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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul
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Tour snapshot
Tour the sites of Old Town, hearing commentary from your guide
Duration:
8h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
10
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Many of Istanbul’s highlights are in the old city, and this tour allows you to visit all of them while leaving the navigation to an expert. Explore Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar, hearing commentary from your guide about the history and importance of each site. A small group size means plenty of personal attention, and hotel pickup and drop-off adds extra convenience. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Enjoy hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your hotel
  • A small group size means you can ask lots of questions
  • Explore the varied collection at Topkapi Palace’s museum
What to expect
Meet your guide in the morning for this full-day small-group tour of Istanbul. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the old city peninsula. Visit Topkapi Palace and explore the museum, including the large collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Move on to the Hippodrome, where sporting and political events took place during the Byzantine Empire. Here, you see the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the German Fountain. Continue on to the Hagia Sophia, formerly a Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque, now a secular museum. Cross the square and visit the Blue Mosque. Finally, spend some time at the Grand Bazaar, which offers 4,000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, and leather goods. At the end of your tour, relax on the ride back to your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Enjoy hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your hotel
  • A small group size means you can ask lots of questions
  • Explore the varied collection at Topkapi Palace’s museum
What to expect
Meet your guide in the morning for this full-day small-group tour of Istanbul. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the old city peninsula. Visit Topkapi Palace and explore the museum, including the large collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Move on to the Hippodrome, where sporting and political events took place during the Byzantine Empire. Here, you see the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the German Fountain. Continue on to the Hagia Sophia, formerly a Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque, now a secular museum. Cross the square and visit the Blue Mosque. Finally, spend some time at the Grand Bazaar, which offers 4,000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, and leather goods. At the end of your tour, relax on the ride back to your hotel.
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off (hotel locations should be in city centre, please check our radius)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
Exclusions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Pick up and drop off at airports or hotels out of city centre (additional fee)
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • 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. We don't have free pick up and drop off service from hotels located out of city centre and airports.
  • Serpent Column, Binbirdirek, Atmeydanı Cd. No:53, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey https://www.google.com/maps/place/Y%C4%B1lanl%C4%B1+S%C3%BCtun/@41.0056544,28.9728885,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x14cab9961977e587:0xb392b815015a2638!8m2!3d41.0056504!4d28.9750772
  • Ports:
  • Galataport
  • Sarayburnu
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • 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 be replaced with Spice Bazaar.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • While visiting a mosque in Istanbul, women need to cover their heads, shoulders, knees. You can carry your own scarf to cover your head but please note scarves are provided at the entrance of every mosque (available at a charge). If you are wearing leggings, tights or skirts, wraps will be provided at the entrance (available at a charge).
  • For the ladies, a headscarf and decent dress covering shoulders and legs are required during their visit to mosque. You can carry your own scarf to cover your head but please note disposable scarves are provided at the entrance of every mosque (.available at a charge).
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please be aware of that there is a lot of walking in this tour. We can't use vehicle between sites since centre of Sultanahmet area is closed to traffic.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off (hotel locations should be in city centre, please check our radius)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
Exclusions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Pick up and drop off at airports or hotels out of city centre (additional fee)
Departure details
  • 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. We don't have free pick up and drop off service from hotels located out of city centre and airports.
  • Serpent Column, Binbirdirek, Atmeydanı Cd. No:53, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey https://www.google.com/maps/place/Y%C4%B1lanl%C4%B1+S%C3%BCtun/@41.0056544,28.9728885,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x14cab9961977e587:0xb392b815015a2638!8m2!3d41.0056504!4d28.9750772
  • Ports:
  • Galataport
  • Sarayburnu
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Grand Bazaar, Beyazıt Kapalı Çarşı, Beyazıt, 34396 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Additional information
  • 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 be replaced with Spice Bazaar.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • While visiting a mosque in Istanbul, women need to cover their heads, shoulders, knees. You can carry your own scarf to cover your head but please note scarves are provided at the entrance of every mosque (available at a charge). If you are wearing leggings, tights or skirts, wraps will be provided at the entrance (available at a charge).
  • For the ladies, a headscarf and decent dress covering shoulders and legs are required during their visit to mosque. You can carry your own scarf to cover your head but please note disposable scarves are provided at the entrance of every mosque (.available at a charge).
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please be aware of that there is a lot of walking in this tour. We can't use vehicle between sites since centre of Sultanahmet area is closed to traffic.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Serpent Column
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Kapali Carsi
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Hagia Sophia Mosque
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Grand Bazaar
    Beyazıt Kapalı Çarşı, Beyazıt, 34396 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    See address & details
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AMoyet
Miami, FL180 contributions
We chose a small group tour over a larger troop due to the quicker pace and flexibility. Semih picked us up at our hotel. He proceeded to show us the main attractions. He then took us to a local restaurant where we feasted on Turkish cuisine for a very reasonable price. The afternoon was for shopping. He took the guess work out of choosing reputable shops and patiently waited while we spent our money. The bus was not able to pick us up due to a monumental traffic jam so we took the tram and truly completed the local experience. This tour is a must. Be sure to request Semih as your guide.
Written March 31, 2022
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear Abiezer, First of all, thank you for writing a long and detailed review for us. I understand that you took advantage of being in a small group tour (actually it was a private tour for your 6 people group). Other than visiting main attractions with your guide, you also experienced Turkish cuisine, shopping and finally local transportation which was an extra experience at the end. We would like to see you again in Turkey, please always feel free to contact us if you plan another trip to our country. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written April 1, 2022
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marku858
Mira Mesa, CA15 contributions
The tour was well-organised and interesting. Our tour guide Semih was really a terrific guy and went out of his way to explain everything in detail and offered to take picture for the members of the group when we visited all the sites. We would highly recommend this tour to those wanting to see the highlights of Turkey with a short itinerary. Overall, a really nice experience.
Written April 20, 2022
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear Mark, Thank you for your review. We are pleased to know that you had chance to see and explore many things with a short itinerary. All our guides try to use the time effectively. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written April 20, 2022
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PhilipDevlin
Istanbul, Turkey1 contribution
I was picked up for the tour at the correct time. And picked up for departure quickly and dropped off right at the door of my hotel.

The tour guide was both friendly and informative. I learnt a lot about the history of the various places that we went.

The tour guide also helped save me some money on a few items at The Grand Bazaar.

We went to a lovely, and relatively cheap restaurant that he recommended. I had, what I think was basically, chicken and mashed potato with vegetables in sauce and also a Fanta, and that cost 175 Turkish lira - so about £10 I think.

Overall, I would say if you are interested in this kind of thing, then this is an excellent tour, the guide was excellent, I think that it was very reasonably priced and I would thoroughly recommend every part of the experience.
Written February 27, 2022
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear Philip, Thank you for this very detailed review. It is very useful for those who think to book our tour. It is always good to have happy guests. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written February 28, 2022
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echen4837
New York City, NY1 contribution
There was a shuttle bus that picked my group up in Karakoy and it dropped us off at Sultanahmet Square. We walked down the square and visited the Blue Mosque first. It was under construction so most of it was hidden behind scaffolding. We planned on visiting the Hagia Sophia next, but the lines were too long so we switched course and visited the Topkapi Palace next. After giving a rundown of the history and the various rooms in the palace museum, we were given some time to explore on our own. I liked that we had time to explore on our own, but it would be nice if maybe the information was not given all at once. The tour guide gave information about the third and the fourth courtyard at the front of the third courtyard. It would've been nice to hear about the fourth courtyard while in the fourth courtyard. After the palace, the line to Hagia Sophia was still pretty long, so we set off for lunch nearby instead. After lunch, the line to Hagia Sophia was significantly shorter. I definitely wish we had more time at the Hagia Sophia since it's such a beautiful place. The last stop of the tour was the Grand Bazaar, where we were allowed to roam freely. At the end, we reconvened and took a shuttle back to Karakoy.

Overall, the tour was super informative and it was great to hear the history behind all the places we visited. I think the pace was good but I definitely wish we had a bit more time to spend at some of the places, specifically the Hagia Sophia. Side note -- this is a walking tour, so you'll be spending hours on your feet, so come prepared!
Written June 24, 2022
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear Guest, We really appreciate this long and detailed review. There are lots of important points for those who will book this tour. We will consider your ideas about giving information during the tour. Hope you can visit again Istanbul and spend more time in Hagia Sophia. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written June 24, 2022
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Bramb0
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK35 contributions
Great way to get your bearings in this amazing city, with a knowledgable and personable guide. Semih gave us so much info in a friendly and informative manner. Really enjoyed this trip.
From the hotel pick up, to the local lunch restaurant and Semih’s knowledge of the Grand Bazaar, we felt we covered the main bases of Istanbul in one day.
Written April 22, 2022
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. We are pleased to know that you had a good day with our guide. Hope to see you again in our city. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written April 22, 2022
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Hamael W
1 contribution
Friends
Semih was a very caring, knowledgeable, and mellow guide. He took his time to thoroughly explain the history behind all the places we visited in Istanbul (Hippodrum, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Palace, Topkapa Palace, and Grand Bazaar). Luckily for our booking it was just my mum and I, and one other gentleman, so the tour was almost like a private tour with just the three of us. That made it even more personal, and Semih took excellent care of us as he guided us from site to site, explaining the history and allowing us a little time to explore and take pictures. The tour was very chill even though we covered a lot of ground, and I’m very thankful we decided to go with this tour because we would never have been able to plan and visit all these sites as efficiently on our own, and learning the history behind it all makes the experience so much richer. Semih also took us to a little street restaurant personally recommended by him and the food was phenomenal. Overall a very wonderful experience, thank you to Semih for his hard work and care!
Written January 29, 2022
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear Hamael, First of all, thank you for taking the time to write such a long review. It is really appreciated. As you mentioned, it is always better to explore all these highlights with a guide (especially in a small group) since it can be difficult to plan all details by your own. When you join a tour with guide, you don't need to think where and when to go, that gives you more chance to concentrate to all details. Hope to see you and your mother again. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written January 30, 2022
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John W
1 contribution
We had a wonderful tour guide, Semih, who was exceptionally well prepared and knowledgeable, extremely intelligent and articulate, led our tour brilliantly and imparted deep local information. He also helped us get with vendors who had what we needed to buy. Gave us a full day at 100% energy and attention. He conducted himself with grace and aplomb.
Written July 31, 2022
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear John, Thank you for writing a review with full motivation for us. We are glad to know that you had a great day with Semih. Hope to see you again in our country for a longer our. Please always feel free to contact us. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written July 31, 2022
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Sarah K
2 contributions
Family
We had a great time with our guide Semih, who was very knowledgeable and customized the trip to meet our needs, as we had two children with us. Instead of putting us with a larger group, they let us have our own private tours so they we can adjust the tour to meet our needs. Highly recommend this company.
Written October 16, 2021
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear Sarah, Thank you for your review. The comfort of our guests is our priority. We always try to keep our service quality at the highest level. We are very please to hear that you mentioned about this feature. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written October 18, 2021
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obepad82
Glasgow, UK16 contributions
A great way to see some of the highlights of Istanbul.
Tour picked up at the hotel at the arranged time with no hassle.
Was lucky to have a fantastic guide, Semih was a genuinely good guy, friendly and full of knowledge.
Would definitely recommend this tour, especially if your stay in Istanbul is for a short period (also a good tour to get an appreciation of the city layout).
Written August 17, 2022
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear Guest, Thank you for your review and recommending us. Our tour is such a good option for those who have short time in Istanbul and want to get an idea of city highlights. Thank you for underlining this. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written August 18, 2022
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GoPlaces731491
3 contributions
This tour turned into a private tour but helped learn about the culture and family life in Istanbul. We had a great lunch with Dugeche our tour guide. It was a great way to see the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. This tour is a great complement to a city tour if you have 2 days available.
Written May 28, 2022
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