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Byzantine & Ottoman Istanbul Full-Day Shore Excursion

4.5 / 5

6 reviews

Activity provider: City Of Sultans

Byzantine & Ottoman Istanbul Full-Day Shore Excursion

Activity provider: City Of Sultans

From US$ 80 per person

Explore the Byzantine and Ottoman highlights of Istanbul on a full-day sightseeing tour. See the iconic Blue Mosque, stroll through the Grand Bazaar, and visit the former residence of the Ottoman sultans.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Russian
Pickup included
Your hotel.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Explore the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires of Istanbul
  • Go to the iconic Blue Mosque to admire the sublime Iznik tiles
  • Visit the former residence of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace
  • Discover the site of all sport and political activities in Istanbul at the Roman Hippodrome
  • Bargain for souvenirs at the maze of streets in the covered Grand Bazaar
Full description
Discover Turkey’s largest and most important city - and the only city in the world to straddle 2 continents - on a full-day shore excursion of Istanbul’s iconic Ottoman and Byzantine highlights. Visit the Blue Mosque, the historic Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, and the lively Grand Bazaar. Your private guide will meet you at the cruise ship terminal and transfer you by air-conditioned vehicle to the Hippodrome, former center of all sports and political activities in Constantinople. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain of Willhelm II. Continue to the exquisite Blue Mosque. One of the largest mosques in Istanbul, the 17th-century architecture is one of the principal adornments of Istanbul's skyline and most notable for its blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets. Visit Topkapi Palace, former imperial residence, from where the Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today it’s a spectacular museum, with one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, as well as the famous treasury of the Royal Family. Go to the church of St. Sophia, also known as the Hagia Sophia, and admire the magnificent Byzantine architecture. End at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. It has been in continuous operation since the 15th-century and is a haven for picking up souvenir gifts of carpets, antiques, trinkets, and bowls of nazar evil eye amulets. Return to your cruise ship in time for your evening activities, or ship’s departure.
  • Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guide
  • Personal COS agent
  • All mentioned entrance fees
  • Gas and parking fees
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Food and drink
  • Tips and personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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  • Please inquire for prices for groups of more than 6 people
  • Other than the languages listed above, City of Sultans might be able to arrange a guide who speaks your native language. Please inquire about this through the inquiry section on the top right hand corner of this page
Customer reviews

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4.5 /5

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Knowledgable Tour guide but disappointed

The tour guide was over an hour and 15minutes late for our scheduled tour time. We didn't waste any time in the long lines at the Blue Mosque or St Sophia so that was a plus. He brought us to a very nice lunch place that served local fare. He also brought us to a carpet and leather sales presentation with some free time for the Grand Bazaar. The tour didn't visit Topkapi Palace since it was closed on Tuesday and was supposed to be replaced by the Basilic Cistern which was not covered that day by this tour. This itinerary was previously confirmed with the tour office prior to the tour.He was very knowledgable about the sites.

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September 24, 2011

very interesting guide and visit very well managed

Even if I ordered a visit in French, the visit was made in English and the confirmation voucher also stated English

February 12, 2016

Très intéressant et très bon guide avec un français parfait.

April 19, 2022


Product ID: 12699