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Istanbul Private Full-Day Classics Tour with Options

Istanbul Private Full-Day Classics Tour with Options

From $175.97 per group up to 2

Visit the classic monuments of Istanbul on a full-day private tour, on an itinerary that includes the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. Marvel at the architectural grandeur and opulence of these iconic sites.

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Duration 6 hours
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English, French, German, Italian
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Experience

Highlights
  • See the classic sites of Istanbul on a private guided tour
  • Marvel at the exceptional architecture and history of the Blue Mosque
  • Visit Topkapi Palace, home to Ottoman sultans for 4 centuries
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar, where anything you might want is available
Full description
Your full-day tour begins with a morning visit to 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 the Serpent Column. The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is located next to the Hippodrome. Its exceptional architectural design features 1 main dome, 8 secondary domes, 6 minarets, and a vast number of blue tiles – hence the name. Built during the reign of Ahmed the First, the Blue Mosque continues to function as a mosque as well as being one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Next is a visit to Topkapi Palace, which dates back to 1459. It served as the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 4 centuries. In 1924, the palace was officially declared a museum. The Palace covers a large site and features several buildings. You’ll see a fine collection of Imperial and Ottoman utensils, relics, caftans, and portraits of the sultans. Following your visit to Topkapi Palace it will time for a lunch break, and your guide will recommend some restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Turkish cuisine. After lunch you’ll take a tour of Hagia Sophia, which 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. Approximately 5 centuries later, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum. After visiting Hagia Sophia you’ll travel to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, comprising 61 covered streets and more than 3,000 shops offering almost anything you might need. The bazaar is a part of the walled city and was built during the years 1455-1461.
Includes
  • Tour guide
  • Pre-reserved entrance tickets
  • Transportation (unless transportation option is chosen)
  • Admission fees for sites visited (unless this option is chosen)
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips/gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 3 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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Very interesting and entertaining tour of the classic sights of Istanbul with the perfectly German speaking guide Kenan. Very flexible, quick and clear communication with the agency, punctual collection. We booked with a vehicle, which is only partially worthwhile, as almost everything is easily accessible on foot. However, the driver picked us up from the hotel, which was an hour's drive away, and brought us back again. That would certainly be cheaper, but his explanations and the very good service were also worth the price. Overall, highly recommended, if not cheap.

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August 7, 2021

The guide spoke perfect French and taught us a lot of things about the culture, the history of modern Turkey .... he adapted his program to our wishes and left us some tips for the rest (restaurant etc) which were perfect .

August 17, 2019

I recommend this tour to everyone, Cem guided us throughout the day with great experience and who answered all our questions. Congratulations, highly recommended

January 16, 2020

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