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Istanbul: Full-Day Small Group City Highlights Tour

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Activity provider: Tour Altinkum

Istanbul: Full-Day Small Group City Highlights Tour

Activity provider: Tour Altinkum
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Explore Istanbul’s most visited places such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, and Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a full-day experience with a knowledgeable guide in a small group.

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Duration 8 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Your centrally located Istanbul hotel.
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a customized full-day group tour with your own local guide
  • Visit Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Sultanahmet Square
  • Experience shopping with locals in world-famous Grand Bazaar
  • Learn the history of the Byzantines, Ottomans, and modern Turks
  • Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant
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Get to know some of the best sights of Instanbul with a local guide on this trip to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Square, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy included pickup and drop-off and skip-the-line entry privileges.

Start your day with pickup from your hotel, then hop in an air-conditioned vehicle and set off on your journey to see Istanbul’s greatest landmarks. First, head to Hagia Sophia, meaning divine wisdom.

The Hagia Sophia was used as a church for 916 years and as a mosque for 481 years. In 1934, by the order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, it was converted into a museum and has since been open to visitors.

Next, visit Topkapi Palace and enter inside. As well as being the imperial residence of the Sultan, this palace was also the seat of government for the ottoman empire. In 1924 it was converted into a museum. Today, it's famous for its harem, royal treasury, and holy relics sections.

Continue to Hippodrome of Constantinople (Sultanahmet Square), built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203 A.D. During the Roman period, this square was the civil center for the people of the city where once 100,000 spectators could be held.

Located in the heart of Sultanahmet surrounded by the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, today Hippodrome is home to the Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilitaş), the Serpentine Column (Burma Sütun), the Constantine Column, and the German Fountain.

Next up on the itinerary is the Blue Mosque. This mosque was built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in the year 1616 and is located opposite the Hagia Sophia.

Today, the Blue Mosque is one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets, dome, and blue tiles decorating the interior walls.

Visit the Grand Bazaar. Featuring 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops, the Grand Bazaar is one of the greatest bazaars in the world. Stroll through the unique shops and experience the atmosphere of everyday local life.

At the end of the tour, sit back and relax as you're driven back to your pickup location.

Includes
  • Full-day sightseeing tour
  • Guide
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from central Istanbul hotels (Taksim and Sultanahmet)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Topkapi Palace entry fee (320TL per person)
  • Drinks with lunch
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
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

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Passport or ID card for children
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays
  • The Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays until 2:00 PM (you will only visit the garden after this time)
  • The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Admission fees(per person): Topkapi Palace: 320TL
  • The tour guide will have pre-paid skip-the-line tickets for the Topkapi Palace to avoid ticket lines. The cost of the entry fee can be paid to the tour guide in cash (US dollar, Euro, or Turkish lira)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 98 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.1/5
  • Transportation
    3.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Istanbul is wonderful! Get your guide has been a very valuable tool to delve into a culture so fascinating, intriguing and with countless faces. You save precious time and you can devote yourself to the many attractions that alone, I believe, it would be difficult to explore and fully understand.

June 29, 2022

Our tour was very enjoyable, our guide Ms. Ezgi, besides her knowledge, is a very good person as a person, she is cheerful and gave answers to every question we asked with pleasure. Also, thanks to our small group, we had a friendlier and more intimate trip. Thank you very much to Ms. Ezgi.

February 28, 2020

The Tour with Met was very informative, well structured and fun. We appreciated Met's way of explaining complex historical events or cultural details in a very easy way. Thank you again for this. I recommend to slightly shorten the tour (as it seems to be longer than the mentioned 7 h) by reducing the nr. of shops or shopping opportunities in the afternoon. Overall I didn't expect to learn so many new things on my 2nd visit of Topkapi, Aya Sophia or the Blue Mosque.

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December 26, 2019

Product ID: 203017