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Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3795PRTIST01
This sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides the perfect introduction to the fabled city that spans Asia and Europe. On this shore excursion you will see how old meets new when you visit Istanbul's four "must-see" historic sites.

Highlights

  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
Formally called Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital of the Roman Empire and Europe's wealthiest metropolis, and is now the largest city in Turkey.

Blue Mosque:
One of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.

Hagia Sophia:
Now a museum, Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, and was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Take a moment to linger here to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics. (closed on Monday)

Topkapi Palace:
The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. (closed on Tuesday)

Grand Bazaar:
In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world's largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. (closed on Sunday additional time will be spent at the other locations)

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Istanbul port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Istanbul port.
Departure Time:
9am

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Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Inclusions:
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • If Hagia Sophia is closed you will visit Chora Museum instead
  • During religious holidays July 28, 29 and 30 and October 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2014 the Spice market and Grand Bazaar will be closed
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Carolyn L, September 2014

This as a very good tour. It was a bit difficult finding the guide off the dock as there were so many in a small space. I held up my printed reservation and he found me! The guide was knowledgeable and answered questions. He gave us plenty of time in each stop to wander around and take pictures. As most of the sites are in 1 area there is a considerable amount of walking. It is flat but I have arthritis and asthma and had a bit of a problem keeping up at few times (but I made it!) We were there on a Friday. The Blue Mosque is closed for prayer until 2:00 so there was quite a line to get in but it moved rather quickly. He usually likes to do it first on other days, which would have cut down on the walking. The lunch was very good. After visiting the Grand Bazaar some people wanted to get off the bus and visit the spice market and other areas and he was ok with letting them off the bus.

Reviewed by: tom.heger, September 2014

Knowledgeable, friendly. Omar gave us a really comprehesive tour .

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Tour code: 3795PRTIST01