Istanbul Highlights: 6-Hour Tour for Cruisers

Istanbul Highlights: 6-Hour Tour for Cruisers

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Salipazari, Istanbul cruise port

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What You'll Do
  • Make the most of your Istanbul stopover with a tour designed for cruise passengers
  • Marvel at the handcrafted mosaics of the Hagia Sophia
  • Barter for bargains in the massive Grand Bazaar
Take in the most iconic sights of Istanbul on a 6-hour tour that's perfect for cruisers docked in Istanbul for just a day. Explore the vast variety on offer at the Grand Bazaar, marvel at the stunning Hagia Sophia, and step back in time at the Hippodrome.
What to Expect
Your 6-hour shore excursion begins with a pick-up at the Istanbul cruise port pier. You’ll be transferred to the old city, where all of the important monuments and main attractions of Istanbul are located.

Start out at one of Istanbul's greatest architectural masterpieces – the Hagia Sophia. This 6th century basilica will stun you with its towering minarets and beautifully handcrafted mosaics. It is called, by some, the 8th wonder of the world, and you’ll discover why.

Following your visit to Hagia Sophia, head across the street to the Blue Mosque. One of the most famous monuments in all of Turkey, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque) is a monument to the Ottoman Empire and its builders. It was named for the more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles that adorn its façade and interior.

Step back in time at the Hippodrome, and imagine what life might have been like as locals traveled to see the chariot races at this famous sporting arena. The arena dates to Egyptian times, and there are still relics of the past dotting the site.

After all this focus on history, it’ll be time to take a shopping break! Head to the Grand Bazaar, where you’ll have a chance to barter on items from fine leather goods to spices and plenty of sweets as well. There are nearly 4,000 stalls here, so you’re sure to find something for yourself, along with a few gifts to take back home.
What's Included
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Entry tickets to the museums
  • Round-trip transportation between the cruise port and the old city
What's Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
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