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  1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Hagia Sophia

Istanbul: Full-Day Small Group City Highlights Tour

Product ID: 203017
Explore some of Istanbul’s most visited places such as the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a personalized full-day experience with a knowledgeable guide on this customized small group tour.
About this activity
Duration: 7 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Your centrally located Istanbul hotel.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • Enjoy a personalized experience on a small group tour
  • Relax with transportation in a luxury air-conditioned minibus
  • Learn the history of Istanbul from your local guide
  • Benefit from skip-the-line entry tickets
Full description
Start your day of adventure with pickup from your hotel. Hop in to your air-conditioned vehicle and set off on your journey to see Istanbul’s greatest landmarks. See the incredible Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest architectural monuments in the country, and the largest cathedral in the world at one point in history. Then visit the Blue Mosque, and be amazed by the 20,000 blue tiles that adorn this stunning structure. 

Continue to the Hippodrome of Constantinople. Discover the fascinating history of a building that once hosted chariot races and large political events. Inside the Hippodrome you will see the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpent Column, and the German Fountain. Continue on to Topkapi Palace, and extraordinary place that was once the center of the Ottoman Empire.

Explore the rooms of the palace, exhibiting rich collections of porcelain, robes, weapons, shields, armor, Ottoman miniatures, Islamic manuscripts, and jewelry. Lastly, enjoy a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 60 streets and 5,000 shops. Here you will find clothing, rugs, antiques, jewelry, fabric, and more. Your tour concludes with a relaxing drive back to your accommodation.
  • Full-day tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Skip-the-line admission fees to attractions
  • All sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from central Istanbul hotels
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Know before you go
• Please wear comfortable clothes
• It is recommended that you bring your camera
• Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with the Basilica Cistern
• Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and will be replaced with the Archaeological Museum
• Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays until 2:00 PM (you will only visit from the garden at this time)
• Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will be replaced with Arasta Bazaar
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 77 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Our guide Chiidam, was brilliant. She showed us the most important historical places such as the blue mosque, hagia sofia museum and Topkapi palace at a leisurely pace. She explained the significance of the places in Byzantine and ottoman history. She was able to relate to all members of our small group. I would highly recommend the small group historical tour. As all the places are within walking distance of each other we never felt tired.

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November 10, 2019

Good day

Tour guide very informative and friendly. Lunch was not great, food tasteless, rushed service, also doesn’t help your energy for the afternoon. Would have been nice for longer time as grand bizar. Driving around istanbul is crazy lots of traffic and tight gaps. Not worth the money paid. Would have gone alone and been more value for money.

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October 20, 2019

December 25, 2019

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Tour Altinkum

Product ID: 203017