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Fatih, Turkey
Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour

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Overview

Experience Turkey’s Ottoman and Byzantine eras during this full-day guided Istanbul city tour in the Sultanahmet district. Aboard a comfortable coach, head to top attractions like Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and the UNESCO-listed museum Hagia Sophia. Witness the lively atmosphere of one of the world’s largest covered markets - the Grand Bazaar. Prior to lunch, enjoy engaging stories about sultans and their harems and other Istanbul lore from your friendly local guide.
  • Visit Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at its Ottoman and Byzantine architecture
  • Walk around the Blue Mosque and then visit Topkapi Palace
  • Pass top Istanbul attractions like the Hippodrome and the Golden Horn
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Donations: Blue Mosque
Lunch
Gratuities
Drinks

Departure Point

Sultan Ahmet, Küçük Ayasofya Cd. No:14, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Please be ready in front of Tamara Restaurant at 0815 and look for blue and white Midibus/Minivan with the logo of Plan Tours and Gray Line

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

Gümüşsuyu Mahallesi, Gümüşsuyu, Osmanlı Sk. 1/B, 34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Please be ready in front of The Marmara Hotel at Taksim Square at 08:15 and look for blue and white Midibus/Minivan with the logo of Plan Tours and Gray Line

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at your hotel for pickup for your city tour. Hop into a coach and head to the neighborhood of Sultanahmet which is brimming with Istanbul’s finest attractions. Enter the iconic Hagia Sophia which was originally constructed as a church, then converted to a mosque and is now a must-visit museum. Gaze at its magnificent architecture built in the 6th century and learn about its Byzantine and Ottoman influences. 

Next, follow your guide through Istanbul Hippodrome towards the Blue Mosque. On the way, see the epicenter of political and sporting activity during Ottoman Empire rule. Hear stories about the epic chariot races and riots that once took place here. Then, approach the Blue Mosque and marvel at the six towering minarets that outline Istanbul’s famous skyline. Continue into the mosque with your guide and admire its dome decorated with vibrant blue Iznik tiles which are connected to its etymology.

After leaving the Blue Mosque, stroll to the colorful and lively Grand Bazaar to witness this eclectic covered market. Explore frankincense-laden alleys with stalls and shops overflowing with Turkish rugs, intricate wares, and even tasty kebabs. Revel in the exciting atmosphere, but stay close to your guide as this hectic market can be difficult to maneuver. 

Break for a bite to eat at a restaurant before you voyage by coach to one of the largest and oldest palaces the world has ever known - Topkapi Palace. One of Turkey’s most important museums, see ancient relics and elegant artifacts. Walk through the beautiful courtyards that overlook the Bosphorus Strait and hear lore about sultans and the harems they once operated 500 years ago. Exit the palace and return by coach to your hotel where your tour ends.

Please note: Blue Mosque will be visited from outside on Friday mornings due to noon prayer. Grand Bazaar on Sundays will be replaced with authentic shops. Topkapı Palace on Tuesdays will be replaced with a tour to Byzantium, and Sultan Tombs on Mondays will be replaced with Little Hagia Sophia (St. Sergius & Bacchus). Hagia Sophia (Closed on Mondays; will be replaced with Undergournd Cistern).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kapali Carsi
Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hagia Sophia Mosque
Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hippodrome
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the onuments decorating the Hippodrome.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Topkapi Palace
Topkapı Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Turbes Museum
Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: When reconfirming your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Plan Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • 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 Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour ?
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 Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour ?
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 Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour ?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 26 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour - Full Day Istanbul City Tour .

Reviews

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star-4
Good tour. Just stay away from the carpet shops unless you really want to buy a carpet.
Cobus_V
, Jul 2021
Arrangements were spot on. We were picked up from the pre-agreed location and dropped off with the tour leader near the Blue Mosque. There was a lot of walking involved. But the tour leader did not rush us. He was very knowledgeable. All in all n good tour if you like history. Recommended.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Our guests are free to spend their free time on their own. During the 'free time', if you seem interested with any shop item, you'll be welcome by a seller at this point. Best Regards
star-5
Excellent tour
georgiosmavridis
, Aug 2019
You get to see everything in one day! highly recommended, out tour guide was very good and he explained everything of each place we visited
star-4
istanbul
Corina C
, Jan 2019
Very nice and interesting to visit objectives. too expensive for getting almost a walking tour between objectives.
star-5
I booked this whole day tour last...
Donna Marie Z
, Mar 2018
I booked this whole day tour last week to have a guided one in Istanbul. Topeka museum is closed during Tuesdays and so we were brought to some old churches in the afternoon. The Chora Church, Bulgarian metal church of St Stephen, Chirch st George that belonged to the Orthodox and another church of the blessed Virgin Mary . The tour guides for both morning and afternoon trips are very learned.
star-4
Great tour with an excellent guide...
Madhavan V
, Nov 2017
Great tour with an excellent guide Umut. Learnt a lot about the city, the culture and the history. Rain played spoil sport and hence could not cover the Hippodrome. The organisers can include umbrellas on rainy days. Umut was friendly, humourous and wise and spoke good English and Spanish. If possible, tours could be separated to only one of the languages without Umut multitasking. Though lunch wasn't great, it wasnt bad either.
star-5
Wonderful. Saw most important sites...
robertacreuben36
, Sep 2016
Wonderful. Saw most important sites very efficiently. Guide well informed and very pleasant. Info delivery by guide exceptional.
star-4
The long walks was well worth it and...
Max Lloyd Jr L
, May 2016
The long walks was well worth it and you get to have enough time to enjoy each place at your own pace.
star-5
We were very lucky to have the same...
Carlos P
, Dec 2015
We were very lucky to have the same tour guide for this tour, once again his knowledge about Istanbul was outstanding, we learned a lot and we are making plans to return to Turkey again.
star-5
enjoyed istanbul's major sights...
Eduardo T
, Sep 2015
enjoyed istanbul's major sights. knowledgeable guide Ike. will recommend to friends.
star-3
This was a good tour to some...
Nigel S
, Sep 2015
This was a good tour to some interesting and famous attractions, but it was not the tour we had booked and paid for. The tour we booked included an afternoon at the Topkapi Palace, and this was confirmed in the tour information we received from Viator. However, we discovered on the day, that the Palace is not open on a Tuesday, and we would like to know how Viator allowed us to book this tour on a Tuesday. We would appreciate your comments on this, as we feel that we paid for something we did not get. Secondly, although our Plan Tours guide was very knowledgeable, his English was not clear enough for a number of members of our tour group. Finally, the post tour drop off took over two hours and included what seemed a lengthy diversion to somewhere in Beyoglu to drop off the tour guide before eventually returning to Sultanahmet. Surely the tour guide should have been the last person to be dropped off. For these reasons, we cannot rate the tour more highly.

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