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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

See the sights of Istanbul on a half-day tour that takes in the city’s famous historical landmarks and cultural sites. See Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Entrance fees are included, as is hotel pickup and drop-off for your convenience.
  • Istanbul highlights sightseeing tour
  • Marvel at the Byzantine architecture of Hagia Sophia
  • See the tiles that give the 17th-century Blue Mosque its name
  • Visit the Grand Bazaar, a winding covered market
  • Learn about the history of the Hippodrome
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Driver/guide
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by vehicle
Lunch
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up central located hotels. If your hotel is located outside of our city limits, we might need to apply a supplement. Please contact with us before arrival to check your hotel details.

Departure Time

8:30 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 16 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • St.Sophia is closed on Mondays. Instead you will visit Underground Cistern. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar
  • Hotel pick up & drop off service available Central Located Hotels. ( Taksim, Old City, ). If your hotel in another location, please send message.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.
  • Blue Mosque is closed Friday mornings and our guide will show & introduce from outside
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We as KARAVAN TRAVEL, want to ensure the minds of travelers that, all the necessary safety measures and precautions will be maintained at all times; hand sanitizer will be available, masks will be given out, seats will be blocked out on coaches, reduced groups sizes and social distancing measures will be taking against COVID-19 infections. We will follow up the new regulations/restrictions permanently and update our procedures accordingly.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Karavan Travel

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 Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar?
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
See all safety measures taken by Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome 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 Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome 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 Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar.

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  • "Please do not let this put you off the tour itself but please do check on your guide!" See review

Reviews

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beautiful
Elizabeth_R
, Nov 2020
absolutely amazing, guide was exceptional. wonderful day. we decided to forego the return taxi and ate lunch and walked around the nearby city.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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star-5
Hagia Sofia/ Old town Istanbul
Leo
, Nov 2020
Excellent tour and lots of information. We did the 4 hour tour and it was exactly what we wanted. Highly recommend. Our tour guide spoke excellent English and kept a great pace. After the tour was over we were able to explore on our own having learned so much about the area.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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star-5
Highly Recommended
Ejiro
, Sep 2020
Brilliant tour with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. Selcuk, our guide was able to delve into the history and context of these beautiful monuments. We had plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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star-5
Fantastic Selçuk
Sebastian_V
, Jul 2020
Wonderful entertaining tour guide Gave us all the information but with humour. Very knowledgeable Definitely recommend Selçuk and hope to use again on next visit
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews. Selcuk is one of our main guide in daily city tours in Istanbul and we are proud to work with him as being Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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star-4
Excellent tour - highly recommend
aansh m
, Jul 2019
This tour was an excellent and efficient way to immerse yourself in the history of Istanbul. Our tour guide - Selcuk Ersan - was thorough yet lighthearted (like many of the other people you will meet in Istanbul). He had extensive knowledge for each of the sites and was able to answer any of the questions we had for him. Highly recommend.
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Morning Istanbul tour
Terry R
, Jun 2019
Great guide, very informative and a good introduction to Istanbul. Mini bus pick up from hotel and the drive to the sites included a brief history of the Bosphorus
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Good tour if your time is limited however.....
FigueiraM
, May 2019
If you only have a short time in Istanbul then this tour is great and shows you the majority of the main sights. However the tour guide Jayla (not sure if spelling) left much to be desired. I would recommend that you check the name of your guide before confirming your booking. There were a range of ages in the whole tour group, which included an elderly couple and one of them couldn’t walk very fast. To cut a long story short they got lost and had to call the company to complain and ask them to find them. There was no apology just ignorance and blamed them for not keeping up and following her umbrella. I am able to walk but her pace was not walking it was very brisk and unnecessary. At the end of the tour, as we only took part in the day tour, I was asked if I wanted to be dropped off st the hotel and I said yes as that was included in the booked. She then made a comment that it was walkable and was annoyed that I wanted to be dropped off. If I had been given directions we would have happily walked back, however having arrived just the night before to a brand new country how was I supposed to know my bearings? Then in the bus she proceeded to shout at me as I wasn’t listening to her and she was taking to me. First of all the bus was noisy with everyone talking and I was right at the back, how on earth am I supposed to know she was talking to me? I am a very calm person and it takes a lot to upset or annoy me but I can say that she succeeded on both counts. Her attitude was just rude and uncalled for, if a person doesn’t like their job they should change it and not ruin experiences for anyone. Please do not let this put you off the tour itself but please do check on your guide!
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Our guide was so knowledgable and...
Beverley C
, Sep 2018
Our guide was so knowledgable and articulate, an absolutely perfect introduction to Istanbul. just the right balance of history and modern information.
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We did the half day tour and...
Izzy R
, May 2018
We did the half day tour and honestly it was very expensive for what it was. The tour guide knew his stuff which was great but for the price I expected more. You'd be better off looking for a cheaper alternative or just wandering the sights for yourself with a guidebook because you don't really get your money's worth here.
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I booked this tour for my 1st day to...
Cheuk Y
, Jul 2017
I booked this tour for my 1st day to familiarise with the place and to get the most touristy spots done. Our guide Ozcan spoke excellent English and had impressively vast knowledge about history, current affairs, economics etc (uni lecturer). The time allowed for the tour was too short in my opinion.
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