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Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

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Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more

Overview

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
Local guide
Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes minivan
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler 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.

Ports

  • Sarayburnu
  • Salipazari
  • 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.

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Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar.

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star-4
Great way to see the top attractions of Istanbul
Jody M
, May 2019
Viator used Gulliver Tours for this 8-hour tour that allowed the group to visit the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. Given that I was only in Istanbul for a few days (two at a conference), I really needed a guided tour to fit in the major sites. My group had an experienced tour guide and one who was learning from him. The training guide came to recognize that I was truly interested in the history, so he walked with me and really filled in details. I felt like I had a private guide! The sites were spectacular. The only reason I give 4 rather than 5 stars is that other members of the group really held us up by not following instructions or paying attention. So there were two occasions in which we lost a total of over an hour just waiting for others. That was frustrating. Overall, though, this was a great tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you so much for your review. It was our great pleasure to serve you in Istanbul. We hope to see you again in Turkey with a longer trip..
star-5
Very nice tour. The guide Eren was...
Francisco M
, Oct 2015
Very nice tour. The guide Eren was excellent. He knew all the short cuts and a lot on interesting information. Highly recommend it.
star-5
First off, I want to qualify my...
Michael W
, Jun 2015
First off, I want to qualify my review. I am a licensed tour guide in Israel so I have high expectations and am very aware of the difficulties in this field. That being said, I was extremely impressed by our tour guide, Eren. Eren is one of the principals the tour company and an extremely knowledgeable and professional guide. I was picked up on time and we traveled in a Mercedes Mini Bus. Our guide made sure that not only were we well informed about the history, architecture, and religious significance of each site but Eren had plenty of inside tips for us as well. I was pleasantly surprised by Eren's candor regarding Turkish politics. His national pride did not overly color his opinions a very tough thing to accomplish but very important as a tour guide. Overall I was truly impressed with the tour and especially with our guide. I will be going back for a more in-depth tour later this year and will use Eren again for sure. I highly recommend this tour and if possible, request Eren as your guide.
star-5
It was, indeed, a wonderful journey...
Hans
, Apr 2015
It was, indeed, a wonderful journey. This was the first time we had ever tried a guided trip, but now I know it is an excellent way to travel.You planned for us so well, and took care of all the difficult details so we could concentrate on the beauty, the rich cultural history, and the kind and friendly people of Turkey.
star-3
Very informative tour, however guide...
Reg S
, Apr 2015
Very informative tour, however guide was not very personable and the tour was rather generic. The guide's knowledge of history and the sites was great. On a few occasions, we lost a few members of the group due to the sheer number of tourists around, so it would be a good idea for the guide to have a distinguishing flag of some kind for group members to look for! We didn't have enough time to see everything at Dolmabace Palace as the multiple lines were too long given our time to see everything, but what we did see was great. Lunch on the tour was relatively Americanized, but good. Extra costs for drinks. All in all a good tour, very informative and historical, great opportunities for photos, and an excellent way to surpass the long lines of the top tourist destinations in Istanbul.

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