Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    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
    GalataportSarayburnu
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • 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

Discover the main highlights in Istanbuls old town during this small size full day tour with an expert tour guide. Visit old town, the Unesco world Heritage sites, see the acknowledged archaeological and natural monuments, unrivalled artifacts during the tour and will enjoy the privileges that we will gladly arrange for your utmost pleasure to explore the Turkish way. This tour runs everyday 09:00 17:00 and there will be 1 10 people in the group.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

After breakfast at hotel we begin full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Well visit Topkapi palace ; the former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the royal familya. Then we will continue to the ancient Roman Hippodrome; the former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. During the visit you'll be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, and fountain of Wilhelm II. After this we will see Hagia sophia; the magnificent Byzantine Church of all times; one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. We will continue our Sultanahmet tour with the Blue mosque; famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles and unique with its 6 minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmed. and finally we will stop at Grand Covered Bazaar; which is the most attractive shopping center and the biggest (souk) in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets and leatherwear. Transfer back to your Hotel.

Inclusions

Professional English speaking guide

Hotel/port pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

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

Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace

Exclusions

Meals and drinks

Gratuities

Airport pick up and drop off (additional fee)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

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. Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and replaced with Underground Cistern.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 17-Feb-2020

    Simih was an excellent guide with an impressive knowledge of his city and its history. We never felt rushed at any stage and his relaxed manner and excellent English made it an informative and enjoyable tour. Highly recommended.

  • 30-Jan-2020

    Despite it being a chilly morning, it was a morning that was filled with adventure. Elgiz is a great storyteller on how everything came to be, in the most authentic way. We went to all the various must see locations including: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace. She also brought us to two local spots (to drink turkish tea, eat meatballs (kofte); as well as a traditional rug shop.

    Would do a tour with her again.

    Tips:
    1. It's a lot of walking, be sure to use the wash closets when you can. (they're 1 TRY and you can use your metro card if needed).
    2. Scarf is needed for the Blue Mosque, no shoes allowed.

  • 31-Oct-2019

    Our guide Lale was excellent. Arrived on time, got well acquainted and was informative, witty and courteous

  • 02-Oct-2019

    We were supposed to be on a group tour but my wife and I ended with a private tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took things at a pace that suited us. All in all it couldn't have been better.

  • 24-Sep-2019

    This tour is a must especially for the first timer. You get to see Haiga Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand bazaar. This is a small group tour and essentially it was a private tour since we were the only ones on it. You get an overview of the history to get you started.

  • 13-Aug-2019

    we very much enjoyed our day with Lale. There was one more couple with us, so it was essentially a private tour. Our guide was interested in: who we are, what we do, and what interests us. Then she managed the tour accordingly. Her English is good, she is knowledgeable and articulate. She adjusted the pace to our interest , and later in the day - went into a couple of shops with my wife, to help her bargain and select what she was looking for.

  • 12-Aug-2019

    Istanbul is a great city and this tour took us to many unique places. The tour guide was very professional and knowledgable. My only big complaint was the constant apparent expectation for us to buy stuff at the various shops we visited. The Turkish rug guy was a nice guy but very pushy in trying to get us to by a $2500 Turkish rug ! Are you kidding me ?

    We had slightly similar experiences in other shops on this tour.
    Because of that I have to downgrade the ratting from a 4 to a 3.

  • 05-Aug-2019

    What a great experience. Our tour guide Ozy was very knowledgeable and well spoken. We truly enjoyed our tour, companionship and food.
    Thank you

  • 18-Jul-2019

    Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable. We took the tour with 2 kids. Although there was alot of walking involved, we loved every min of it. It was nice to learn about history and culture of beautiful Istanbul.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Great if you have only a few days - this tour means you see the main sights and you have a guide with a wealth of knowledge. We knew the history of it all by the time we left. Our guide was very friendly too. Took us to pudding shop for lunch which was delicious.
    They called ahead to tell Hotel what time they’d arrive and it was all to schedule. Ended up being just my partner and I as no one else had booked for this day! So a private tour which was great.

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