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Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour

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Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

See the best of Istanbul on this 1-day sightseeing Istanbul shore excursion. With the help of your expert local guide, spend your time at port in Istanbul exploring this world class city’s many highlights. This tour serves as an ideal introduction to this fascinating city that spans two continents and many worlds. After, you will return to your ship for an on-time departure.
  • Full-day eight-hour tour of Istanbul and its four main attractions
  • Superb Blue Mosque
  • Historic Hagia Sophia and its Byzantine mosaics
  • Ottoman architecture and museums of Topkapi Palace
  • Shopping in the Grand Bazaar
  • Lunch included
  • English-speaking guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on time return to your ship
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Lunch
Air-conditioned vehicle
Worry-Free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Yenikapi Port

Ports

  • Yenikapi Port


Departure Time

9:00 AM
Your 1-day Istanbul shore Excursion begins be disembarking your ship and meeting your local expert guide. Once you’re oriented, set off for the city’s main highlights. Take note, as you’ll learn lots of fascinating information from your guide about the former empires that have ruled this great city throughout the ages, such as the Roman and Ottoman Empires, and the former glory of Constantinople.

Blue Mosque:Don’t miss one of the most important sights in Sultanahmet—as well as in the Islamic and Turkish worlds—the stately Blue Mosque. This Ottoman mosque is depicted by six iconic minarets and a large dome roof, making it one of visitor’s favorite photo backdrops, while culture lovers will also admire it for its prominence and reverence. Inside, hundreds of stained glass windows illuminate the large main room, adorned with more than 20,000 Iznik-style tiles.

Hagia Sophia:Erected as far back as the 6th century, the Hagia Sophia, near the Blue Mosque, began as one of the biggest Christian basilicas in existence. But after the Ottoman empire took over Istanbul, it was transformed into a mosque. Today, however, in post-Ottoman Turkey, it is one of the most stunning museums in the country, if not the continent. Admire the intricate mosaics and tile-work, as well as it’s fascinating history. (closed on Mondays from October 20, 2015)

Topkapi Palace:No palace in the world rivals Istanbul’s Topkapi, the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. Not only is it the largest palace in the entire world, it is also the oldest. Stroll the engrossing rooms, painted with detailed artwork. Snap a photo in the illustrious harem quarters, and admire views from buildings looking out over the Golden Horn. (closed on Tuesday)

Grand Bazaar:As one of the largest covered markets in the world, no shopper will want to miss this highlight. The Grand Bazaar has been conducting continuous business ever since the 14th century. As such, its 58 colorful streets are lined with more than 4,000 storefronts. Keep an eye out for handmade jewelry, pottery, leather, and, of course the famous Turkish carpets. (closed on Sunday additional time will be spent at the other locations)

Worry-free Shore Excursion:This trip ensures your on-time return to Istanbul's port. It is unlikely, but should your ship depart before your return, transportation will be arranged to your next port. Your money will be refunded if your arrival to the port of Istanbul is delayed. See the terms and conditions for details. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Blue Mosque
One of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hagia Sophia Mosque
Now a museum, Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, and was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Take a moment to linger here to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics. (closed on Mondays from October 20, 2015)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Topkapi Palace
The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. (closed on Tuesday)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Kapali Carsi
In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world's largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. (closed on Sunday additional time will be spent at the other locations)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Neon Tur
Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Istanbul port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Duration: 1 minute
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • If Hagia Sophia is closed you will visit Chora Museum instead
  • During religious holidays July 28, 29 and 30 and October 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2014 the Spice market and Grand Bazaar will be closed
  • Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Neon 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing 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
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing 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 Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour.

Reviews

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star-5
This was a great tour. The guide met...
terry d
, Nov 2017
This was a great tour. The guide met us at the ship and took us to all the highlights of Istanbul. He was very informative and was attentive to our questions and comfort. Lunch was nice and included. The grand bazaar was crowded and somewhat overwhelming but the items we bought were much cheaper there. Photos Optional
star-5
wonderful tour,we saw so much in a...
PEPPER
, Nov 2017
wonderful tour,we saw so much in a day,would highly recommend this tour!
star-3
A neat way to cover the highlights...
Tapan C
, Sep 2017
A neat way to cover the highlights of the city in a short time. The guide expertly took us through the city through various attractions avoiding the famous traffic jam. The only downside was that she allotted too much time in a obligatory carpet shop. We negotiated a shorter time there and visited a market instead.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful tour. Omar was very...
eemasden
, Jul 2016
Wonderful tour. Omar was very professional and knowledgeable. He was aware when we needed a break. The sites were wonderful. I found the sites to be peaceful and inspiring.
star-5
The pick up from the port was...
joden
, Jun 2016
The pick up from the port was simple. Ugur, our tour guide was a lovely young man who bent over backwards to make our tour exceptional. He included a visit to the Cisterns because we would not get to the Grand Bazaar as we needed to make it back to the ship on time. He also made sure we were picked up by one of their staff in plenty of time. Love Istanbul and the people were so lovely too.
star-4
Our tour guide was good and very...
gracesh.or
, Jan 2016
Our tour guide was good and very knowledgeable with cleared explanation. The only comment I like to put was taken too long at the carpet demonstration ended up not enough time at the Great Bazaar, we only stopped at the Turkish delight candy store, everywhere else was just fast pasted passing through.
star-3
This tour could have been more...
Bre
, Dec 2015
This tour could have been more enjoyable, if the tour guide was more attentive.
star-1
So disappointed. Entire group agreed...
Stephan K B
, Dec 2015
So disappointed. Entire group agreed and advised guide our prime interest was the Blue Mosque. We didn't see it! Also didn't see the last ruin, he advised it just wasn't worth it. Lines very long at palace, and our advance tickets did nothing. He stopped every time anyone wanted a potty break,
star-4
Guide was most helpful under adverse...
Arthur W
, Nov 2015
Guide was most helpful under adverse weather conditions and, in general, did an excellent job.
star-5
An enjoyable day to visit all the main...
Alan R
, Oct 2015
An enjoyable day to visit all the main attractions guide was very knowledgeable.

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