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Istanbul City Tour

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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide at your hotel for pickup for your city tour. Hop into a coach and head to the neighborhood of Sultanahmet which is brimming with Istanbul’s finest attractions. Enter the iconic Hagia Sophia which was originally constructed as a church, then converted to a mosque and is now a must visit museum. Gaze at its magnificent architecture built in the 6th century and learn about its Byzantine and Ottoman influences. 

    Next, follow your guide through Istanbul Hippodrome towards the Blue Mosque. On the way, see the epicenter of political and sporting activity during Ottoman Empire rule. Hear stories about the epic chariot races and riots that once took place here. Then, approach the Blue Mosque and marvel at the six towering minarets that outline Istanbul’s famous skyline. Continue into the mosque with your guide and admire its dome decorated with vibrant blue Iznik tiles which are connected to its etymology.

    After leaving the Blue Mosque, stroll to the colorful and lively Grand Bazaar to witness this eclectic covered market. Explore frankincense-laden alleys with stalls and shops overflowing with Turkish rugs, intricate wares, and even tasty kebabs. Revel in the exciting atmosphere, but stay close to your guide as this hectic market can be difficult to maneuver. 

    Break for a bite to eat at a restaurant before you voyage by coach to one of the largest and oldest palaces the world has ever known - Topkapi Palace. One of Turkey’s most important museums, see ancient relics and elegant artifacts. Walk through the beautiful courtyards that overlook the Bosphorus Strait and hear lore about sultans and the harems they once operated 500 years ago. Exit the palace and return by coach to your hotel where your tour ends.

    Please note: Blue Mosque will be visited from outside on Friday mornings due to noon prayer. Grand Bazaar on Sundays will be replaced with authentic shops. Topkapı Palace on Tuesdays will be replaced with a tour to Byzantium, and Sultan Tombs on Mondays will be replaced with Little Hagia Sophia (St. Sergius & Bacchus). Hagia Sophia (Closed on Mondays; will be replaced with Undergournd Cistern).
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your centrally located Istanbul hotel
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Local guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Donations: Blue Mosque
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
    • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
    • Gratuities
    • Drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please note: When reconfirming your booking, your local supplier will advise you on alternative meeting points for hotels which are not accessible
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 6 days ago

    Very informative tour guide and well organized tour . Even the lunch was pretty decent . We had some issues in electronic tickets at some counter , however the tour guide has managed it well eventhough it took 1 hour due to the quee ....More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Bibin George J
    Reviewed August 7, 2019

    Amazing city, atmosphere, and if you are first time , just must take the tour from one or other agency.. alone will spend more time and see less especialy if have only 4-3 days.

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank Giedre B
    Reviewed August 27, 2018

    Considering its a complete on foot tour, it can become daunting for tourists who are not used to walking 12000 steps in a day. Half day tours are recommended for tourist who want to walk about 5 to 6000 steps..otherwise very informative and a must...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    2  Thank deepak7355
    Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

    Well the trip was definitely well organised. From arriving at my hotel just before 8:30 am to pick me up, to dropping me home, to our guide Bulut being very knowledgeable and full of facts and made the trip very pleasant, as I was a...More

    1  Thank Mr_Travel_Bug90
    Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

    For everyone that are looking for a city full of a amazing things to see and to do - Istanbul is a place "to be". We had 2 tours and one amezing tour guid named Bulut Alinmis - he had time for our questions, showed...More

    Thank Almir T
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    April 11, 2018|
    Response from Est-Reisid | Reviewed this property |
    It depends on what you want to do in Istanbul. However, I would recommend 2 or 3 nights because the city is beautiful and there is a lot of sightseeing to be done there.
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