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Visit six top Istanbul attractions in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city! 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

  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Hotel pickup included
Start your day with a pickup from your European-side hotel or alternatively, meet your 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 interior’s architecture and historical exhibits with your guide, and then continue to Topkapi Palace. Like Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace now exists as one of Istanbul’s premier museums, home to a collection of ornamentation that once belonged to the city’s 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 city’s 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 more 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. Hagia Sophia will be closed on Mondays from (October 20, 2015). 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.

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Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Your European-side hotel or a meeting point (advised on reconfirmation) in central Istanbul
Departure Time:
9amPlease note: You must contact your local service provider 24 hours prior to the tour to reconfirm your departure point and time
Duration:
8 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm

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Pricing information

Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia Mosque, Istanbul
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Inclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees
  • 3-course lunch
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
    • Minimum age is 4 years
    • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
    • During religious holidays July 28, 29 and 30 and October 4, 5, 6,7 2014, the spice market and Grand Bazaar are closed
    • Cover ups and head scarves are provided at the Blue Mosque
    • Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties
    Itinerary:
    Sample Menu:
    First course:
    • Pastry stuffed with cheese or sausage, served alongside a seasonal salad
    Main course (choice of one):
    • Turkish veal kebab
    • Grilled chicken
    Dessert:
    • Specialty of the day
    • Seasonal fruit
    Voucher Info
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    Local Operator Information:
    Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.

    Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: John G, September 2016

    A great way to see some special places in Istanbul within a single day. Hakan, our guide, was a superb host. He was friendly, knowledgeable and provided time for us to browse at our own pace.

    Reviewed by: Andrew M, September 2016

    Our guide was fantastic very helpful everything about the experience was great couldn't fault it