Istanbul: Guided Landmarks Tour with Entry Tickets & Lunch

4.3 / 5

23 Reviews

Istanbul: Guided Landmarks Tour with Entry Tickets & Lunch

From € 80 per person

Discover Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey with a deep and rich cultural history. Visit the most attractive locations including Sultanahmet Square, Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and the Grand Bazaar.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 8 hours
Starting time 8:15 AM
Skip the ticket line
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Your hotel in Sultanahmet, Taksim, or Mecidiyekoy. A pick-up and drop-off service from 20 km around Sultanahmet Square is provided.
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Hagia Sophia, the largest ancient Church and former Mosque
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace, an Ottoman Imperial house which has housed 25 Sultans for 400 years
  • Discover the Hipodrome a location for social activity in Roman times
  • See the Blue Mosque a symbol of Istanbul with unique Ottoman architecture
  • Stroll through the Grand Bazaar, the largest shopping mall of its time
Full description
After being picked up from your hotel, meet your guide and embark on a full day tour of Istanbul's main landmarks and historical sites. Start with a trip to the Hagia Sophia Museum. Discover how for many centuries, the Hagia Sophia was the largest church in the world, and still boasts the 4th largest dome in the world as one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. Next, head over to the Topkapi Palace Museum, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. Discover how the former palace boasted a population of about 4,000 people at its peak and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years. Located on a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, it sits in tranquil gardens that provide shade from the blazing heat of the summer. Pop into the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem, among other attractions. Continue the tour with a visit to the Hippodrome, a former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. Witness the 3 remaining monuments from the original building, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. Pause to look at the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble columns. After this, make a stop at the Blue Mosque, more officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque. Admire the striking blue tiles which give the mosque its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Located close to Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque was considered the Supreme Imperial Mosque in Istanbul. Finally, take a stroll through the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handicraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric, and it's a great place to try out your bargaining skills.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off within Taksim, Sultanahmet, or Mecidiyekoy
  • Professional licensed guide
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Professional cameras

Know before you go

  • All sites are within walking distance from each other
  • Please be ready 10 minutes before the meeting time
  • The Hagia Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays to be replaced with Underground Cistern
  • The Topkapi Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays to be replaced with a tour of the Islamic Art Museum
  • The Grand Bazaar is closed on Tuesday to be replaced with the Spice Bazaar
  • The Blue Mosque is closed on Friday for Friday prayers but a visit will take place from the outside
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.2 / 5
  • Organization
    4.1 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The experience was wonderful, and actually exceeded our expectations. The guide, Alper, was very friendly, explained everything in detail, helped with all our requests and generally left us with the best impressions. We had a really good time! Our request for pickup from hotel outside the city center was also accommodated. We will highly recommend this tour for our friends and future travelers!! Many thanks, Spyros

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28 December 2019

Our guide Mr. Ismail (Gulliver Travels) gave ample time to enjoy all the itinerary sites with skip the lines for all the locations along with detailed descriptions about the history and importance of the sites. The lunch included was descent. Recommend for people staying for short time in İstanbul. The guide indeed an asset for the company.

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2 December 2019

Emrah, the guide was fantastic. He was knowledge and easy going. The sites were good selections although we didn't love the Blue Mosque... It was massively under construction and absolutely heaving with tourists. The lunch was okay, a spot all the group tours get taken. The highlight of the trip was the Aya Sofya and the guide.

26 September 2019

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