recep was super, he explained me everything about the sites we visited and also gave me advices in buying souvenirs at the grand bazaar. The experience was wonderful, I absolutely recommend it
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Dear Umberto, We are glad to know that you had a really good experience in our tour. Thanks for spending time to write a review for us, it is very important, truly appreciated. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
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star-5
Wonderful tour of Istanbul
Victoria_G
, Sep 2021
We enjoyed this tour immensely. Our tour guide Recep was very knowledgeable and friendly. We did not expect the depths of the historical coverage he did during the tour. Great job! We stoped at local restaurant for lunch - very tasty local cuisine! Overall highly recommend. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Victoria, We are happy to know that you enjoyed our tour. That would be nice to see you again in our country. Please always feel free to contact us if you need anything for another trip to Turkey. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
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star-5
Excellent tour and guide - Recep
Patricia_L
, Sep 2021
The logistics and itinerary was smooth and well organized. My guide - Recep was excellent! - His English language was very good and he is such a great personality that enhanced the whole experience. He shared alot about the history and culture of the city and was patient in answering all the questions and requests i had. Was extremely appreciative when he went above and beyond to retrieve my items that i left in the van and returned them to me. I highly recommend this tour and Recep as your guide.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Patricia, Thank you for writing an extra review. It means a lot for us. All these reviews provide extra motivation for us to do our job with more enthusiasm. Once again thank you. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
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star-5
Amazing tour
Ludovica_D
, Sep 2021
Amazing tour, the guide Emra was very nice and extremely professional, he knows every si gle details about the Mosques, Topkapi palace and every attraction related to the tour. Definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Ludovica, Thank you for writing this review for us. These reviews give us more energy to provide better tours for our guests. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
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star-5
Great small group essentials
Igor_L
, Sep 2021
We enjoyed visiting Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Spice Bazaar. Our tour guide Recep was friendly and knowledgeable. We had small group consisting of 3 people. Highly recommend for visiting Istanbul Sultanahmet District essentials in calm pace and friendly service.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Igor, Thank you for all these kind words. It is good to know that you enjoyed our tour. I will be sharing this review with Recep. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
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star-5
Short Istanbul Visit
Edwine_L
, Aug 2021
I enjoyed visiting the most famous attractions in Istanbul such as the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofia, the Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar during my short stay. My tour guide Semih was friendly and knowledgeable. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting Istanbul.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Edwine, Thank you again for writing an extra review. It is highly appreciated. All these reviews give us extra motivation to do our job better and better. Hope to see you again. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
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star-5
Excellent Semi-private tour
Tom
, Aug 2021
Excellent small semi-private tour. Our tour guide Recep was super knowledgeable, very friendly and he made our tour very exciting. He was a perfect guide to give us a feel of life in Istanbul, current events and history of the country. This was our first time in Istanbul and we highly recommend Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul and ask for Recep.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Tom, Thank you for this amazing review. We always try to do our best to arrange an unforgettable tour for our guests. We would like to see you again in Turkey for a longer period to explore all the hidden gems with our company and with our experienced guides. Please always feel free to contact us. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
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