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Istanbul: Full-Day Imperial & Asia Small Group Tour

4.6 / 5

8 reviews

Activity provider: Adore Tour & Travel

Istanbul: Full-Day Imperial & Asia Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Adore Tour & Travel

From US$ 70.79 per person

See the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Beylerbeyi Palace and visit the Asian side passing over the Bosphorus Bridge with an official guide including entrance fees as per itinerary, lunch and transportation on this full-day small group tour.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
City center hotels on the European side of Istanbul.

Experience

Highlights
  • See Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar and its 4,000 shops full of treasures
  • Enjoy your Lunch
  • Visit the Asian side of Istanbul, passing over the Bosphorus Bridge
  • See Camlica Hill, Grand Camlica Mosque, and Beylerbeyi Palace
Full description
Begin your tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century A.D. and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next, you will visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. Brief Handicrafts Presentation & Lecture (Optional Attendance) next to the Grand Bazaar. Free time to explore Grand Bazaar on your own. 1 hour visit, Meeting back and drive to Lunch. Visit the Grand Bazaar to see carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. Note: Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. On Sundays we visit Nuruosmaniye Street around Grand Bazaar since Grand Bazaar is closed. Enjoy your lunch. We begin by driving across the Bosphorus Bridge, for a time the world’s longest suspension bridge, and head for the summit of Çamlıca Hill and its panoramic views of Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the Princes’ Islands. Our next stop is the Grand Çamlıca Mosque, the largest mosque in Turkey, opened in 2019 and was designed by two female architects, Bahar Mızrak and Hayriye Gül Totu. A short drive brings us to the Palace of Beylerbeyi on the shore of the Bosphorus. Perhaps the most elegant late Ottoman palace, Beylerbeyi boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls with Bohemian crystal chandeliers and Sèvres and Chinese vases, including a main salon with an indoor fountain. The sultans’ guests at the palace included Empress Eugénie of France, Shah Nasruddin of Persia and Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia. (Every day except Mondays.)
Includes
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off (city center hotels on the European side only)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • VAT
  • 4-course lunch (vegetarian menu is available and sample menu: soup and seasonal appetizers and salad, main course like meatball or chicken, dessert)
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Children 18-years-old and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • During religious holidays, the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar will be closed
  • Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties
  • The Spice Bazaar may be visited prior to the Bosphorus Cruise, depending on the number of tour participants
  • Every day available except Mondays and Thursdays
  • On Sundays, when the Grand Bazaar is closed, you will visit Nuruosmaniye around the Grand Bazaar
  • On Friday morning, The Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia are visioned only from outside because of Friday Prayer
  • A sample menu for lunch might include soup and seasonal appetizers and salad, a main course like meatballs or chicken, and a dessert
  • 20 to 25 persons for each group
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
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We started our stay with this activity, which gave us a good idea of this gigantic city. The tour is well organized but a flat on the meal, we have never eaten so badly during our stay. It's the only regret of this tour

January 6, 2020

January 1, 2020

Giro very nice and full of things to see. Prepared and nice guide.

December 23, 2019

Product ID: 98535