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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace provided by Karavan Turizm

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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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Tour snapshot
Tick off multiple Istanbul must-sees in just one day
Duration:
8h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    8h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Istanbul is a city steeped in history, but ticking off its many landmarks can be tricky on your own. Discover several historic highlights on this full-day tour led by a professional guide and benefit from the small-group tour size for a more intimate experience of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and more. Avoid hidden costs with entrance fees and lunch included and relax with round-trip transfer ensuring a hassle-free trip.
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
German, Arabic, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Zip across the sprawling city with ease via air-conditioned vehicle
  • Avoid hidden costs with entry fees, lunch, and hotel transfers included
  • Benefit from the more personalized service of a small-group tour
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, Arabic, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Zip across the sprawling city with ease via air-conditioned vehicle
  • Avoid hidden costs with entry fees, lunch, and hotel transfers included
  • Benefit from the more personalized service of a small-group tour
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6580P12
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off ( only from the hotels, not other address)
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Hippodrome
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Bazaar Jewelers
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Visit to the Harem in Topkapi Palace is not included (own expense)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from Central located hotels in Istanbul. Please contact with us if your hotel is out of city limits.
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays instead you will take a Bosphorus Cruise. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar
  • Passport name, number and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.
  • Blue Mosque is closed Friday mornings and our guide will show & introduce from outside
  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays instead you will visit to the Underground Cistern.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We as KARAVAN TRAVEL, want to ensure the minds of travelers that, all the necessary safety measures and precautions will be maintained at all times; hand sanitizer will be available, masks will be given out, seats will be blocked out on coaches, reduced groups sizes and social distancing measures will be taking against COVID-19 infections. We will follow up the new regulations/restrictions permanently and update our procedures accordingly.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off ( only from the hotels, not other address)
  • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Blue Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Hippodrome
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Bazaar Jewelers
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Visit to the Harem in Topkapi Palace is not included (own expense)
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from Central located hotels in Istanbul. Please contact with us if your hotel is out of city limits.
  • 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
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays instead you will take a Bosphorus Cruise. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar
  • Passport name, number and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.
  • Blue Mosque is closed Friday mornings and our guide will show & introduce from outside
  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays instead you will visit to the Underground Cistern.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We as KARAVAN TRAVEL, want to ensure the minds of travelers that, all the necessary safety measures and precautions will be maintained at all times; hand sanitizer will be available, masks will be given out, seats will be blocked out on coaches, reduced groups sizes and social distancing measures will be taking against COVID-19 infections. We will follow up the new regulations/restrictions permanently and update our procedures accordingly.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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 get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Hagia Sophia Mosque
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Grand Bazaar Jewelers
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
91 reviews
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Bamagirl440
Cullman, AL57 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
This review is for our wonderful tour guide named Selcuk. He was very informative and helpful. The day was wonderful because of him. First of all, the tour operator Karavan Tours has a maximum number of guests stated at the bottom of this tour (8). Our tour had 12 people and luckily 4 dropped out at the beginning as they had chosen the wrong date for the tour. The fact remains that they booked these four people knowing that 8 had already signed up and that was the maximum. So that was an issue for me knowing that they did not stick with their own rules. Secondly, they require you to call them the day before the tour to confirm your place and time of pick-up. We called repeatedly on a Monday and no one ever answered the phone at this company. Being tourists in a new town, we did not want to spend all day in our hotel room calling them to confirm when they could have easily texted or emailed this information to us. They had already sent a text to me to confirm the tour, so why couldn’t they text me the pick up location and time? They also had my email address. Luckily, we had the front desk clerk at our hotel call them and she had a mobile number and could speak Turkish, so she was able to get through to them and find out when and where they would pick us up. Thirdly, you waste an hour of your time driving around picking up people in the Istanbul traffic. We have taken tours in many other locations in the world and most have a set meeting point and a 10-15 minute grace period. This tour operator is running the risk of ticking people off before they even start the tour.
Their saving grace is the tour guide Selcuk who remained calm throughout all of the chaos of trying to pick up people in the morning rush hour traffic and re-booking the four people who had scheduled for a Tuesday when they really wanted to see the Topkapi Palace. It is closed on Tuesdays and this is stated in the notes, but somehow, I guess they didn’t see this. So, in closing I would like to say that this tour was wonderful because of the guide, and that is what my five stars are for. The tour operator gets zero stars in my opinion.
Written November 19, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sinisa Nedeljkovic
Belgrade, Serbia5 contributions
Apr 2022
Day before we had a Food Tour, and we thought that it cannot be better - but Oguzhan (Ozi) made our Tour completely unforgettable. I haven't met such tour guide who knew so many details, he was literally explaining all the things for a couple of hours. He had an answer to every our question, and it's unbelievable how many details he noticed and knew about in Hagia Sophia. I think that he could stay a whole day and keep explaining every detail there, that's how knowledgeable he is. We were lucky to be the only ones with him, so it was kind of private tour for us as a bonus. On top of that, he over-delivered guiding tour by leading us through Topnaki for a few hours. Cannot recommend him enough, and can't wait for the next time we visit Istanbul to take another tour with him.
Written April 5, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
Written April 20, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

LoganSusnick
Ljubljana125 contributions
Aug 2021
It seems that all guides on this tour get high scores :) Well, ours was Canan and we feel very lucky that she was with us. She is knowledgeable, experienced, and a true local. We had a well-organized day, not too tiring, not too slow – it was just right! The pickup was perfect, we got into places quickly... The places visited are essential and I'm glad we covered them like this. Although the lunch was in a touristy restaurant, it was super tasty and we were both happy with it. We even got lucky by having only one young couple with us so everything went really really smoothly. And to wrap it up... Our guide Canan is our favorite kind of people that we like to meet on our travels – a person you'd wanna be friends with outside of all this!
Written August 25, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
Written August 30, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nick H
Riverview, FL20 contributions
I left this tour not happy at all. First, the tour guide was not rude or off-putting and the driver was on time. My problem was with a lack of accommodation and tour efficiency.

By lack of accommodation, I mean the tour coordinator said the driver could not pick us up from our location; however, we saw other hotel guests get picked up by tours from our immediate area with no issue. We had to walk 5-10 minutes uphill… normally not a problem, but we had someone using a walking cane in our group. Not an invalid, but certainly not spry. Additionally, the tour guide got off the bus before her guests. I’ve been on many tours and none of them depart a tour before their guests. Not only is it the professional thing to do, but it’s an issue of safety.

It felt to us like this was the first time Karavan put on this tour because we spent an inordinate amount of time doing things we didn’t want to do and much less time doing things we did. We spent maybe an hour or so in a high pressure carpet selling scenario, disguised as a carpet making demonstration. It was a waste of time and amounted to unnecessary frustration. Also, we only had minutes to tour the Grand Bazaar… which should’ve been much longer. The Grand Bazaar was magnificent and deserved a lot more respect than what was allotted.

In short, I wouldn’t do this tour again or recommend this tour company to anyone I cared about. If you want a tour company that’s run efficiently with a tour guide that cares about your well-being then I suggest private Istanbul walking tours. They were incredible.
Written May 19, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. We are sorry for having a negative review from the our guests directly, unfortunately in daily operations such kind of issues might be occur out of our wish/control. We will take care of your comments for our future bookings to improve our service quality. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

lalene
Woonsocket, RI1 contribution
Our tour guide Nehit was amazing! We were in a group with 6 people and Nehit translated the tour in both English and Spanish (for one of the couples with us). He went above and beyond throughout the tour, telling us facts and answering all questions we had about each place. He held conversations with each person and it helped create a friendly atmosphere. Overall really great tour with a nice guide.
Written July 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
Written July 30, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rokas J
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
The trip was amazing.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and approachable. I went as a group of three along side my family members and it became a private tour as no one else booked that day.

I highly recommend this tour, though keep in mind that Blue mosque has renovations happening inside, though we still visited and saw it’s interior.
Written April 29, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
Written May 9, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

halshibani
Tbilisi, Georgia4 contributions
The tour was well organized. The best part of the tour was the tour guide Sedat, extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.
Additionally, he has the best advice for Turkish cuisine. All in all, highly recommended with Sedat.
PS: don’t forget your umbrella during winter. The tour guide was extremely helpful he shared he’s umbrella during the whole tour.
Written January 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

CSG
New York4 contributions
Apr 2022
The tour was worth it! My hotel was within walking distance of everything covered in the tour however the tour guide, Jon (shortened version of his name which I do not recall the Turkish spelling), went above and beyond to ensure that we were well informed and had the most enjoyable day. I mentioned casually to the other 2 tourists, that I couldn't wait to go to the spice bazaar. Jon made it happen, just like that, because we would have normally went to the Grand Bazaar but it was Sunday/closed. A self-tour is possible but is no comparison to an awesome guide!
Written April 28, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
Written May 9, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ali D
3 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Ok... Not a good value for the money.

First I found it weird and inconsiderate that the tour guide was mostly speaking Spanish and not English for instance; yes there were many Hispanics in the tour but there were also non Spanish speaking people in the group and everyone in the group was fluent in English.

From the English bits and whatever was translated to me from my Hispanic friend, it didn't feel much was covered. I signed with my friend to get some historical context (as otherwise I can go to the places by myself) but the context given was basic and superficial. 1
Written September 28, 2021
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Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. We are sorry for having a negative review from the our guests directly. The tour was provided by one of our main tour guide Selcuk Ersan in multi-languages (both in Spanish & English at the same time). He has fluent Spanish and English, also has licence for both 2 languages. Considering the tour in a small group of people, we are not able to arrange private guide for each language in regular daily tours. Unfortunately in daily operations such kind of issues might be occur out of our wish/control. We will take care of your comments for our future bookings to improve our service quality. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
Written October 23, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AnaLorenza
Philadelphia, PA38 contributions
May 2021
Our experience was fantastic! Our guide was amazing. He was one of the best guides we have ever had. There were only two other travelers in the group with us so it was a very personalized experience. Due to the the fact that the president was in the neighborhood we were unable to visit to Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque with out guide. But he talked to the security and told us to go in the early evening since they would open after and thanks to his advice we were able to go! Since we didn't visit those sites during the tour he also took us to the Süleymaniye Mosque. The lunch which is included in the tour was one of the best meals we had on our trip. Our guide went above and beyond. We learned so many things we wouldn't have learned otherwise. If I could give more than 5 stars I would!
Written May 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
Written May 31, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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600unaa
600unaa
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Eye candy in Turkey
What a wonderful experience. Our guide aka Rose and driver Ferret (sp), were amazing! She was very knowledgeable ab
garybS9058QX
garybS9058QX
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Superb!
My guide, Begu, was superb. Fluent English, knowledgeable, insightful. Had multiple, in depth conversations in ge
kate11marie
kate11marie
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An absolute must do for first timers in Istanbul!!
This is an absolute MUST DO for anyone traveling to Istanbul, especially for the first time, and we recommend doing
AmbassadorBas
AmbassadorBas
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Without Doubt one of the very nicest tour Guides I’ve ever had the pleasure to tour with.
Selecuk Ersan, is not only charming, knowledgeable, polite and considerate But he knows his stuff. He is intuitive
TallRay
TallRay
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Great guide, great tour.
The guide, Selecuk Ersan, is very knowledgeable and helpful. We were picked up in a vehicle at the hotel on time.
Suzy P
Suzy P
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Perfect day in Istanbul
This was our second visit to Istanbul and we just had two days, so a food tour covering all the neighbourhoods was
aayushb294
aayushb294
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A lovely food tour with bonus add ons
We started the tour at our hotel where Canan tunckanat met us. She was so friendly and instantly getting to know ou
Priscilazo
Priscilazo
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Great tour
Really enjoyed our tour. Our guide was a great guide. She was very informative and we learned a lot about the histo
Robert G
Robert G
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Highly Recommended
We had an amazing tour of all 3 major sites via Kusadasi. Our guide Ibrihim was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Marcus C
Marcus C
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Just not quite good enough
Not a good start to have to walk to a new destination despite paying for a door to door pick up for the tour.Then w
Mike D
Mike D
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do not take horse carriages. they abuse animals
Do a quick google search and you will see how much this industry is hated by Turkish locals - hundreds of horses di
Werner S
Werner S
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Pick-up organized badly - too much time wasted
Pick-up from Sheraton City at 7:40 am, sit on coach 160 min. before tour starts at Hippodrome. Needed to leave tour
Winston C
Winston C
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Very unfriendly
Everything the tour guide said is 100% scripted, which is fine I guess, but If you have any other questions beyond
Chili R
Chili R
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Never use them!
I am writing this while waiting to be picked up. We are at the meeting point and have been waiting for 45 minutes!
Menhel K
Menhel K
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Bahia Sophia, blue mosque, and grand bazaar.
The tourist guide “Sahar” was very nice, informative, and professional. She provided a detailed description of hist
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