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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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Many of Istanbul’s highlights are in the old city, and this tour allows you to visit all of them while leaving the navigation to an expert. Explore Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar, hearing commentary from your guide about the history and importance of each site. A small group size means plenty of personal attention, and hotel pickup and drop-off adds extra convenience. 
  • 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’ll 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.

Galataport, Sarayburnu
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • 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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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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We were the only couple on the tour and our Guide Sammy tailored it to our needs. Excellent tour, did what it said on the tin and to our timetable. Highly recommended.
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I was the only one on this walking tour around Istanbul. Lale, which means Tulip, was my guide and she was such fun. Her knowledge and insights of the major attractions was superb. We managed to cover a lot in a day and every time we went somewhere like the carpet place
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I would have missed many sights in the mosques if it hadn't been for my guide. It's not always easy to find the hidden treasures using guide books.
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