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Istanbul Highlights Small Group Walking Tours

Product ID: 176916
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Discover the highlights of Istanbul in two walking tours with a professional tour guide.
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Duration: 7 hours - 2 days
Starting time 9:30 AM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn from a professional tour guide
  • Benefit from being in a small group
  • See the stunning sites in Istanbul
  • Skip the long lines at Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Dolmabahce Palace
  • Enjoy free internet connection during the tour
Full description
Itinerary One:

Meet your guide in front of the Hagia Sophia. Visit the Hippodrome, which at one time was the center of Byzantine social and recreational life. A few parts of this spectacular site remain, including the Obelisk of Thutmose III and Serpent Column. Near the Hippodrome is the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Its exceptional architectural design features 1 main dome, 8 secondary domes, 6 minarets, and a vast number of blue tiles, hence the name. The Blue Mosque was built during the reign of Ahmed the First. It continues to function as a mosque as well as being one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Across from the Blue Mosque is Hagia Sophia. Walk behind the Hagia Sophia to see the Topkapi Palace, which dates back to 1459. It served as the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 4 centuries. In 1924, it was officially declared a museum. 

After a break for lunch, visit the Hagia Sophia. It served both Christianity and Islam at different times in history. When it was first built in 537, it was an Eastern Orthodox church. In 1453, when Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, the hall was transformed into an imperial mosque. Later on, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum. Complete the tour in the Grand Bazaar, which is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. There are 61 covered streets and more than 3,000 shops offering almost anything you might need or desire. The bazaar is a part of the walled city and was built between the years 1455 and 1461. 

Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday so instead visit the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum and Basilica Cistern.
Hagia Sofia is closed on Monday (1st November - 31st March) instead visit Hagia Irene Church.
The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday so instead visit Arasta or the spice market.

Itinerary Two:

Meet in front of the Hagia Sophia and take the tramway to Dolmabahçe. Begin with the Dolmabahçe Mosque, which is a Baroque and Rococo style mosque from the 19th century. Take a public boat to Bosphorus to see both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. Admire landmarks such as Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Küçüku Mosque. See the luxury wooden houses, known as yali, which were built along the Bosphorus. 

Visit Dolmabahçe Palace, which is one of the most impressive buildings in Istanbul. Its construction began in 1842 and took 12 years to complete. Take the tramway to go to Karakoy. Walk on the Galat Bridge, take a lunch break, and then head to the Spice Market. See all kinds of spices and delights from Turkey and other countries. In addition to the spices find caviar, jewelry, and souvenirs.
Includes
  • Professional guide
  • Headsets
  • Entrance tickets for attractions
  • Skip-the-line tickets to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Dolmabahce Palace
  • Free WiFi
What’s Not Included
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees (unless add-on selected)
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
Know before you go
• The entrance tickets will be arranged and you must pay entrance fees to your guide, unless you select the entrance fee add-on at checkout
• The entrance fee for Topkapi Palace is 72 TRY
• The entrance fee for Hagia Sophia is 72 TRY
• The entrance fee for Dolmabahce Palace is 60 TRY
• The entrance fee for Bosphorus is 20 TRY
• You will use the tramway as transport on the second day

From £22.96 per person

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Los Picos Travel

Product ID: 176916