Small-Group Istanbul In One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace And Hagia Sophia

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Key Details

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  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit the city's top 6 attractions in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul! The action-packed day includes a comprehensive tour of the historical Sultanahmet neighborhood where many of the city's finest architectural legacies and landmarks are found. Visit the Blue mosque and museums of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace, as well as Istanbul Hippodrome, the sunken palace of Basilica Cistern and the dazzling Grand Bazaar. A delicious 3-course lunch is also included halfway through the day. Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour ensuring a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Lunch included
  • Hotel pickup included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Know More about this tour

Start your day with a pickup from your European-side hotel or alternatively, meet your expert guide at a central meeting point. Before departing by coach, listen to a brief breakdown of your day. The sequence of your itinerary is subject to change, so certain attractions (as detailed below) may be visited in a different order. Lunch at a traditional restaurant is included halfway through the day; see the Itinerary for a sample menu.

Head to The blue mosque to marvel at its six minarets and the thousands of Iznik tiles that cascade a sea of blue over the building's interior. One of the finest examples of classical Ottoman architecture, the mosque was built at the bequest of Sultan Ahmet I who demanded a mosque to rival the grandeur of the Hagia sophia.

Both a church and a mosque in its past life, Hagia sophia (or Aya Sofya) is now a UNESCO-listed museum that showcases Ottoman- and Byzantine-era artifacts. Browse the interiors architecture and historical exhibits with your guide.

Then continue to Topkapi Palace. Like Hagia sophia, Topkapi palace now exists as one of Istanbuls premier museums, home to a collection of ornamentation that once belonged to the citys 15th-century sultans and harems.

Continue through Istanbul Hippodrome, seeing the granite Egyptian obelisk that was gifted to the city, and hear how the site once represented the hub of the citys sporting and political life. After stopping for photos,

visit Basilica Cistern, Istanbul's sunken palace a site that famously featured in the James Bond movie From Russia with Love. The site is one of the largest of the city's ancient cisterns that lie beneath the ground.

The final attraction included in your tour is the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's most famous souks. Comprising nearly 60 streets and thousands of shops, the bazaar can be overwhelming. Let your guide introduce you to its colorful (if chaotic) highlights, and shop for jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and more.

Your tour finishes with a drop-off at your European-side hotel or in central Istanbul.

Please note: The Grand Bazaar will be closed on Sundays and Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. If your tour falls on any of these days, an alternate attraction (such as Chora Museum or another market) may be visited instead, Topkapi palace (Closed on Tuesdays; will be replaced with Istanbul Archaeology Museum). You may visit the Basilica cistern or Nakkas Cistern.

Itinerary:

Sample Menu:

First course:

• Pastry stuffed with cheese or sausage served alongside a seasonal salad

Main course (choice of one):

• Grilled chicken
• Turkish veal kebab

Dessert:

• Seasonal fruit
• A specialty of the day

Inclusions

3-course lunch

Air-conditioned vehicle

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace

Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern

Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Minimum age is 4 years

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties

Cover-ups and headscarves are provided at the Blue Mosque

Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult

Traveler Reviews

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  • 17-Feb-2020

    This really should be advertised as a walking tour - although the ad states that users need to be able to walk, we didn't see the bus/van after it dropped us off at our first stop. My biggest issue wasn't the itinerary - the sites are absolutely amazing. But we were given 10 minutes of free time at Hagia Sophia and rushed out of the underground cistern without any free time whatsoever. Then he took us to a "bonus stop" to see how Turkish rugs are made, but it's really just a place for hard sales and took WAY too much time that I would have rather spent at the sites. Tour was nowhere close to eight hours, due to the minimal amount of time spent at each site. Absolutely would not recommend this tour company - so very disappointed in the entire day.

  • 20-Dec-2019

    I take 20+ tours per year for work and this was one of the worst tours I've ever taken. Shame on this tour operator for limiting our time at the Hagia Sophia (Istanbul's crown jewel) to 20 minutes, but subjecting us to an hour long carpet sales pitch. You will notice the itinerary makes no mention about making an hour long stop at a government subsidized carpet shop. After rushing you through the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern, your guide will subject you to an hour long carpet sales pitch in a show room full of pushy salesmen trying to sell you overpriced carpets and jewelry. Upon completion of the tour, I returned to my hotel with a bad taste in my mouth to be informed by the front desk staff that the tour operator takes a commission on carpet sales. Terrible experience -- do yourself a favor and book a tour with an alternative company that is transparent on its itinerary and what to expect.

  • 12-Dec-2019

    This is my second tour and most likely my last,these narcissistic guides are only interested in their speech ,to the point of rudeness. they don't want to stop running their mouths to even answer your question .I'm 68 yrs old and don't think I need to raise my hand to talk! And if they would just shut up once in a while then maybe they could show some reverence or at least let the customer

  • 10-Dec-2019

    We enjoyed our tour of all the major sites in Istanbul. Our guide was friendly, very knowledgeable, and kept up on schedule to hit all the highlights. Highly recommend one confirms within 24-hours of the tour for pickup details.

  • 29-Nov-2019

    It was a really nice tour, we visited all the attractions mentioned in the description. The tour guide was really good and he gave us information and history about each place. Of course because we visited many places in only 8 hours we didn't have much time to spend on each place but if you are looking for a one day your in Istanbul that includes everything I believe this is a very good option for you. Please note that this is a walking tour and also if you are not staying in the European side of Istanbul you need to call them to pick a meeting point. My only negative comments are that lunch was average and this tour is a bit overpriced since most of the places we visited had no entrance fee if you were to visit them alone.

  • 25-Nov-2019

    Our guide was very knowledgeable and kept us on time. We recommend this tour even though there was a lot of renovations happening. Istanbul has so much history that you need a guided tour like this .

  • 31-Oct-2019

    I loved this walking tour of the old city specifically the area that reflects the cross cultural elements such as the Roman Hippodrome; the Sultan Ahmed Mosque; Hagia Sophia, and the grand bizarre. What I did not like was the stop over to learn about carpets which is nothing more than a sales pitch and not on the list for the tour. This added stop cut into our time at the Bizarre where you could also rug shop. I would advise to forbid the tour guide from I assume benefiting from these unplanned stop overs.

  • 28-Oct-2019

    Tour was good, as it was a small group.
    Having been on a number over a few countries, you can tell when the guide loves his work and not just going through the motions..... sadly it was the second.
    Negatives: guide, sales pitch at carpet makers (guide on commission?), not returned to hotel and whilst close, getting lost before flagging down a cab
    Positive: small group, great history, loads to see within a small area

  • 25-Oct-2019

    Very good tour with a very informative guide covering the main attraction in central Istanbul, highly recommended.

  • 21-Oct-2019

    Would highly recommend. All the main places of interest are within walking distance and our guide was excellent - very attentive and informative.

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