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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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Overview
Discover the main highlights in Istanbul’s old town during this small size full day tour with an expert tour guide. Visit old town, the Unesco world Heritage sites, see the acknowledged archaeological and natural monuments, unrivalled artifacts during the tour and will enjoy the privileges that we will gladly arrange for your utmost pleasure to explore the Turkish way. This tour runs everyday 09:00 – 17:00 and there will be 1 – 10 people in the group.
Highlights
  • Tour the sites of Old Town, hearing commentary from your guide
  • 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
Departure Point
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.

Ports

  • Galataport
  • Sarayburnu
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
8h
Inclusions
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
Exclusions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Airport pick up and drop off (additional fee)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Please Note:Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Underground Cistern. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will also be replaced with Underground Cistern. Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and replaced with Underground Cistern.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Ms Lale reaches late and blames it on traffic. She is pushy to make her commission and wants to take us to a pudding place while we wanted local food...all others in the group included. Without asking if we want to buy carpets, she tricks us into seeing a 200 year house and
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Great insight tour to Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Expect a lot of walking and walking is the best and only way to explore all these sights. Our guide Ms Lale was our guide for the day and she was straight up no BS kind of tour guide which I like. She
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Excellent tour to see all the key sites and stopover for lunch. Just note the grand bazaar is not open on a Sunday but this is substituted with another site visit. Overall recommend Semih as a guide and the tour company. Had a great introduction to Istanbul thanks to them :)
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We were in a small of 6 total and great group and guide Semih was excellent and very knowledgable about his country. Would recommend this again.
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First off, Semih was 15 minutes earlier than we expected. Even though it rained for the beginning of our tour, Semih made sure we saw as much of Istanbul as we could. He was very knowledgeable and made it his business to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. He also provided us with
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By: Global Travel Services Day Tours
Connor T
Melbourne, Australia
31
Brilliant
This was an excellent tour that covered a lot of ground with sufficient depth. The tour guide was exceptional in
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Reshma-India
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
217
Nothing wrong with the locales with everything wrong with Tour guide Ms Lale
Ms Lale reaches late and blames it on traffic. She is pushy to make her commission and wants to take us to a
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Chooee H
Singapore, Singapore
142
Great insight tour to Istanbul’s key historic sights
Great insight tour to Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Expect a lot of walking and walking
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Ima
10
Great tour of key sites
Excellent tour to see all the key sites and stopover for lunch. Just note the grand bazaar is not open on a Sunday
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darlenesemon
Phoenix, Arizona
10
Small group tour in Istanbul
We were in a small of 6 total and great group and guide Semih was excellent and very knowledgable about his
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Jesskb
Hawthorn, Australia
40
Faced paced fun!
This was a fantastic tour, I’d recommend it to all. Especially if coming to Istanbul for the first time. The lady
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Oscar C
Atlanta, Georgia
45
Thanks, Semih
First off, Semih was 15 minutes earlier than we expected. Even though it rained for the beginning of our tour,
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Hudswell
Branston, United Kingdom
4730
Excellent
We were the only couple on the tour and our Guide Sammy tailored it to our needs. Excellent tour, did what it said
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cristim514
Bucharest, Romania
19335
Great tour
I had a very good time with Ozlem, who took me to the main sites of Istanbul. It was very convenient to not wait
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Charmaine G
3022
Its Spring time and Tulip is my guide! Such fun.
I was the only one on this walking tour around Istanbul. Lale, which means Tulip, was my guide and she was such
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