Istanbul, Turkey

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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the mighty monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, as you journey through Istanbul’s vibrant past on this full-day small-group tour by luxury minivan. Explore the infamous harem and dazzling treasury of Topkapi Palace; stand in awe beneath the magnificent dome of Hagia Sophia; and learn how the Hippodrome was once used for chariot races. With numbers limited to 12, you’ll enjoy personalised attention from your guide, who can help you haggle for souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar, or offer insight into religious traditions as you visit the Blue Mosque.
  • Full-day tour of Istanbul’s Byzantine and Ottoman highlights
  • Travel around UNESCO-listed Sultanahmet by luxury Mercedes minivan and visit five historical landmarks
  • Discover the Hagia Sophia, perhaps Istanbul’s greatest architectural masterpiece
  • Marvel at the riches of the Topkapi Palace, the historical residence of Ottoman sultans
  • Behold the minarets and blue, Iznik-tiled interiors of the Blue Mosque
  • Visit the Grand Bazaar and the Hippodrome, once the scene of ancient chariot races
  • Enjoy the personalized attention of a guide on a small-group tour limited to 12 people

Reviews

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V
, Jun 2016

excellent tour guide

F
, Jan 2016

Great. The guide was the best.

F
, Oct 2015

Very nice tour. The guide Eren was excellent. He knew all the short cuts and a lot on interesting information. Highly recommend it.

M
, Jun 2015

First off, I want to qualify my review. I am a licensed tour guide in Israel so I have high expectations and am very aware of the difficulties in this field. That being said, I was extremely impressed by our tour guide, Eren. Eren is one of the principals the tour company and an extremely knowledgeable and professional guide. I was picked up on time and we traveled in a Mercedes Mini Bus. Our guide made sure that not only were we well informed about the history, architecture, and religious significance of each site but Eren had plenty of inside tips for us as well. I was pleasantly surprised by Eren's candor regarding Turkish politics. His national pride did not overly color his opinions a very tough thing to accomplish but very important as a tour guide. Overall I was truly impressed with the tour and especially with our guide. I will be going back for a more in-depth tour later this year and will use Eren again for sure. I highly recommend this tour and if possible, request Eren as your guide.

H
, Jun 2015

It was, indeed, a wonderful journey. This was the first time we had ever tried a guided trip, but now I know it is an excellent way to travel.You planned for us so well, and took care of all the difficult details so we could concentrate on the beauty, the rich cultural history, and the kind and friendly people of Turkey.

R
, Apr 2015

Very informative tour, however guide was not very personable and the tour was rather generic. The guide's knowledge of history and the sites was great. On a few occasions, we lost a few members of the group due to the sheer number of tourists around, so it would be a good idea for the guide to have a distinguishing flag of some kind for group members to look for!
We didn't have enough time to see everything at Dolmabace Palace as the multiple lines were too long given our time to see everything, but what we did see was great.
Lunch on the tour was relatively Americanized, but good. Extra costs for drinks.

All in all a good tour, very informative and historical, great opportunities for photos, and an excellent way to surpass the long lines of the top tourist destinations in Istanbul.

A
, Apr 2015

I want to thank for our wonderful tour of Istanbul last week. We enjoyed so much seeing very beautiful city and warm people. Our tour guide was very polite and enjoyable. We would love to have had more time in Istanbul.


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