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Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

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    Meet your private guide at your centrally located hotel in Istanbul (European side only) for your half-day tour of Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar. Start with a short drive to the 6th century church and now museum, the Hagia Sophia. Built by the Roman Emperor Justinian, learn how Hagia Sophia remained one of the largest Basilicas until Ottoman rule when it was converted to a mosque. Then, stroll with your guide and observe the beautifully detailed Byzantine mosaics. (Closed on Mondays, this attraction will be exchanged with the Chlora Museum.)

    Continue to the underground Basilica cistern also referred to as the “Sunken Palace” (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayi). Constructed below the famous peninsula of Sarayburnu by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, learn about this cistern’s massive size, the largest of hundreds in Istanbul. 

    Next, surface from the cistern and head to the Grand Bazaar. Famously in operation for over six centuries, wind your way along its 58 corridors and marvel at one of the largest covered markets on the planet. Peer into some of the 4,000 plus shops and see ornate jewelry, leather goods, spices and colorful carpets. (Closed on Sundays; extra time will be dispersed over the other locations.)
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    We signed up to go o n a tour l. In the beginning it went well and the churches were beautiful and at the last stop of our tour we went to somewhat of a flea market where we were brought into a carpet store...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Jeanette R
    Experience820434, Guest Relations Manager at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Dear Jeanette, Thank you four your feedback about our tour. We really appreciate it. Handmade carpets are part of our culture and we included a carpet demonstration on our program to show it. This part is not mandatory but we can't remove it from the...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Sevi gave us a thorough explanation of the amazing sights of ancient Constantinople. From Roman, ottoman and moderna eras, I Finally feel I have grasp of its history.!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Farrellai
    Experience820434, Guest Relations Manager at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Dear Farrellai, It's a great pleasure to read your compliments. We'll make sure to deliver them to our guide. Neon Tours

    Reviewed July 20, 2019 via mobile

    Tour was fantastic and the guide was very knowledgeable on everything. Spoke great english and also gave us time to look around.

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    Experience820434, Public Relations Manager at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

    Dear our valued guest, We're more than happy to known that you enjoyed our tour and our guide satisfied you expectations. We'd be glad to to be in your service again, Neon Tours

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