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Private Full Day Tour of Istanbul's famous sites & Bosphorus Cruise

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Duration: 8 hours
This exciting private full-day tour of Istanbul begins with an early morning Pick-Up from your Hotel or designated City Centre Meeting point, with luxury transport, guests are taken to the Port where they climb aboard a Boat which will bring them along the Bosphorus Strait on a leisurely cruise for an hour. Where you will see the likes of the Bosphours Bridge, and the Dolmabache Palace.

The Tour continues after the cruise with a visit to the world-famous Hagia Sophia or as it is also known Church of the Holy Wisdom. Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important Monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires.

Next stop is The Blue Mosque which is the most famous, important and biggest Mosques of Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. Mosques traditionally have one, two or four minarets. That’s what makes the Blue Mosque unique as it has six minarets. It’s rumored there was a misunderstanding as the Sultan had instructed his architect to make gold (altin) minarets which his architect understood as six (alti) minarets.

Lunch is a traditional Turkish Meal in one of the many excellent traditional Turkish restaurants which also serves European meals.

A visit to the Hippodrome is next which was once an arena for horse and chariot races and now a beautiful park and popular meeting place. Some of the features remaining include a fountain pre-Hagia Sophia and an Egyptian Obelisk dating from the 15th century B.C.

The last place to visit on this private tour is the Grand Bazaar. This Bazaar is known as world famous for being the largest bazaar and sells everything from pashminas to diamonds. Be sure to haggle with the shop owners for anything here.

Your Private Tour guide will make sure your tour be filled with entertainment and learn the fascinating history of Istanbul.

All guests are returned to their original pick-up point.
  • Pick-Up and Drop-Off Service
  • Luxury Transport
  • Multilingual private tour guide from start to finish
  • A leisurely cruise of the Bosphorus Strait
  • Private guided tour of Hagia Sophia
  • Private guided tour of the Blue Mosque
  • Private guided tour of the Hippodrome
  • Spend time in the World Famous Grand Bazaar
  • Traditional Turkish Meal Included
  • Time to take photos of all attractions
Good to Know
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick-Up from central Istanbul hotels, Istanbul Port, Istanbul Airports or a designated City centre meeting point
  • Disability Services Disability Services
    Wheelchair accessible transport and facilities upon request
  • Ship to shore “Stress-free” tour guarantee Ship to shore “Stress-free” tour guarantee.
    Get a full refund for non-docking ships or late port arrivals.
  • 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.
  • A visit to the Grand Bazaar
  • Pick-Up and Drop-Off
  • Cruise on the Bosphorus Strait
  • Private tour of Hagia Sophia
  • Private tour of the Blue Mosque
  • Private tour of the Hippodrome
  • Private multilingual tour guide
  • Luxury transport
  • Entrance Fees to all attractions and cruise
  • Lunch Included
  • Gratuities
  • Snacks
  • Drinks not stated in Inclusions
Meeting Point
Pick-Up from central Istanbul hotels, Istanbul Port, Istanbul Airports or a designated City Centre Meeting Point
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Blue Mosque will close for a short time to tourists during the five daily prayer.
  • When entering the Mosque all footwear must be removed and placed in plastic bags provided.
  • Please state at booking stage if Wheelchair accessible transport needed.
  • When you are in the Grand Bazaar, haggling is expected.
  • The start time is at 08.00 and the tour has an average duration of 8 hours but varies due to traffic.
  • Travelling from Hagia Sophia to the Blue Mosque and then to the Hippodrome is all done on a walking tour as they are all close by.
  • When visiting the Blue Mosque, men must wear long trousers, T-Shirts or Shirts. Women must wear skirts or trousers passed their knee, a headscarf and tops that covers bare shoulders
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Reviewed by Ellie GB   July 26, 2017
I am so glad I booked this tour from this company from start to finish it was a wonderful experience the transfer was clean and comfortable and our guide Tayfun was wonderful he was a friendly guide who answered any questions anyone had regarding the tour and his english was excellent. The cruise on the Bosphorous was fascinating all the wonderful buildings along the waterfront, then onto the Sultan Ahmet area where we visited the Blue Mosque Hagia Sofia and the Hippodrome just soaked in History in a wonderful City. We had a tasty lunch in a restaurant nearby the food was traditional but very good. Every womans dream is to shop and we did so in the captivating Grand Bazaar with so many wonderful items and trinkets to be had it was a delight.
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