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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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  • Full-day tour of Istanbul's essential sites
  • Choose a small-group tour for a more personal experience
  • Relax over a 4-course lunch at a traditional restaurant
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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
From USD 65.00
Overview
Experience Istanbul’s timeless sights on a full-day tour of the city’s stunning historic places. Listen for the ancient echoes of pounding hooves and charioteers at Hippodrome Square and spot the distinctive tiles of the Blue Mosque. See the Byzantine mosaics and minarets of St. Sophia, then follow in the footsteps of powerful sultans, courtiers and generals at Topkapi Palace, where Ottomans ruled for hundreds of years. Visit an Orthodox church turned Ottoman mosque before finishing your tour in the vibrant Grand Bazaar, browsing bright displays of handicrafts, carpets and souvenirs.
What to Expect
Your tour starts at Hippodrome Square and covers the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II as the first stop. You continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the largest of Istanbul. It is one of the principal adornments on the skyline and also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Then you visit St. Sophia, one of the most magnificent Byzantine churches, and nominated the 8th wonder of the world by many historians. Continue to Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled but today a museum holding large collections of Japanese and Chinese porcelains and displaying holy relics. After Topkapi Palace, you will proceed to Little Hagia Sofia. The tour ends at the Grand Bazaar tempting souvenir-hunters with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery and leather. Lunch in a local restaurant and hotel pick up and drop off are included in the tour price.
Reviews (31)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Excellent Day

We were picked up promptly at 8:15 am from our hotel and had two more stops before starting our tour of the Old City highlights. We were a small group of 8 and our guide Selcuk Ersan was extremely professional, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and professional. His...More

1  Thank PamelaP991
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Religious Istanbul

The Magnificent Blue Mosque should be One of The Wonders of The Real World.From our Hotel The Deluxe Golden Horn in Sultanamet we were so close to The Blue Mosque from our Breakfast table and also we had a clear view of the Hagia Sophia...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank umeshs605
Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile
Very rushed and overpriced.

We were collected and dropped back to our hotel promptly. Our tour guide Dana was lovely and informative.The sites were lovely but unfortunately we were very restricted on time especially at Hagia Sophia where we were only given 20minutes to walk around which was way...More

8  Thank JennyA2077
Reviewed 21 December 2018
Great service.

I loved the full day classic istanbul tour. Our guide, Selcuk , was knowledgeable, courteous and fun. He made the day truly memorable with his conversations, insights and multi faceted knowlege of religions, history and politics.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank aniket314
Reviewed 18 December 2018
Own time, own target

We were on our own without a tour guide. Bought the package tickets and took our own time starting early in the morning and ended at the end of the day. The place was huge so you need time to walk and read and admire...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Lin L
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I was most certainly given enough time at all the monuments. But to be fair, my group was very small. If it is a large group and one or two of the group wanders off longer than they are given by the guide at the... More
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