Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Turkey, İstanbul, Istanbul
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  • 8 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Discover the main highlights in Istanbul’s old town during this small size full day tour with an expert tour guide. Visit old town, the Unesco world Heritage sites, see the acknowledged archaeological and natural monuments, unrivalled artifacts during the tour and will enjoy the privileges that we will gladly arrange for your utmost pleasure to explore the Turkish way. This tour runs everyday 09:00 – 17:00 and there will be 1 – 10 people in the group.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Our accredited guide will assist you to enter the mosque and will give you all the detailed explanations about the world famous historical building. Blue Mosque is partly under renovation, we can enter the mosque but some parts are not allowed to visit.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Kapali Carsi, Kalpakcilar Cad. Sorguclu Han No: 22, Istanbul 34126 Turkey

Our accredited guide will accompany you during your visit and will give you all the detailed explanations about the bazaar.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Our accredited guide will assist you to enter the mosque and will give you all the detailed explanations about the world famous historical building.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

Our accredited guide will give you all the detailed explanations about all the historical monuments in this square.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

Our accredited guide will assist you to enter the museum with prepaid ticket and will give you all the detailed explanations about the palace.

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off (hotel locations should be in city centre, please check our radius)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace

Exclusions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Pick up and drop off at airports or hotels out of city centre (additional fee)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please Note:Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Underground Cistern. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will be replaced with Spice Bazaar.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • While visiting a mosque in Istanbul, women need to cover their heads, shoulders, knees. You can carry your own scarf to cover your head but please note scarves are provided at the entrance of every mosque (available at a charge). If you are wearing leggings, tights or skirts, wraps will be provided at the entrance (available at a charge).
  • For the ladies, a headscarf and decent dress covering shoulders and legs are required during their visit to mosque. You can carry your own scarf to cover your head but please note disposable scarves are provided at the entrance of every mosque (.available at a charge).
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please be aware of that there is a lot of walking in this tour. We can't use vehicle between sites since centre of Sultanahmet area is closed to traffic.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Departure Point

Serpent Column, Binbirdirek, Atmeydanı Cd. No:53, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Traveler pickup is offered
Depends on hotel's location, sometimes we can't use vehicle since vehicles are not allowed in some parts of old city.
We don't have free pick up and drop off service from hotels located out of city centre and airports.

Ports

  • Galataport
  • Sarayburnu


Departure Time


Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.
Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul
1/1/2019 - 12/31/2023

Monday - Sunday : 08:30 AM - 09:00 AM


Return Details

Grand Bazaar, Beyazıt Kapalı Çarşı, Beyazıt, 34396 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Ravindra_J

17 Nov, 2022

A very well-conducted and informative tour of the main historical tourist sites of Istanbul. Omer was a very knowledgeable guide and in addition to describing the sites themselves also gave us a number of insights into the history, culture and society of Turkey. The only observation I had is that though a minivan is part of the package, it is there only to pick up guests from their respective hotels to the meeting point and from there, to the entrance to the Blue Mosque. From then on, it is a purely walking tour.

Brian_S

17 Nov, 2022

Our guide was very knowledgeable, the pace was just right and we totally enjoyed our day. The group size enabled ongoing conversations and helped us stay together.

Hiba_A

15 Nov, 2022

The tour was excellent, especially our tour guide Omer. I just want to thank you for making our trip to turkey fun and memorable

Taylor_P

14 Nov, 2022

Burhan was an excellent tour guide! He was very knowledgeable and friendly. This tour covered some major sites in a day, which was perfect for me as I was limited on time to sightsee. Topkapi Palace was the clear winner. Istanbul is so ancient that it is difficult to get a handle on the layers of history without help. I know I would not have enjoyed any of the sights nearly as much without Burhan providing the historical background and pointing out tiny but very interesting things I would have completely missed. One thing I would definitely recommend is to bring the most comfortable and soft shoes you have. We didn't walk that much, but we did spend a lot of time standing on hard / uneven ground, especially in the impressively long line for the Hagia Sofia. Bring cash for snacks (simit, corn, and chestnuts) and for the Grand Bazaar. It's also helpful to have your own head scarf (for women) and a bag for your shoes when you visit the Mosques as it saves time entering and leaving. Great tour for those who don't have time to linger!

Dan_W

13 Nov, 2022

Our tour guide did a great job of showing us the sights around the city. It was too bad that the lines were so long and the blue mosque was currently being renovated. Not the tour fault, but maybe time would have been better served to skip the blue mosque (nothing to see) and direct our attention to another site. Tour guide was great and we enjoyed her knowledge.

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