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Istanbul: Highlights & Grand Bazaar for Cruise Ship Visitors

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Discover the highlights of Istanbul’s on a half-day tour, led by an expert guide. Benefit from a specific itinerary designed for cruise ship passengers with a pickup and drop-off at the cruise ship port.
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Duration: 5 hours
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  • See the Hagia Sophia from inside out and enjoy the mosaics gallery
  • Have the privilege of an expert guide for priority admission and skip-the-line tickets
  • Enjoy a scenic stroll around Sultanahmet and witness the local life
  • Experience the splendor and charm of Islamic architecture inside the Blue Mosque
  • Navigate your way through the winding backstreets of the Grand Bazaar and discover Turkish artisan shops
Full description
Meet your local expert guide at the port after your ship has docked and join a hassle-free small-group walking tour of Istanbul. Take a short tram ride from the dock to the Old Town of Sultanahmet, and then benefit from a leisurely walking tour instead of sitting on a bus in traffic.  

Start your tour in Sultanahmet Square to check out Istanbul's most significant monuments. Enjoy a scenic stroll around Sultanahmet and witness the local life. Visit the inspiring Hagia Sophia and avoid the long lines with skip-the-line tickets. Witness the most significant symbol of the Greek Orthodox religion in Istanbul. Learn how it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. See the 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 the Blue Mosque, the most visited monument in Istanbul. Gaze in awe at the imperial Ottoman monument on a comprehensive guided tour. Afterward, take in breathtaking views from the courtyard and take a gentle stroll through the neighborhood.  

Last, follow your guide to the Grand Bazaar in the Old Town. Discover the classic example of Ottoman civil architecture and indulge in some shopping at Turkey's largest and oldest covered market. Immerse yourself in the bazaar's intricate geography and swarming passageways. Learn about the oldest shops, exotic goods, and talented artisans. Get tips from your guide at the end of the tour about what to see next.

At the end of your tour, choose to spend free time in the Grand Bazaar or follow your guide back to the ship.
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Skip-the-line tickets and guided tour of Hagia Sophia
  • Guided tour of the Blue Mosque
  • Expert guide
  • Small-group tour (maximum 12 people) or a private walking tour (depending on option chosen)
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

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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 inform the local partner about the preferred starting time at the time of the booking
• On Sundays, the visit to the Grand Bazaar is replaced with a visit to the Spice Market
• Please provide your ship name and details about your arrival and departure
• Please also provide your preferred starting time and the local partner will contact you by email for confirmation
• On Sundays, the visit to Grand Bazaar is replaced with a visit to Spice Market

From £66.76 per person

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Product ID: 360240