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Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi)
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Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) Tours and Activities

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Beautiful yet eerie, Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) isn’t your average underground well. Dating back to the Byzantine era, the huge cistern was built in the mid-500s on the former site of a basilica. More than 300 marble columns provide a grand, serene atmosphere to what was essentially subterranean water storage.

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Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, Fatih, Istanbul, 34110
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Istanbul: Basilica Cistern VIP Tickets

Istanbul: Basilica Cistern VIP Tickets

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Skip the lines at the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul with a tour that includes your ticket to this popular attraction. Your guide shares commentary about the cistern, which is the largest water cistern built in ancient times. Once your guide has lead you into the cistern and provided commentary, feel free to further explore the landmark at your own pace.
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  • 15 minutes to 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$11.79
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$11.79

VIP Istanbul Combo Ticket: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Baslica Cistern

VIP Istanbul Combo Ticket: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Baslica Cistern

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Experience Istanbul like a pro, when you buy a skip-the-line combination ticket for the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Basilica Cistern. Upon arrival at each location, your guide escorts you past the long queue for fast entrance. After a brief overview, you’re ready to explore at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to see the three world-famous attractions in any order that works for you. (Note: Cistern admission at 11am only.)
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.86
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$51.86
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Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia

Small-Group Tour Including Topkapi Palace, Underground Cistern and Hagia Sophia

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Fit all of Istanbul's attractions at the top of your bucket list into one packed day, with the help of an expert local guide. Stroll Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet neighborhood, brimming with iconic buildings and storied streets. Tour the Blue Mosque, one of the most important sites in the Muslim world. Delve into history of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and Istanbul Hippodrome as well as the 'sunken palace' of Basilica Cistern. And you won’t want to miss the and the bustling Grand Bazaar or savory 3-course lunch.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Bazaar

Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Bazaar

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Discover the highlights of Sultanahmet, Istanbul's historic 'old town' on this half-day walking tour. Join your guide for a curated Istanbul experience, and avoid common Sultanahmet experiences like getting lost or being targeted by aggressive touts. Learn all about storied sites like the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern from your English-speaking guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.47
Price varies by group size
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$29.47
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
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$150.00
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Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day or Full Day Private Walking Tour

Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day or Full Day Private Walking Tour

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Get an in-depth exploration of Istanbul on this full-day or half-day private tour. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide and stroll through the Sultanahmet neighborhood. Visit the Hippodrome, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. Choose to add Topkapi Palace to a full-day itinerary.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.86
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$117.86
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Istanbul Highlights Half-Day Tour

Istanbul Highlights Half-Day Tour

This is a Half Day Guided Tour Which is suggested to the Cruisers. During this Skip The Line Tour you will see St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Underground Roman Cistern, and Grand Bazaar. Explore the Local Sites of Istanbul and visit some of the most renowned architecture and its surroundings.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$94.29
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$94.29

Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar
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Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

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Venture to imperial monuments rich with history and discover the Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar during this half-day guided tour in Istanbul. Gaze at the Hagia Sophia’s massive columns and dome during a visit to one of the world’s largest basilicas and most popular museums in Turkey. This tour will take you underground to Basilica Cistern which was once the backbone of the Great Palace of Constantinople. Enjoy a trip to the Grand Bazaar where you can barter for souvenirs and feel the pulse of one of the oldest and largest covered markets on the planet.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Experience the finest attractions in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district during this private, guided day tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Marvel at these famous monuments alongside your expert guide who will give you individual attention on this private voyage.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
Price varies by group size
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$95.00
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Historical Peninsula

Historical Peninsula

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Its a different experience... Because our guides are in their golden age that they can inform you for more than enough things... about culture, about food, about history, about shopping...
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  • 6 to 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$141.44
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$141.44

Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

Istanbul Sightseeing Walking Tour

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See Istanbul’s most notable landmarks and secret backstreets on this small-group walking tour. Learn about the city’s Byzantine and Ottoman history from an English-speaking guide. Pass by Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and the Spice Bazaar. On this tour, learn about the attractions, but not venture inside. Discover where locals eat and drink.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.57
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$23.57
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Istanbul Super Saver: Small-Group City Sightseeing Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show
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Istanbul Super Saver: Small-Group City Sightseeing Tour plus Turkish Dinner and Show

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Discover the enchanting city of Istanbul on this convenient two-in-one tour that saves you 10% off the normal price. By combining two of Istanbul’s best-selling tours, you’re guaranteed to see the best of this historic city in one convenient trip. Don’t miss sites like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Take advantage of some time on your own to explore, then savor a 4-course Turkish dinner and with belly dancing and live traditional Turkish folk music.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$135.00
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$135.00
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Istanbul Private Walking Higlights Tour

Istanbul Private Walking Higlights Tour

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Explore Istanbul with a guide dedicated to your party; you'll enjoy personalized attention and a flexible schedule. Concentrate on the must-see highlights, such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, as well as other less-visited sites. Paying admission to the attractions as you go means you only pay for what you want to see. Along the way, learn about Istanbul's past and modern times through commentary tailored to your interests.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
per group
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$150.00
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Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airports & Hotels

Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airports & Hotels

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Take advantage of extended layover time in Istanbul on a round-trip tour of city highlights from the airport, customized to suit your interests and schedule. Zip with ease between iconic sights such as the Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, or Topkapı Palace, and benefit from historic and cultural insights provided by your professional guide.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$149.00
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$149.00
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Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities

Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities

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Cover Istanbul’s top sights in just a few hours during this private, half-day guided tour, designed as a layover excursion for airline passengers. Enjoy hassle-free, front-door pickup from your airport terminal, and travel comfortably around the city in your own chauffeured, climate-controlled transportation. Highlights include stops at the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and whatever other destinations you select.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$149.00
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$149.00
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Historical Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City from Hagia Sophia

Historical Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City from Hagia Sophia

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We will be meeting with our guests at the gate of the Hagia Sophia and will start our walking tour with visiting Hagia Sophia, officially the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and formerly the Church of Hagia Sophia is a Late Antique place of worship in Istanbul. Afterward, we will visit Blue Mosque, A functioning mosque, it also attracts large numbers of tourist visitors. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. Then we walk to the Hippodrome square and see the city walls and the Leather atelier workshop. You will be seeing each part of the production. After the lunch break, we will visit Topkapi Palace, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.18
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$34.18
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Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar
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Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

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Explore the fascinating history of Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar during this half-day privately guided tour of imperial Istanbul. Discover the ancient church, former mosque and now internationally famous museum, the Hagia Sophia. This tour will wind you through the Grand Bazaar where you can haggle for Turkish treasures and then take you 500 feet below ground into the historic Basilica Cistern where a James Bond once thwarted evil plans.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Highlights of Istanbul Walking Tour

Highlights of Istanbul Walking Tour

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First-time travelers can discover the best of Istanbul with this small-group highlights tour, perfect for getting your bearings in this picturesque city. Explore the city's top landmarks with your guide, find a few hidden gems, and learn about the city's diverse cultural and architectural achievements. Along the way, you can spot the Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, and even stop at an Ottoman-era spice market to get a taste of the time-honored marketplace experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$17.90
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$17.90
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Highlights of Istanbul- Half day walking tour with small group of max 8 people

Highlights of Istanbul- Half day walking tour with small group of max 8 people

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Appreciating Istanbul’s many historical and cultural landmarks can be tricky on a self-led excursion. Explore on a walking tour with a local guide for intimate insight into top attractions, including the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Avoid hidden costs with a traditional lunch, refreshments, and entrance fees included, and benefit from the small-group tour size for a more personalized experience.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$129.65
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$129.65
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Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour

Private Istanbul Old City Walking Tour

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This is a private flexible tour and guests can customize the tour! The best tour which you can discover the famous monuments of Istanbul in one day.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.93
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$58.93
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Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour

Top Sites Of Istanbul: Half Day Small-Group tour

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Get the perfect introduction to Istanbul’s most iconic places during a half-day tour of the old city with an experienced guide. Step into the world of Ottoman sultans and Byzantine emperors as you make your way from the Hippodrome to the Blue Mosque and the underground Basilica Cistern. Explore the gleaming mosaics at Hagia Sophia, then immerse yourself in the bright colors, vivid scents and bustling aisles of the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy the personal experience of a small-group tour, with insider tips and advice from a local.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.93
Price varies by group size
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$58.93
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Highlights of Istanbul: 1,2 or 3 Days Private Guided Tour

Highlights of Istanbul: 1,2 or 3 Days Private Guided Tour

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Whether you are interested in history, architecture, or how to brew the perfect Turkish tea, our 1,2 or 3 day tours will covel all. We are ready to take you around Istanbul for one day or the duration of your trip.Our guides will fascinate you with the story of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, will wander with you in our bazaars and spice markets, and host you in our favorite restaurants off the tourist track. Istanbul is a heaven of handicraft goods, if you are interested you will have a chance to see some demonstrations of handicrafts. -Best Local Guides -The Top Attractions along with off beaten paths -Customize the itinerary according to your interest -Taste local food and desserts.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.00
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$160.00
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10 Days Private Tour of Turkey

10 Days Private Tour of Turkey

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Experience the scope of Turkey’s history, landscape, coast, and culture on this 10-day tour. Choose your accommodation independently to suit your needs. Take domestic flights between Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Didyma, and Bodrum and see the highlights in each destination. Learn about each place from a guide. On the ground, travel comfortably in an air-conditioned minivan.
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,838.69
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$1,838.69
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Istanbul Welcome Card Premium

Istanbul Welcome Card Premium

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Have your Istanbul Welcome Card ready when you arrive in your hotel! We deliver your pass for free before you arrival to your hotel so you can start exploring Istanbul straight away. Benefits of this Card:
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  • 7 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.54
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$69.54

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Should I book Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) costs USD 11.79. Guided Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) tours start around USD 11.79 per person.
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