Day trip

Best of Istanbul in 1 Day

Activity provider: City Of Sultans

Best of Istanbul in 1 Day

Activity provider: City Of Sultans
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From US$ 85 US$ 59.50 per person

Embark on a day out in Istanbul and see all the iconic sites. Learn about the rich history from your guide, and visit the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and the Hagia Sophia.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Pickup included
Pickup from centrally located hotels in Taksim, Sultanahmet, Old City, Fatih, Sisli, Beyoglu, Besiktas areas.

Experience

Itinerary
7 hours
  • Istanbul

  • Sultanahmet Square

  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque

  • Topkapi Palace

  • Hagia Sophia

  • Grand Bazaar

  • Istanbul

Pickup included
Main stop
Highlights
  • Visit all the main tourist attractions in Istanbul
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet and more
  • Learn about the rich history of Istanbul as you explore its many historic sites
Full description

Discover Istanbul's most iconic sights on a van tour. Listen to your guide recount tales of the city's colorful past as you pass by landmarks such as the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome. Round off the experience with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world.

Start your tour at the Hippodrome of Constantinople, which was the sports and social center of the old city. Discover major artworks including the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain of Willhelm II.

Then, continue to the Blue Mosque, whose 6 minarets adorn Istanbul’s skyline. Next up is the Topkapi Palace, which was home to Ottoman emperors between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Marvel at the jewel-stuffed treasury, the Ottoman Empire's imperial collections, and priceless displays of Oriental porcelain. If the Topkapi Palace is closed on your trip date, you'll visit the Nakkas Cistern instead.

Continue to the Hagia Sophia Mosque, a monument of equal significance to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Behold the dome and stunning mosaics of this architectural gem as your guide recounts its turbulent history. Then, enter the Grand Bazaar with over 3,000 shops selling everything from carpets to jewelry to ceramics and leather goods. Take a stroll around the Spice Bazaar and soak in the aroma of different spices, dried fruits, nuts, sweets, and lokum (Turkish Delights).

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Live guide
  • All entrance tickets to museums and sites
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Topkapi Palace is closed every Tuesday and is replaced with Nakkas Cistern
  • Inner parts of Grand Bazaar are closed every Sunday
  • The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are unable to be visited during prayer times and special events. Some of the inner parts of the Blue Mosque are currently under renovation
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 492 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5

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Great value for money! Just be careful that the 2 h is on the cruise - I planned for 2 h (12:20-2:20 pm) for pick-up to drop-off, but it lasted till 3:00 pm. Very professionally done. The costume pics, food on the cruise was a pleasant surprise (might vary each time though).

November 26, 2022

This host (Esner Eyup) was really friendly, helpful and he made sure to explain all the important landmarks in great detail. The tour is mostly walking, so you need to be prepared for the walking (I.e wear comfortable shoes, bring sunglasses or a hat). The tour group size was not too big, therefore making it possible to have a somewhat personal tour.

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November 11, 2022

Great guide who was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and made the whole experience very fun. The tour was supposed to include the Blue Mosque but didn’t because of the renovations and we only saw the exterior from a distance, not even up close. The entrance to the Grand Bazaar was the end of the tour and so don’t expect to be guided around it inside. I don’t feel as if this should be part of the itinerary for that reason although appreciate that shepherding a group of people through this place would be tricky at best! A good day overall but we expected more than we got from the tour description.

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November 10, 2022

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