Day trip

Best of Istanbul in 1 Day

Activity provider: City Of Sultans

Best of Istanbul in 1 Day

Activity provider: City Of Sultans
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Embark on a day out in Istanbul and see all the iconic sites. Learn about the rich history from your guide, and visit the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and the Hagia Sophia.

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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Pickup included
Pickup from centrally located hotels in Taksim, Sultanahmet, Old City, Fatih, Sisli, Beyoglu, Besiktas areas.

Experience

Itinerary
7 hours
  • Istanbul

  • Sultanahmet Square

  • Sultan Ahmed Mosque

  • Topkapi Palace

  • Hagia Sophia

  • Grand Bazaar

  • Istanbul

Pickup included
Main stop
Highlights
  • Visit all the main tourist attractions in Istanbul
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet and more
  • Learn about the rich history of Istanbul as you explore its many historic sites
Full description

Discover Istanbul's most iconic sights on a van tour. Listen to your guide recount tales of the city's colorful past as you pass by landmarks such as the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome. Round off the experience with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world.

Start your tour at the Hippodrome of Constantinople, which was the sports and social center of the old city. Discover major artworks including the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain of Willhelm II.

Then, continue to the Blue Mosque, whose 6 minarets adorn Istanbul’s skyline. Next up is the Topkapi Palace, which was home to Ottoman emperors between the 15th and 19th centuries.

Marvel at the jewel-stuffed treasury, the Ottoman Empire's imperial collections, and priceless displays of Oriental porcelain. If the Topkapi Palace is closed on your trip date, you'll visit the Nakkas Cistern instead.

Continue to the Hagia Sophia Mosque, a monument of equal significance to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Behold the dome and stunning mosaics of this architectural gem as your guide recounts its turbulent history. Then, enter the Grand Bazaar with over 3,000 shops selling everything from carpets to jewelry to ceramics and leather goods. Take a stroll around the Spice Bazaar and soak in the aroma of different spices, dried fruits, nuts, sweets, and lokum (Turkish Delights).

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Live guide
  • All entrance tickets to museums and sites
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Topkapi Palace is closed every Tuesday and is replaced with Nakkas Cistern
  • Inner parts of Grand Bazaar are closed every Sunday
  • The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are unable to be visited during prayer times and special events. Some of the inner parts of the Blue Mosque are currently under renovation
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 542 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.1/5

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We were picked up at the hotel and taken to the sights by minibus. This trip is highly recommended because you see the main hotspots. However, you have to be good on foot, because we walked about 8 km. At the end the group was taken by the guide to a fur and leather shop, we didn't go because we want to decide for ourselves when we buy something. The guide made a lot of effort to give us essential information about the Topkapi Palace and the mosques.

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December 31, 2022

A big thank you goes to *TourGuideHamit*, the tour was a huge success! It was a great day with many great moments. Our guide brought so much love and esprit, a great person. We were a small group, we all got along more than well and it was like a small family looking at the highlights of Istanbul. I can only recommend the tour with Hamit, he is very knowledgeable and knows an incredible amount about the city. It was an honor for me!!

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December 30, 2022

Van was 10/10 very comfortable Mercedes black van. Guide was knowledgeable Guide was fast to walk around therefore I encourage tourists to catchup with him so it won’t waste time. Met some nice people who joined as team to explore. The guide emran spoke good English. Food was not included in my package however other people did. So I suggest to look if u wish to buy package wirh lunch. All tickets to museum and other entries were included. No fast track entry I experienced. Taken good photos and clips , I will use again.

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December 5, 2022

Product ID: 326411