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Istanbul: Half-Day Highlights Tour for Cruise Ship Visitors

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Visit the major highlights of majestic Istanbul in a small group, starting and ending at the cruise ship port. Discover the city's treasures in safety with a local licensed guide, and skip the ticket lines at Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
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Duration: 5 hours
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  • Explore Hagia Sophia from inside out and admire the mosaics gallery
  • Learn about the Ottomans and the Sultan's family life on a guided tour of Topkapi Palace
  • Enjoy a privileged experience with an expert guide and priority admission with skip-the-line tickets
  • Walk safely around Sultanahmet and witness local life with a local host
  • Marvel at the charming Islamic architecture inside the Blue Mosque
Full description
Enjoy a hassle-free small-group walking tour in Istanbul designed specifically for cruise ship passengers. Meet your local, expert guide at the port right after your ship has docked and join your half-day tour in the morning of afternoon. Take a short tram ride from the dock to the Old Town of Sultanahmet, and benefit from a walking tour instead of sitting on a bus in traffic.

Start your tour in Sultanahmet Square to check out Istanbul's greatest monuments. Enjoy a scenic stroll around Sultanahmet and witness the local life. Enter the Blue Mosque, the most visited monument in Istanbul. Marvel at this imperial Ottoman Mosque on a comprehensive guided tour with a professional guide. Afterward, soak up breathtaking views from the courtyard, and take a gentle stroll around the neighborhood.

Next, visit the Hagia Sophia with skip-the-line tickets and witness the most significant site of the Greek Orthodox religion in Istanbul. Learn how it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. In the Hagia Sophia, you'll see elements of a mosque and a church standing next to each other. Admire the basilica's stunning dome, minarets, mosaics, paintings, columns, and mosaic gallery.

Continue your journey to Topkapi Palace, the last stop for the day. There, explore the palace, grounds, and courtyards on a guided tour. Marvel at the palace's opulence and mystery, and learn about the Ottoman family and their importance in Istanbul's history. Finish with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens. At the end of your tour, choose to spend free time in Topkapi Palace grounds or follow your guide back to the ship.
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Skip-the-ticket-line admission to Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
  • Local licensed guide
  • Tram tickets to the Old Town
  • Small-group tour (maximum 12 people) or private walking tour (depending on option chosen)
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses

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Meeting point

Meet your guide after you disembark the cruise ship, at the exit of the terminal. Your guide will have a sign with the local partner's name on it.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please provide your ship name and details about your arrival and departure
• For private tours, please also provide your preferred starting time and the local partner will contact you by email for confirmation

From £66.76 per person

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Product ID: 358570