Istanbul City Tour

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Tour Details

Overview

See top Istanbul attractions around every corner on a full-day tour of the incredible Sultanahmet neighborhood, where Turkeys Ottoman and Byzantine empires once ruled. Traveling by luxury coach, youll stop to visit all the city showstoppers including the UNESCO-listed Hagia Sophia Museum, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Sultans Tombs. Before lunch, discover the roar and dazzle of Istanbuls Grand Bazaar while hearing tales of sultans, harems and all-things-Istanbul from your friendly expert guide!

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lunch included

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Start your tour with a hotel pickup, then travel by coach to the nearby Sultanahmet district and step inside your first attraction of the day – Hagia Sophia. Formerly a church, then a mosque, and now an intriguing museum, Hagia Sophia is sure to impress from every historic angle. Admire its medley of architecture that draws on influences from both the Ottoman and Byzantine eras as you explore with your guide.

Continue to the nearby Blue Mosque, passing Istanbul Hippodrome on the way. Chariot races were held here at the time of the Ottoman Empire, and it gained a reputation as the hub of sporting and political activity in the city. Before entering the mosque, stop for photos and gaze in admiration at its six minarets that provide an iconic backdrop to Istanbul’s cityscape. Then head inside to marvel at its ceiling, adorned with bright blue Iznik tiles that attribute to the mosque’s name.

Prepare for an assault on your senses at the nearby Grand Bazaar as you browse the bustling shops and stalls that spill out into its frankincense-scented lanes. Pedaling everything from Turkish carpets to kebabs, this frantic market can be daunting to visitors, so let your guide show off its highlights while you soak up its ambiance.

Stop for lunch in a local restaurant, and then travel by coach to Topkapi Palace – one of the world’s oldest and biggest palaces. Now a significant museum, the palace seems to drip with dazzling ornamentation and artifacts at every turn. Explore its courtyards with your guide, and learn about the sultans and their harems that lived here from the 15th century.

Your tour finishes at your central Istanbul hotel.

Please note: Blue Mosque will be visited from outside on Friday mornings due to noon prayer. Grand Bazaar on Sundays will be replaced with authentic shops. Topkapı Palace on Tuesdays will be replaced with a tour to Byzantium, and Sultan Tombs on Mondays will be replaced with Little Hagia Sophia (St. Sergius & Bacchus). Hagia Sophia (Closed on Mondays; will be replaced with Undergournd Cistern).

Inclusions for Istanbul City Tour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees: Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
  • Donations: Blue Mosque
  • Lunch

Exclusions for Istanbul City Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note: When reconfirming your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Great tour with an excellent guide Umut. Learnt a lot about the city, the culture and the history. Rain played spoil sport and hence could not cover the Hippodrome. The organisers can include umbrellas on rainy days.

    Umut was friendly, humourous and wise and spoke good English and Spanish. If possible, tours could be separated to only one of the languages without Umut multitasking.

    Though lunch wasn't great, it wasnt bad either.

  • Great sights, great lunch, great guide

  • Wonderful. Saw most important sites very efficiently. Guide well informed and very pleasant. Info delivery by guide exceptional.

  • The long walks was well worth it and you get to have enough time to enjoy each place at your own pace.

  • We were very lucky to have the same tour guide for this tour, once again his knowledge about Istanbul was outstanding, we learned a lot and we are making plans to return to Turkey again.

  • enjoyed istanbul's major sights. knowledgeable guide Ike. will recommend to friends.

  • This was a good tour to some interesting and famous attractions, but it was not the tour we had booked and paid for. The tour we booked included an afternoon at the Topkapi Palace, and this was confirmed in the tour information we received from Viator. However, we discovered on the day, that the Palace is not open on a Tuesday, and we would like to know how Viator allowed us to book this tour on a Tuesday. We would appreciate your comments on this, as we feel that we paid for something we did not get.
    Secondly, although our Plan Tours guide was very knowledgeable, his English was not clear enough for a number of members of our tour group.
    Finally, the post tour drop off took over two hours and included what seemed a lengthy diversion to somewhere in Beyoglu to drop off the tour guide before eventually returning to Sultanahmet. Surely the tour guide should have been the last person to be dropped off.
    For these reasons, we cannot rate the tour more highly.

  • It was OK, but could have been better

  • Very good tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Food was also quite good with vegetarian options. I would recommend this very much.

  • excellent choice of sites to visit. Knowledgeable and polite tour guides. Tour was too hurried

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