Admire the best of Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul on a full-day tour of this endlessly absorbing city. Travel by luxury minivan with a knowledgeable guide, and check out 5 top Istanbul attractions that recall these all-powerful empires.
What to Expect
Your private guide and driver will meet you at your hotel or cruise ship, and you’ll head out for a full-day VIP tour of Istanbul.
Visit the Hippodrome, the center of sporting and political activities of ancient Constantinople. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the German Fountain of Willhelm II.
Continue to the Blue Mosque, dating from the 17th century. This is one of the largest mosques in Istanbul and one of the principal features of the city skyline. It’s best known for its blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets.
Afterwards, you’ll visit Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence that was the seat of the Great Ottoman Empire. Explore the spectacular museum and its vast collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the treasury of the royal family.
Continue to the Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Byzantine Church considered one of the finest and largest architectural works in the world.
The last stop on the tour is the Grand Bazaar. In addition to its historical importance, this is a shopping venue that will tempt even the non-shoppers among you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather, and souvenirs.
At the end of the tour, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel or cruise ship.
- All entrance tickets
- Private professional tour guide
- Private luxurious Mercedes-Benz minibus
Know Before You Go
• Please note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and the visit will be replaced with a visit to the Basilica Cistern