Discover the treasures of Istanbul on a deluxe full-day sightseeing tour by car. Your guide will show you the best the city has to offer and can customize the tour to meet your expectations. Tour Topkapi Palace and browse the shops at the Grand Bazaar!
What to Expect
On this full-day tour of Istanbul you’ll visit the city’s most iconic monuments, have the opportunity to gain an insight into Istanbul’s daily life, and see aspects of the city that are not typically on the tourist route. During this unforgettable day, your guide will tell you about culture and traditions and also about present-day Istanbul.
You’ll be picked up at an agreed point in the city, and with the flexibility provided by having a car you’ll enjoy comfort and flexibility during the tour.
The tour begins at the Hippodrome, where in ancient times Roman horse-drawn chariots raced to the cheers of the crowds. A few monuments have survived, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column.
You’ll continue on to the Blue Mosque, a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture that combines Islamic and Byzantine elements. Officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, it is the striking blue tiles that give the structure its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions.
Visit Topkapi Palace, the residence of the sultans of Turkey for 400 years. This is a monument to the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. In its heyday the palace boasted a population of about 4,000 and was home to 25 different sultans.
The next stop on the tour is Hagia Sophia, which embodies the mix of 3 great civilizations: Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman. Afterwards, you’ll visit the fascinating Basilica Cistern, and descend into its depths to see the 1001 columns in a magical subterranean atmosphere.
Your tour ends at the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest closed markets in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the maze of stalls and galleries and bargain for handmade carpets, evil eye trinkets, and antiques. Listen to the more than 100 languages spoken in the bazaar, and have a cup of strong Turkish coffee.
- Professional guide service
- Rental car with driver
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees
- Parking fees