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Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia & More: Istanbul City Tour

Activity provider: Neon Tours

Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia & More: Istanbul City Tour

Activity provider: Neon Tours

From US$ 75 per person

Admire Istanbul's main attractions on this full-day guided tour. You’ll visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. From history to shopping, this sightseeing tour offers an authentic Istanbul experience.

About this activity

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pick up is available from centrally located European side Istanbul hotels
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Blue Mosque, a stunning example of Ottoman architecture
  • Feast your eyes on the Hagia Sophia, one of Turkey’s most important museums
  • Marvel at the grandeur of Topkapi Palace
  • Shop at the massive Grand Bazaar
  • Discover the amazing underground Basilica Cistern
Full description
This full-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides a perfect introduction to the city that straddles Europe and Asia. When Istanbul was known as Constantinople, it was the capital of the Roman Empire and the wealthiest metropolis in Europe. On this city tour you’ll visit Istanbul’s 4 most important historic sites with a local guide. The Blue Mosque is an iconic monument in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds. The stunning structure was built in the classical Ottoman style, and features 6 towering minarets and 260 windows that provide illumination for its vast inner chamber that is lined with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles. In the 6th century, the Hagia Sophia was built by the Emperor Justinian. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and later converted into a museum, featuring many beautiful Byzantine mosaics. One of the largest and oldest palaces in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, walking Topkapi's grounds offers gorgeous views of the city and the nearby Bosphorus. You’ll have time to shop at the Grand Bazaar – its 58 streets are lined with more than 4,000 shops. It is one of the world's largest covered markets, and is particularly known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices, and carpets.
Includes
  • Air-conditioned minivan transport throughout
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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Important information

Know before you go

  •  The local tour provider reserves the right to change the tour itinerary due to unexpected circumstances such as museum closures, holidays, strikes, weather conditions, and other events.
  •  Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Additional time will be spent at the other locations on these days.
  •  The Blue Mosque is being renovated until end of 2020 so some parts of the ceiling might be temporarily covered.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 167 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.4/5

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John, Jordan and I (Monina) enjoyed the entire day with Hakan! He is so knowledgeable and taught us so much about the rich history of Turkey ! We were so impressed that the time went by so quickly! Thank you Hakan! We will definitely recommend his tour to our friends

October 11, 2019

Excellent option for travelers with little time.

The tour is very interesting. The guide fully demonstrated his knowledge of the places visited. Better communication is required between the Tour operator and the traveler about the time they are picked up at the hotels in the central area to avoid misunderstandings. They never communicated with me until the moment the guide was looking for me at the hotel.

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July 27, 2015

Detailed information, well-trained and experienced guide

It's a pity that the tour is not offered in German. The guide spoke perfect English, but very quickly, so a tourist with an average level of English was unlikely to be able to follow and understand everything. The guide was technically and linguistically very competent, but he lacked social skills: no interest in the customers, no queries about names, origin, length of stay, etc. and no feedback questions about the satisfaction of his guide.

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June 18, 2015

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