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

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

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.

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Istanbul: Full-Day Guided Tour

2. Istanbul: Full-Day Guided Tour

Istanbul straddles East and West, enticing your senses and expanding your perceptions of the world around you. Todays full day tour will give you a glimpse at some of Istanbul's incredible sites and sounds and leave you with a deeper understanding of this rich land. Begin your day at one of Istanbul's greatest architectural masterpieces - the Hagia Sophia. This 6th century basilica will stun you with its towering minarets and beautiful handcrafted mosaics. It is called, by some, the 8th wonder of the world and you'll soon see why. Soon after your visit to Hagia Sophia, head across the street to the Blue Mosque. One of the most famous monuments in all of Turkey, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque) is a monument to the Ottoman empire and its builders. It gets its name from the more than 20,000 Iznik blue tiles that adorn its facade and interior and its history will impress you as you receive a tour. Then step back in time a bit to the Hippodrome. Here, imagine what life might have been like as locals traveled to see the chariot races at this famous sports arena. The area dates back to Egyptian times and there are still relics of the past dotted around this incredible area. With so much history, it's time to take a little shopping break. Head to the Grand Bazaar, where you'll have the chance to barter on everything from fine leather goods, to spices and plenty of sweets to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are nearly 4000 stalls here, so you're sure to find something for yourself.  After lunch visit the recently discovered and restored Şerefiye Cistern, which was built by Roman Emperor Theodosius II between 428 and 443 to store water supplied by the Valens Aqueduct (Roman Period Water Reservoir). Your tour ends here.

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Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

3. Istanbul: Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia Small-Group Tour

Check out Istanbul's greatest Islamic monument on this small walking tour. Meet your guide in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, at a hot spot for traditional Turkish delicacies where you can purchase water or snacks. Then let your guide lead you to the Blue Mosque, the most visited monument in Istanbul.  Marvel at this imperial Ottoman Mosque, commissioned by Sultan Ahmet. Witness the evocative power and splendor of its past as you enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of the Blue Mosque and its complimentary buildings with a professional guide. Afterward, enjoy the courtyard for breathtaking views of modern Istanbulites and take a gentle stroll around the neighborhood.  Walk through the Hippodrome, the social and political center of the city, and learn about the significance of the famous obelisks. Visit the Hagia Sophia with skip-the-line tickets and witness the most significant site of the Greek Orthodox religion in Istanbul and learn how it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. On this 3-hour tour, you’ll skip the lines and explore the museum with a licensed guide. In the interiors of each building, you’ll see elements of a mosque and a church standing next to each other. Admire the basilica’s stunning dome and minarets, and countless mosaics, paintings, columns, and mosaic gallery. Learn how the impressive İznik tiles were added over time in the Mosque, how the stunning Virgin Mary mosaic was made, and why the Ottomans chose to bury their sultans in the courtyard.

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Turkey: Istanbul & Cappadocia 6-Day Tour

4. Turkey: Istanbul & Cappadocia 6-Day Tour

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul Welcome to Turkey. On arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, a tour representative will meet you at the airport holding a sign with your name on it. You'll have a private transfer to your hotel in Istanbul. Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour After breakfast, you'll be picked up from your hotel to begin your tour of Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – its three names span more than 2600 years of history. You'll visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Then overnight in Istanbul. Please note: The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. When day 2 falls on a Sunday, the Grand Bazaar will be visited on day 3. Day 3: Full-Day Istanbul Tour After breakfast and pick up from your hotel, you'll visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. Then enjoy a boat trip on the Bosphorus River. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. In the afternoon, visit an underground cistern. Overnight in Istanbul. Day 4: Fly to Cappadocia and Tour You'll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the Istanbul airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Cappadocia where you can leave your luggage. Then head out to explore. The first stop is Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup. Then you'll head to Pigeons Valley and learn the importance of pigeons in Cappadocian culture. Finally, descend toward the center of the earth in the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and the deepest of the underground cities in Cappadocia. Overnight at a cave hotel. Day 5: Cappadocia Tour and fly to Istanbul After breakfast, you'll be picked up for the drive to Devrent Valley where you'll take a walk through this lunar landscape with its unusual rock formations. You'll see some of the best examples of fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, before proceeding to the town of Avanos. Avanos is famous for its tile and pottery workshops. Later visit the Goreme Open Air Museum where you will enjoy the fantastic rock churches and beautiful frescos decorating the walls. Then drive to the Uchisar Rock Castle for a breathtaking panorama view. You'll end the day visiting Esentepe Windy Hill for more panoramic views before transfer to the airport for the flight back to Istanbul. In Istanbul, you'll be transferred to the hotel for the night. Day 6: Home After breakfast check out from the hotel and enjoy your private transfer back to Istanbul Airport or to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport for your flight home.

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Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour with Local Guide

5. Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour with Local Guide

Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) was built between 1597 and 1664, also it is the second oldest covered bazaar in the city. You can find exotic aromas and various spices. It contains fruit vegetable, flower and fish shops inside. Rustem Pasha Mosque, for a tour. It was built by a famous Bosnian, Rüstem Pasha and designed by -one the most famous architect in history- Mimar Sinan. One of the most famous mosque in Istanbul for her interior design. Dolmabahce Palace, was the first European style palace. It was built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846.This is the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Also famous with the great collection of European antiquity. Ataturk lived the final part of his life in the palace and died there. Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and splits the European and Asian sides of Turkey. Bosphorus Bridge, pass through the bridge and watch the beautiful view. It is 1704m long and was the 4th longest bridge around the world. Don’t miss this unique chance to pass from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul city and Bosphorus. Take a little break for lunch here and enjoy the view while you are eating your tasty meal. Ortakoy, is a cosmopolitan area, bordering waters of the Bosphorus. Turks, Greeks, Armenians and Jews are leaving here. The neighbourhood hosts many different religious. It is also a popular spot for locals with art galleries, night clubs, and restaurants.

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Istanbul: Full-Day Small Group City Highlights Tour

6. Istanbul: Full-Day Small Group City Highlights Tour

Start your day of adventure with pickup from your hotel. Hop in to your air-conditioned vehicle and set off on your journey to see Istanbul’s greatest landmarks. See the incredible Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest architectural monuments in the country, and the largest cathedral in the world at one point in history. Then visit the Blue Mosque, and be amazed by the 20,000 blue tiles that adorn this stunning structure.  Continue to the Hippodrome of Constantinople. Discover the fascinating history of a building that once hosted chariot races and large political events. Inside the Hippodrome you will see the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpent Column, and the German Fountain. Continue on to Topkapi Palace, and extraordinary place that was once the center of the Ottoman Empire. Explore the rooms of the palace, exhibiting rich collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, shields, armor, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic manuscripts, and jewelry. Lastly, enjoy a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 60 streets and 5,000 shops. Here you will find clothing, rugs, antiques, jewelry, fabric, and more. Your tour concludes with a relaxing drive back to your accommodation.

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Istanbul: 4-Day City Excursion with Lodging

7. Istanbul: 4-Day City Excursion with Lodging

Discover the historic highlights of Istanbul on a 4-day guided city excursion with airport pickup and lodging included. Learn from an expert guide as you visit enchanting sites, both on and off the beaten path. Day 1, Arrival in Istanbul Arrive at the Istanbul Airport and receive a friendly welcome from your driver. Your driver will take you to your hotel to relax, rest and prepare for your excursion. Day 2: Treasures of Istanbul (Breakfast and Lunch) Begin your city tour with a visit to Hagia Sophia, the largest manmade construction at the time apart from the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. Next visit Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of the Sultan, and the last seat of the government for the Ottoman Empire. Continue on to the Hippodrome, built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203 AD. Next, visit the 17th-century Blue Mosque. End the day by wandering through the 4,000 shops of the Grand Bazaar, then head to your hotel in Istanbul to rest. Day 3: Princes Island Tour (Breakfast and Lunch) Embark on an adventure to Princes' Islands, and find colorful fruit trees, beautiful gardens with exotic flowers, and lush forests. Admire the massive Ottoman mansions, as well as Victorian summer villas as you relax on a horse-drawn carriage tour. Day 4: Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Bazaar Tour (Breakfast) Begin the final day of your tour with a visit to the Spice Bazaar; a trading spot for herbs and spices from around Egypt and Asia. Spend the afternoon cruising on the Strait of Istanbul and learn about the culture and history of the area. Admire views of marble palaces and small fishing villages along the shores.

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Istanbul: Full-Day Top Highlights Small Group Tour

8. Istanbul: Full-Day Top Highlights Small Group Tour

See the best of Istanbul on this full-day small-group tour alongside a licensed local guide. Dive deep into Istanbul's history and culture with 7 hours packed full of entertaining stories and world-famous sights. Get picked up at your hotel and enjoy a ride around the city in an air-conditioned deluxe tour vehicle, stopping in all of the most important landmarks, like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, with plenty of time to explore. Discover the fascinating history of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires of Istanbul, visit the former residence of Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Place, and bargain for souvenirs like the locals do at the Grand Bazaar.

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Istanbul: Old City Insider Walking Tour

9. Istanbul: Old City Insider Walking Tour

Explore the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace on this insider's walking tour. Learn fascinating history as you go with your local guide. Meet your guide at the legendary Hagia Sophia. They will introduce you to the stunning architecture of the building, before taking a trip inside. Hear fascinating stories and facts about the building's 1,500-year-old history while you get an up-close look at the world-famous mosaics incorporated into the building’s design. Next, move onto the 16th-century imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, renowned as the Blue Mosque. Admire its superb architecture as you learn all about this incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, discover stories of the Roman and Byzantine Empire as you stroll to the glorious Topkapi Palace. Visit the free-of-charge areas and learn about the history of the Ottoman Empire. End your tour inside the Palace's first courtyard. Let your guide give you insider tips on how to best enjoy the rest of the city, and learn how to explore the Palace and Harem at your own pace using free audio guide apps.

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Byzantine & Ottoman Istanbul Full-Day Shore Excursion

10. Byzantine & Ottoman Istanbul Full-Day Shore Excursion

Discover Turkey’s largest and most important city - and the only city in the world to straddle 2 continents - on a full-day shore excursion of Istanbul’s iconic Ottoman and Byzantine highlights. Visit the Blue Mosque, the historic Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, and the lively Grand Bazaar. Your private guide will meet you at the cruise ship terminal and transfer you by air-conditioned vehicle to the Hippodrome, former center of all sports and political activities in Constantinople. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain of Willhelm II. Continue to the exquisite Blue Mosque. One of the largest mosques in Istanbul, the 17th-century architecture is one of the principal adornments of Istanbul's skyline and most notable for its blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets. Visit Topkapi Palace, former imperial residence, from where the Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today it’s a spectacular museum, with one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, as well as the famous treasury of the Royal Family. Go to the church of St. Sophia, also known as the Hagia Sophia, and admire the magnificent Byzantine architecture. End at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. It has been in continuous operation since the 15th-century and is a haven for picking up souvenir gifts of carpets, antiques, trinkets, and bowls of nazar evil eye amulets. Return to your cruise ship in time for your evening activities, or ship’s departure.

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What people are saying about Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Excellent Tour! Mehmet our guide was very knowledgeable and very patient. We were a small group of 7 and this made the Tour more intimate and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this Tour when in Istanbul! 5 star rating!

Mehmit, our tour guide, was extremely friendly and provided enough contextual history after visiting each attraction. Would definitely recommend

It was a very interesting excursion. For me it was a supplementary to the day trip from the previous day to Haga Sophia and the Blue Mosqu

We had an amazing walking tour in Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque, our tour guide was really friendly and knowledgeable

The guide was very nice. I recommend this activity