Guided tour

Full-Day Istanbul City Package Tour

2.8 / 5

5 reviews

Full-Day Istanbul City Package Tour

From $47.26 per person

Discover the famous sights in Istanbul on this full-day tour of the city. Admire the architecture at Hagia Sophia, explore Topkapı Palace, marvel at the design of the Blue Mosque, visit the ancient hippodrome, and explore the shops at the Grand Bazaar.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 day
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Live tour guide
English, Turkish
Pickup included
Pick-up transfer from your hotel in Istanbul at approximately 09:00

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a full-day historical tour of Istanbul
  • Visit Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest architectural marvels
  • Learn about the history of the Ottoman sultans at the Topkapı Palace
  • Admire the beautiful interior decoration of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque
  • See the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine at the ancient hippodrome
  • Explore the many shops at the Grand Bazaar
Full description
After breakfast between 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM, get picked up from your hotel. Visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle, and enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Across from St. Sophia, built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. The Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. Then visit the Hagia Sophia, previously known as the Church of Divine Wisdom, simply the best of its kind. Hagia Sophia is the greatest surviving example of Byzantine Architecture. For 1,000 years it was the largest church in the world, decorated with stunning 6th-century golden mosaics. Today it is a mosque. Enjoy a lunch break at 1:00 PM. After lunch, experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewelry, the handcrafts center, and a modern leatherwear show. Enjoy the experience of shopping while gaining knowledge of the ancient craftsmen with a local guide of knowledge who will teach you how to haggle on the streets of Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul.
Includes
  • Pick-up transfer from your hotel in Istanbul at approximately 09:00
  • Guided full-day Istanbul city tour
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Return transfer to your hotel at approximately 16:00
  • Food
  • Drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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  • Headscarf

Know before you go

  • Please do not forget to carry a scarf to wear in the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia Mosque.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

2.8 /5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Value for money
    2.3/5
  • Safety
    3/5
  • Service
    3.7/5
  • Organization
    2.7/5

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Wonderful tour

Overall it was a very good tour. They pick us up on time and we get into a small group. The guide is good at explaining things, we got lots of informations for him. Lunch is delicous as well. The only regretfull part is we dont have enough time to shop at grand bazaar.

September 27, 2017

Guide was terrible. Her English was absolutely out of order. We paid much too much for nothing Never again !!!

January 16, 2019

Do not buy this tour as it is not what it seams. We bought this under the pretense that when it makes sense we would be in a car/can driving from spot to spot, for which we were sacrificing the included lunch (see other tour also on GYG), not the case at all logged about 20k steps and paid the same amount. We also didn’t get a ride back to our hotel, rather took the metro from the old city (one of our tour members got pick pocketed as well on this metro ride).

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July 21, 2018

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