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Istanbul: Small Group Skip-the-Line Luxury Day Tour

4.3 / 5

56 reviews

Activity provider: City Of Sultans

Istanbul: Small Group Skip-the-Line Luxury Day Tour

Activity provider: City Of Sultans

From US$ 89 per person

Explore the best of Istanbul’s Byzantine and Ottoman monuments on a 7-hour luxury sightseeing tour. Discover where East meets West at 5 top attractions, including the Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace, and learn more about the powerful empires.

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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel or cruise ship in Istanbul
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the best of Istanbul’s Byzantine and Ottoman monuments
  • Skip the long lines with pre-paid entry tickets
  • Admire the splendid architecture of the Hagia Sophia
  • Marvel at the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque
  • Go to the former residence of the Ottoman sultans
  • See the former Hippodrome of Constantinople
Full description
Discover the only city in the world on 2 continents - where east meets west - on a full-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul by luxury minibus. Following a pick-up from your hotel or cruise ship, visit the Hippodrome to explore the former center of sport and political activities in Constantinople. Marvel at the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, and fountain of Wilhelm II. Continue to the iconic Blue Mosque, known for its glorious blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets. Admire the former imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace, and learn how the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today, the palace is a spectacular museum, with one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, along with the famous treasury of the Royal Family. Next, go to the Hagia Sophia, a magnificent Byzantine Church that is considered one of the finest architectural works of art in the world. Stroll the alleys and warrens of the Grand Bazaar, and interact with the vendors selling their rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather, and souvenirs. Transfer back to your hotel or cruise ship for the end of the tour services.
Includes
  • Transportation by luxury Mercedes minibus
  • English-speaking guide
  • All entrance tickets
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
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
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Know before you go

  • Please note that as Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, tours on these days will visit the Basilica Cistern instead
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 56 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    3.8/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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The blue mosque is a construction site inside and out (covered.)! A ceiling was laid in the mosque except for an opening approx. 7mx7m inside which only gives a small insight. The organizer as well as the guide know this and yet it is on offer. Most visitors go in and out straight away. Offer according to the organizer: - Explore the most beautiful Byzantine and Ottoman sights of Istanbul -> True - Leave the long queues behind and benefit from tickets without queuing -> True partly Hagia Sofia everyone is in line. - Enjoy a full lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant -> Not true - Admire the blue Iznik roof tiles of the Blue Mosque -> Construction site - Visit the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans -> True - See the former Hippodrome of Constantinople - >True - Admire the impressive architecture of the Hagia Sophia ->True

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October 17, 2022

Overall, the Topkapi Palace tour was good. Disappointingly, we couldn’t see Hagia Sophia as the queues were very long (Saturday), and the Blue Mosque was temporarily closed. The guide was good and improvised, took us to a carpet museum. But the traffic was horrendous for hotel transfers (over 3 hours for a 7-hour tour - a very long day!)

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October 2, 2022

Baris was great! There was no question he couldn't answer. (He majored in history!) Travelers do need to know that even though a luxury van is mentioned, there is very little riding in the van. This is mostly a WALKING tour. It was a full day. I felt like I had been "everywhere" by the end of the day. Exhausted but in a good way and full of new knowledge.

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August 15, 2021

Product ID: 59221