8 hours (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Offered in: English
Discover the mighty monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, as you journey through Istanbul’s vibrant past on this full-day small-group tour by luxury minivan. Explore the infamous harem and dazzling treasury of Topkapi Palace; stand in awe beneath the magnificent dome of Hagia Sophia; and learn how the Hippodrome was once used for chariot races. With numbers limited to 12, you’ll enjoy personalised attention from your guide, who can help you haggle for souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar, or offer insight into religious traditions as you visit the Blue Mosque.
- Full-day tour of Istanbul’s Byzantine and Ottoman highlights
- Travel around UNESCO-listed Sultanahmet by luxury Mercedes minivan and visit five historical landmarks
- Discover the Hagia Sophia, perhaps Istanbul’s greatest architectural masterpiece
- Marvel at the riches of the Topkapi Palace, the historical residence of Ottoman sultans
- Behold the minarets and blue, Iznik-tiled interiors of the Blue Mosque
- Visit the Grand Bazaar and the Hippodrome, once the scene of ancient chariot races
- Enjoy the personalized attention of a guide on a small-group tour limited to 12 people
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes minivan
Food and drinks
Departure & Return
Departure PointTraveler pickup is offered
We provide Free Pick up from all Cruise Ship Ports, and Hotels in Sultanahmet - Fatih - Taksim - Beyoglu - Sisli - Besiktas - Harbiye - Ortakoy areas.
- Istanbul Port
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
- OPERATED BY City of Sultans
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
- For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
- If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
- Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
- Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
Learn more about cancellations.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar?
A:The policies on sanitization are:
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar?
A:The policies on social distancing are:
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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