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Istanbul in One Day Small-Group Tour

by Neon Tours
per adult Price is $90
Duration: {0} Duration: 8h Free Cancellation Free Cancellation No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels

Highlights

Guided visit to the UNESCO-listed Topkapi Palace

Blue Iznik ceramic tiles of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Impressive interior dome of the beautiful Hagia Sophia

Exploring the Basilica Cistern that lies beneath Istanbul

Small-group of 14 people for an intimate experience

Highlights

Guided visit to the UNESCO-listed Topkapi Palace

Blue Iznik ceramic tiles of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Impressive interior dome of the beautiful Hagia Sophia

Exploring the Basilica Cistern that lies beneath Istanbul

Small-group of 14 people for an intimate experience

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9:00 AM, Tour in English, includes Food Only

Duration 8h

Live Commentary in English.

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Total price is $90, taxes included

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Istanbul in One Day Small-Group Tour

Activity Location

Istanbul

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Istanbul City Center (Hotel Pickup)

    Istanbul


Description

Explore the best of Istanbul in a single day. Visit Topkapi Palace, discover the Blue Mosque, wander through the Cistern Basilica, stop at Hagia Sophia, indulge in a traditional Turkish meal, and end at the Grand Bazaar.

Drive toward the UNESCO-listed Topkapi Palace and pay it a visit. The palace used to be the primary residence of Ottoman sultans for 400 years. Continue to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque thanks to its blue Iznik ceramic tiles. Follow your guide to see its 6 famous minarets, the main dome, as well as the Byzantine Christian elements.

Carry on to Hagia Sophia, an impressive basilica from the 5th century, and see its interior with its stunning Shrine of Holy Wisdom of God and large Byzantine dome. Break for lunch at an authentic Turkish restaurant to indulge in a local dish before continuing to the Basilica Cistern.

Your guide tells you about the history of the Basilica Cistern, how it is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns in Istanbul. Wander through this exquisite site and admire some of its 336 Ionic and Corinthian marble columns that hold the ceiling. See the famous Hen's Eye engraved in one of them, as well as the head of a Medusa.

Then drive through the city, passing by the Hippodrome and Obelisk before ending your tour at the Grand Bazaar, where you can bargain for goods or simply stroll through the various shops.


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Istanbul, Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Cistern Basilica, and Grand Bazaar

  • Admission fees

  • Traditional lunch

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your Istanbul city center hotel

  • Live commentary provided in English


Exclusions

  • Beverages


Know Before You Book

  • Children 4 and younger are complimentary.

  • Maximum group size is 14 people.

  • If Topkapi Palace is closed, you will visit Istanbul Archaeology Museum instead.

  • If Hagia Sophia is closed, you will visit Istanbul Chora Museum instead.

  • If Underground Cistern is closed, you will visit Nakkas Cistern instead.

  • The sequence of the places you visit may change depending on the hours of operation of each day.


Istanbul in One Day Small-Group Tour ratings based on 47 Verified Reviews

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4.3 out of 5

5/5 Sep 1, 2019

Guide was excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Saw everything list and a few other side attractions. Lunch was good, but note, food is very inexpensive in Istanbul. I would definitely recommend.

Kenneth E

United States

5/5 Aug 26, 2019

Great tour with only 6 people on this occasion. Very good English speaking guide and a really good four course lunch in a very nice Turkish restaurant. But be warned it’s all walking and you need to be quite fit!!!!

Julia L

United Kingdom