1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Istanbul Ottoman Splendors: 4-Hour Tour

Product ID: 1003
Spend the morning exploring Istanbul's Ottoman past at the enchanting Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Pickup included

Pick-up is available for centrally located Istanbul hotels. For the city center hotels: Guest should call the local supplier to get their exact pick-up time. The pick-up times will also be sent by fax or e-mail to the hotels the day before tour departure date. Please advise hotel name and address.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore Topkapi Palace
  • See the world's third largest diamond
  • Discover the treasures housed in the Topkapi Museum
  • Visit the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque)
  • Check out the Imperial Treasury and Armory
Full description
Discover Istanbul's treasures from the Ottoman Empire, beginning at the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the principle residence of the empire's sultans for 4 centuries.

The palace is now a museum, hosting extravagant gifts from other leaders of the epoch, including the priceless Spoonmaker's Diamond; the third largest in the world. The Topkapi Museum also boasts an impressive collection of early Chinese ceramics. Here, you can see ceramics that have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison.

Visit the Imperial Treasury housed within the palace, and check out Baghdad Kiosk. Stroll through the ground's glorious courtyards. See the Imperial Treasury's remarkable ancient trees where many are hollow, some are fused together, but all survive. Then see centuries of Ottoman weaponry at the Imperial Armory.

The Blue Mosque is an iconic monument in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds. The stunning structure was built in the classical Ottoman style, and features 6 towering minarets and 260 windows that provide illumination for its vast inner chamber that is lined with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation and round-trip hotel transfer
What’s Not Included
  • Customary gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The Istanbul cruise port. Please be advised that guide will be holding a “Neon Tours” sign at custom area at the cruise port. Please advise cruise ship details.

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Important information
Know before you go
The Blue Mosque is closed from 1st of March until 15th of May 2018 due to maintenance work; during this period Suleymaniye Mosque will be visited instead of the Blue Mosque

Tours run daily. Exact times can vary between 08:00 and 09:00, depending on your hotel's location.

The supplier reserves the right to change the tour itinerary in the event of unforeseen and/or unusual circumstances such as museum closures, holidays, strikes, etc.

Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays, until around 14:00. Another place will be visited or more free time will be given.

Please contact the supplier 24 hours before tour departure to confirm your booking.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    2.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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It was a shame. It was not a guided tour. The guide just showed us where the key points of the palace were located. After that, she gave us just one hour to visit all the palace... by ourselves! We even had to pay extra money to visit some parts of the palace.

August 26, 2019

Istanbul rip off

I would not recommend Neon Tours as they did not deliver what they had advertised. Also they failed to respond to emails and telephone calls whilst in Istanbul either when it came to collecting us form our hotel or complaints about the tour afterwards. The only redeeming factor was that the guide was knowledgable for the sights we did see. Our tour started at 9am and was finished by 11.15 not the 4 hours advertised-we could have spent more time in the Topkapi Palace and the Suleymaniye Mosque was omitted altogether.

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July 1, 2015

A good sample of the Ottoman Empire.

Everything worked fine, excellent organization, very professional guide, but the main attraction (Topkapi Palace) requires more time to be visited. With the exception of the limitation of time, the rest was very good.

June 12, 2013

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Neon Tours

Product ID: 1003