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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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

Explore the top attractions in Sultanahmet (the old city) on a full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take in UNESCO World Heritage sites and famous monuments in Istanbul including the stunning Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Then follow your guide through the Grand Bazaar, browsing the shops of hundreds of vendors with an array of textiles, jewelry, perfumes, spices and more. Your guide shares the long history of Istanbul with your small group, which is limited to 10 participants to ensure a more intimate experience.
  • Small-group tour of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s old city
  • Admire the breathtaking architecture and decor of the Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, both gorgeous monuments from the Ottoman Empire
  • Hear about the role of the Hippodrome in the days of the Byzantine Empire
  • Browse the shops in the vibrant and historic Grand Bazaar
  • Learn about the long history of Istanbul, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 10 participants provides a more customized experience
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Professional English speaking guide
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Museum entrance fees
Meals and drinks
Gratuities
Airport pick up and drop off (additional fee)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Depends on hotel's location, sometimes we can't use vehicle since vehicles are not allowed in some parts of old city.

Ports

  • Galataport
  • Sarayburnu


Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
1/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
Monday - Sunday:08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please Note:Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Underground Cistern. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will also be replaced with Underground Cistern.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Global Travel Services

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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 Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
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 Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
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: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
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: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Scarf is needed for the Blue Mosque, no shoes allowed." See review
  • "This tour is a must especially for the first timer." See review

Reviews

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Wonderful tour
Bilal_C
, May 2021
I took this tour on May 2021, when the lockdown was in place. I ended up being the only person taking the tour. That’s a plus because it really was a private tour at the cost of a public tour. Semih my tour guide was well versed in the history of all 3 sites we visited (Blue mosque, Haga Sophia and Topkapi palace. We discussed the background and the modern politics behind the sites. I think this tour is essential for anyone visiting Istanbul. In one day you get to visit the 3 most important sites for a very fair price!
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Essential Istanbul
Mikhail
, Apr 2021
Absolutely incredible tour full of history and rich culture. Great tour guide Ozlem. She was incredibly nice, knowledgable, pleasant to be with and gave me the whole explanation of Haiga Sofia cathedral, Blue Mosque including tour to the carpet museum and delicious turkish delights. I have learned a lot from Ozlem about history of Istanbul and Ottoman Empire. I recommend this tour to anyone. Thank you very much.
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Delightful trip around Turkey
RobertRamirez
, Apr 2021
My guide Ozlem was amazing you can tell that she loved her job. She is also very knowledgeable about the history of Turkey. I would recommend it to anyone they really want to learn and have fun at the same time.
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You don't want to miss this!
Nash_S
, Apr 2021
Ozlem's style of taking time to explain the key historic facts through the lens of a story teller were both captivating and engaging. Having been on similar tours in Istanbul over the last two decades, I thoroughly enjoyed this one, not only to serve as a reminder of what this great city has to offer, but to re-live the path of the sultans, clergy and soldiers that passed through here over the last two thousand years!
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A great experience
Asad_Khan
, Dec 2020
My tour was during the pandemic and I was the only member in the group, therefore had the benefit of moving at my own pace. My tour guide was Ozlem. She knew a lot about the places we visited, had sound knowledge of the history and information about good places to taste Turkish food :) All in all, a great experience!
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It was an excellent Private trip
keita
, Nov 2020
This trip was in the midst of the pandemic so your mileage may vary. When you say “small group” tour, it’s really small....it was just me lol. My tour guide Semih messaged me about 30 min before the meeting time that he was there, but that I can take my time as it was just me. We walked down the street to the hippodrome, followed by the Blue Mosk, Hagia Sofia, and onto Topkapi palace. He was very knowledgeable about the history and the culture with excellent command of English and gave me perspectives that cannot be obtained from a guidebook or an audio tour. We grabbed lunch then went Onto the Grand Bazaar then the spice market where we ended the tour. I would highly recommend the tour, especially early in your course of stay in Instanbul as he can point you to other attractions in town besides from the highlights in Sultanahmet area.
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Pretty much a private tour
ParaK
, Nov 2020
Since this was during a pandemic, you may have a slightly different experience. My experience of pretty much a private tour was great. There were hardly any tourists around. My tour guide Semih met me at my hotel. He was early but he told me to take my time as I was the only one in tour. As I was staying down the street from the sites, We walked down to the hippodrome then to the Blue Mosk, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi palace, then to Grand Bazaar then we had lunch at a place I wanted to eat, then off the planned route but went on to the Spice Market. Semih’s command of English was excellent and I had a great day exploring Sultanahmet area. He was knowledgeable about the history and culture and gave me a great perspective of the sites we visited that you couldn’t just get from a guidebook. Highly recommended.
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Great tour and tour guide semih
michael_k
, Oct 2020
Great day tour of Istanbul with tour guide semih kzk, he is very knowledgeable, intelligent, helpful, I learn alot from him he was GREAT,, tour around Istanbul to see to most important sites like hagi sophia and blue mosque was a dream come true I am very greatful to tour guide semih and city tour of Istanbul was GREAT.
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Fantastic day in istanbul
Zain7878
, Oct 2020
Amazing tour guide, very freindly and amazingly helpful throughout the trip. Was really good as it was basically a private tour even though we paid for a group tour.
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Great tour and an amazing guide
Erez_F
, Sep 2020
The tour was very enjoyable and the guide had a lot of knowledge and patience and took us to all the best places.
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