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Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour ( Byzantine & Ottoman Traces )

4.5 / 5 total 555 reviews
Duration: 8 hours
Product code: 5301
Overview

Travel through time on a full-day tour of Istanbul, and see the main monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the Hippodrome, site of major political life and sports activities during the Roman and Byzantine Empires. Marvel at the last remaining monuments at the complex, including the Obelisk from Egypt and the Serpentine Column from Delphi.

Next, go to the Church of St. Sophia, also known as the “Church of Holy Wisdom,” and “Hagia Sophia.” One of the world's architectural masterpieces, the former church and mosque is now a museum of artefacts from Byzantium. Continue to the Blue Mosque to see the city’s icon up close. Famed for its stunning Iznik tiles, the building’s graceful minarets can be seen from many points in the city.

Next, explore the narrow lanes of the Grand Bazaar, the oldest and largest covered market in the world. Discover decorative jewellery, leather work, souvenirs and carpets in more than 4.000 shops.

Your next stop will be Topkapi Palace, former residence of the Ottoman sultans, now home to an exquisite collection of crystal, silverware, and Chinese porcelain, as well as robes worn by the sultans, and the jewels of the Imperial Treasury.

Then, head to Sultans Tombs. Made up of 5 tombs of the Ottoman Sultans, within the graveyard at St. Sophia, these ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, green, blue and red flower motives. The prince's robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.

Please note, Sultans Tombs are closed on Monday and will be replaced with a visit to the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque.

Highlights
  • Little Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Topkapı Palace
  • Shopping Opportunity
  • Grand Covered Bazaar
  • Hippodrome and Obeliks
  • Blue Mosque
  • Haghia Sophia
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Shared Tour
  • Languages offered on the Activity / TourLanguages offered on the Activity / Tour: English, Turkish
  • Duration Duration: 8 hours
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • All participants pay the adult priceAll participants pay the adult price
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick up from centrally located Istanbul Hotels.
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 1 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Transfers by non smoking air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (from European side or city center)
  • Local Lunch
  • Licensed professional guide
  • Entrance Fees
Exclusions
  • Drinks at lunch
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Gratuities
Pickup and Drop-off
Pick up from your centrally located Istanbul hotel.

Know Before You Go
  • This tour will not visit the Grand Bazaar on Sunday as the Bazaar is closed.
  • On Tuesdays, the Topkapi Palace will be closed to the public.
  • The Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays and will be replaced by Nuruosmaniye Mosgue.
  • Hagia Sophia is closed every Monday. If your tour is booked on this day the Hagia Sophia will be replaced by Yerebatan Cistem.
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Reviewed by DavenBob CA   June 19, 2022
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The guide was very nice and knowledgeable. He kindly answered every question and was very helpful. Overall, We had a great day and learnt a lot! I highly recommend booking it.
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Reviewed by Marco NL   June 19, 2022
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We had a great experience with this tour. She made the experience very fun unique and educational. I feel that we Would have missed so much if she was not there. Everything went smoothly efficiently with a lot of fun and character. I strongly recommend taking the tour.
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Reviewed by Eliana US   June 19, 2022
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THANK YOU FOR AMAZING TOUR.
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Reviewed by Alex Smith SG   June 19, 2022
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Our guide spoke wonderful English and she really made this tour enjoyable so we loved this tour and highly recommend it.
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Reviewed by desmondsheridan US   June 19, 2022
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IT WAS INTERESTING. I would just like to let you know how much we enjoyed this tour. Our guide made it all the more enjoyable with his entertaining and knowledgeable dialogue and has inspired me to learn more.
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Reviewed by Ties NL   June 19, 2022
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I really enjoyed visiting and learning. Our tour guide was excellent. She was friendly, attentive, professional, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend her tour if you ever happen to be in that great tour.
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Reviewed by H Lewis US   June 19, 2022
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Our guide was good . He was smile so cute and was very friendly and helpful, very knowledgable about every single detail and very passionate. Thank you:)))
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Reviewed by Walton FR   June 19, 2022
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This was a wonderful experience! the best was my guide and he has soo much knowledge about everything we visited. Well worth the time & money spent.
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Reviewed by Rylan EG   June 19, 2022
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We booked this tour because friends had recommended it to us. Our guide was great. Thank you.
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Reviewed by Rob R CZ   June 18, 2022
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Mostly thanks to our guide on this tour who knew EVERYTHING. We had our children with us and the tour was perfect for them as the guide was simply marvelled We can warmly recommend this tour and privatetour.com for their help also.
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