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Istanbul City Sightseeing Tour & Turkish Dinner & Show

Product ID: 58005
Enjoy a combination of 2 of the best-selling tours in Istanbul. See the city’s top attractions and landmarks on a sightseeing tour. Then you’ll experience Turkish culture and cuisine on a cruise featuring a 4-course dinner and traditional entertainment.
About this activity
Duration: 16 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Free transfer service from European side and from City center hotels only. Hotels location must be; Sultanahmet-Laleli-Topkapı-Aksaray-Taksim-Sirkeci and Şişli Area.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a combination of 2 best-selling Istanbul tours
  • See the city’s top attractions on a guided sightseeing tour
  • Experience the perfect introduction to Turkish culture and cuisine on a dinner cruise with a show
Full description
Start your day with an 8-hour city sightseeing tour by luxury coach, seeing all of Istanbul’s top attractions with an expert local guide.

The focus of the tour is on the Sultanahmet or Old City area, where you’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque. Contrast Hagia Sophia’s fascinating Ottoman-era and Byzantine architecture with the extravagance of the Blue Mosque, which was built to rival it. Admire the Mosque’s 6 minarets and interior Iznik wall tiles, while your guide tells you about the demanding sultan who designed it.

Then head underground inside the Basilica Cistern to discover Istanbul’s sunken palace, featured in the James Bond movie, From Russia with Love. As you stroll around its magnificent columns, you’ll learn about the cistern’s colorful history and its numerous renovations over the years.

After a break for lunch at a Sultanahmet restaurant, you’ll continue on to Topkapi Palace, where you’ll step back in time to a world when sultans and their harems ruled Istanbul. Explore the palace’s ornate Imperial Treasury, and then head back outside to visit Istanbul’s Hippodrome.

You’ll hear about the chariot races, polo games, royal celebrations, and brutal massacres that took place here, and envisage its former glory on a walk around the grounds.

The last stop of the day tour will be the Grand Bazaar, which is one of the world largest covered markets. Find the best spots to shop in this amazing souk before returning to your Istanbul hotel by coach.

Note that you’ll have approximately 2 hours at leisure before your evening program begins.

You will then board one of Istanbul’s finest cruise for an evening of traditional Turkish culture and cuisine. Relax over a delicious 4-course dinner with wine, beer, and soft drinks, and then sit back and enjoy a live belly dancing and Anatolian folklore show.

After the show, your guide will take you back to your central Istanbul hotel.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from city center hotels
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Belly dancing show
  • 4-course dinner with drinks
What’s Not Included
  • Imported drinks
  • Tips

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Camera
Know before you go
• Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and the visit will be replaced with Istanbul 2 Continents
• The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, and you will have additional time to spend at the other locations instead
Customer reviews
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A great Istanbul experience!

This was our first visit to Istanbul on our first day there and was just so impressed by the experience. Aside from the wonderful places that this city has, the tour company and the guide was really the best. I hope I remembered our tour guide name, but he was very knowledgeable. And the entertainment at the dinner, was very fun and we had a great time. Dinner was great, I just hoped weather was nice, but it was understandable as we were still at winter time. I definitely will come another time in more warm weather!

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March 31, 2019

Good tour

City tour was good, and our guide was informative (there were a few times where we took a bus rather than walked for five minutes, but I guess not everyone likes walking). The dinner and show was fun.. sights on the cruise were beautiful, open bar, interesting people on the tour.

April 5, 2016

The tours were fantastic and exceeded our expectations.

Our tour guide was outstanding. He was extremely knowledgeable. He also gave us plenty of free time for photography, shopping, and exploring on our own. The tour itself exceeded our expectations. We definitely hit all the "highlights" of Istanbul.

June 18, 2016

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Product ID: 58005