1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Hagia Sophia

Istanbul: Small Group Skip-the-Line Luxury Day Tour

Product ID: 59221
Explore the best of Istanbul’s Byzantine and Ottoman monuments on a 7-hour luxury sightseeing tour. Discover where East meets West at 5 top attractions, including the Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace, and learn more about the powerful empires.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, Chinese, English, Japanese, Portuguese
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Pick-up from your hotel or cruise ship in Istanbul
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore the best of Istanbul’s Byzantine and Ottoman monuments
  • Skip the long lines with pre-paid entry tickets
  • Enjoy a full course lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant
  • Marvel at the blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque
  • Go to the former residence of the Ottoman sultans
  • See the former Hippodrome of Constantinople
  • Admire the splendid architecture of the Hagia Sophia
Full description
Discover the only city in the world on 2 continents - where east meets west - on a full-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul by luxury minibus.

Following a pick-up from your hotel or cruise ship, visit the Hippodrome to explore the former center of sport and political activities in Constantinople. Marvel at the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, and fountain of Wilhelm II. Continue to the iconic Blue Mosque, known for its glorious blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets.

Admire the former imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace, and learn how the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today, the palace is a spectacular museum, with one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, along with the famous treasury of the Royal Family.

Next, go to the Hagia Sophia, a magnificent Byzantine Church that is considered one of the finest architectural works of art in the world. Stroll the alleys and warrens of the Grand Bazaar, and interact with the vendors selling their rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather, and souvenirs. Transfer back to your hotel or cruise ship for the end of the tour services.
  • Transportation by luxury Mercedes minibus
  • English-speaking guide
  • All entrance tickets
  • Full course lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that as Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, tours on these days will visit the Basilica Cistern instead
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Having prepared nothing before arriving, I booked this excursion at the last minute. Despite a hotel on the outskirts of the center, the mini bus took me and brought me back to the hotel. I myself work in tourism and I was very pleasantly surprised by the professionalism and the attentions of the Guide Baris. After 15 years of exercise he is not tired of telling us the story with very good English. Road traffic was extremely busy, however the guide tries to manage and regularly advises us on things to do or avoid. We also had several moments of freedom (among others in the Grand Bazaar). This day seduced me which then allowed me to venture alone. We also eat well. The group was dynamic by luck. Thank you.

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October 27, 2019

Our guide was very informative on the sites we visited but unfortunately some people don’t respect the times that you are given to see the sites and had a problem waiting for people .The food was average and I must say there is a bit of walking as you have to cover quite a bit of ground especially in the Palace

October 25, 2019

Every thing was good and very well organized, the tour guide was friendly and very experienced. In general very good experience

September 5, 2019

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Product ID: 59221