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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 3795IST_P01
Take a hassle-free tour of Istanbul's most famous attractions with your own private guide to lead the way. You'll enjoy personalized attention on your private tour of magical Istanbul and its signature sights: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace.

Highlights

  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Lunch included
On this tour you will visit the following historic sites:

Blue Mosque:
Just across from the Hippodrome, 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:
One of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world, this former basilica and mosque is now the Saint Sophia Museum. Many historians have nominated it as the 8th wonder of the world. Take a moment to linger here to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics.

Underground Cistern:
The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. The cistern, located 500 feet (150m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.

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.

Hippodrome and Obelisk:
The Hippodrome was once the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history. Today it is a city park called the Horse Grounds (At Meydanı) because of its function in Ottoman times. The Hippodrome includes the 3500-year-old Egyptian granite Obelisk, brought to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in 390 AD.

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 Sundays; additional time will be spent at the other locations.)


*On Mondays, when Hagia Sophia is closed, this visit will be replaced with a similar museum.


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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Pick up from centrally located hotels in Istanbul (European only)
Departure Time:
9:00am
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm

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Pricing information

Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Blue Mosque, Istanbul
©70309399

Inclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance to Harem Section in the Topkapi Palace
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • 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
  • Customers booking this tour for shore excursions will not have time to visit the Basilica Cistern, due to the limited time in Istanbul
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: michael w, October 2014

Fantastic day, Well worth the money

Reviewed by: Catherine P, October 2014

Our guide was knowledgeable and flexible. We were able to avoid lines by organizing the order of our sightseeing based on the line size and traffic conditions which the guide could see from his smartphone. Friends who took a tour offered by the cruise ship reported being stuck on a bus in traffic a lot. Our guide was very friendly and personable. Good humor. We enjoyed the day.

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Tour code: 3795IST_P01