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Istanbul Cruise Port: Visit the City Highlights Driving Tour

Activity provider: Ephesus Tour Company

Istanbul Cruise Port: Visit the City Highlights Driving Tour

Activity provider: Ephesus Tour Company

From US$ 90.77 per person

Explore Istanbul’s rich history on this tour from the Istanbul cruise port. Admire top sights like the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar.

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Duration 7 hours
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  • Feel the thrill of haggling for bargains at the shops in the Grand Bazaar
  • Discover the history of the city of Istanbul with goes back over 2,500 years
  • Explore the architecture of the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia
  • Snap pictures of the breathtaking ancient Hippodrome chariot race arena
  • Take in the atmosphere and aromas as you shop for souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar
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Make the most of your time in Istanbul with this driving tour to the city's most popular attractions. Shop for some souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar and learn about the city's history at locations like the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace.

Meet your guide at the Galata Port cruise arrival gate. Find your guide easily, as they will be holding a sign with their company logo clearly printed on it. Sit back and relax on the air-conditioned drive to the ancient Hippodrome which was once a public arena for chariot races.

Continue to the Blue Mosque, a stunning example of Ottoman architecture. Enter this mosque to view its impressive main dome from the inside. Capture pictures of its iconic exterior to share with friends.

Drive to the Topkapi Palace and step inside this home to the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Stroll through the museum in which houses the Muslim world’s holiest relics, including the cloak and sword of the Prophet Mohammed.

Stop for break where you can go and purchase a delicious Turkish lunch. Make your way to the 4th-century Hagia Sophia. Explore this museum which was once the Cathedral of Constantinople for over a thousand years before being converted into a mosque in 1453.

Finally, travel to the Grand Bazaar, the largest and the oldest covered marketplace in the world. Look through shops with leather, clothing, rugs, antiques, and jewelry. Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of the market. Return to the port in at the end of your tour.

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Guide
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Tips
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • 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 are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

The meeting point is at the Galata Port where your guide will meet you at the cruise arrival’s gate with a sign that has the Ephesus Tour Company logo

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • This tour takes place rain or shine
  • This tour is only for cruise ship passengers
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The super dear guide !! We met the most tourist in Istanbul! super recommended

March 23, 2022

Zeer goed

May 19, 2022


Die Reiseleiter in Serap ist sehr auf unsere Bedürfnisse eingegangen.

June 6, 2022


Product ID: 412232