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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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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
per group
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$150.00
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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 Tourist Pass: 35+ Top Attractions/ Services

Istanbul Tourist Pass: 35+ Top Attractions/ Services

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Save time and money on Istanbul’s top attractions with an Istanbul Tourist Pass, with a choice of 3- or 7-day digital city pass. This comprehensive sightseeing pass grants you: skip-the-line admission to Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace museums; a hop-on hop-off city bus tour and Bosphorus Strait boat tour plus an evening performance of whirling dervishes, and Istanbul SEA LIFE Aquarium.
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  • 7 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$143.09
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$143.09
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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
Price varies by group size
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Istanbul Layover Tour from Istanbul ( New) Airport

Istanbul Layover Tour from Istanbul ( New) Airport

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Get out of the airport and see Istanbul’s Old City during your layover on this tour. Meet your guide at the airport travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to the center of Istanbul. Maximize your time and skip the lines at the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. You can choose to visit the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Basilica Cistern, Taksim Square, and other places of interest.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$424.60
per group
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$424.60
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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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$121.31
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$121.31
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Istanbul Private Guiding Service

Istanbul Private Guiding Service

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This fully customizable private guided tour of Istanbul ticks off the highlights with a bespoke itinerary, tailor-made just for you. Arrange to be picked up at your hotel or port, making this an ideal option for first-time travelers or cruise ship passengers. Get enriching background commentary on your choice of attractions, from ancient relics to Ottoman splendors, as you take in the history-packed city at your own pace.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.00
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$69.00
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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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$53.38
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$53.38
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Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Hippodrome - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Market

Istanbul Old City: Hagia Sophia - Hippodrome - Suleymaniye Mosque - Spice Market

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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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$30.33
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$30.33
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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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$12.36
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$12.36
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Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & Hotels

Private Layover Tour from Istanbul Airport & 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 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.71
Price varies by group size
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$157.71
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Istanbul Tour in Mercedes Vito with Private Driver

Istanbul Tour in Mercedes Vito with Private Driver

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This private time-saver tour allows you to customize your own Istanbul sightseeing itinerary. Travel comfortably between locations in your own chauffeured and climate-controlled vehicle, stopping at must-see sites, from Topkapi Palace to the Grand Bazaar to the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Round-trip hotel transfers are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$291.15
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$291.15
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Istanbul Welcome Card Deluxe

Istanbul Welcome Card Deluxe

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Make the most of Istanbul from the time you land with this comprehensive introduction to the city where east meets west. Save time with airport transfers and fast-track museum entry without compromising on price; this package includes discounts at local attractions, shops and restaurants as well as three free journeys on public transit. Spend a little less time stressing over trip planning by bundling airport transfers, attractions and transport together.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.73
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$110.73

Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities

Private Istanbul Layover Tours & Activities

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Istanbul Layover Tours is mainly specialized on layover tours from Istanbul Airports. Meet and Greet: It is easier to find your driver at the airport now. You will be met and accompanied to the vehicle by a welcome host at a spesific spot / time. Timely & Safe Logistic; Enjoy comfortable round-trip transfer from/to airport with private and spacious van. . Fast Track Entry: Be VIP and save precious time at the museums ticket desks thanks to the accredited tour guides from Ministry of Culture and Tourism Professional and Enthusiastic Guides: Our guides are not only a good historian but also your travel companion. Learn about culture, politics & religion through personal stories and anecdotes. Eat like a local: Taste delicious, reasonable non-touristy local food at the eatiers where the only locals eat. Various food restrictions are welcomed
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$155.00
Price varies by group size
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$155.00
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Imperial Istanbul Half-Day Tour: Hagia Sophia, Basillica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

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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Pearl of Istanbul Tour: 2 Day Private Guided Tour

Pearl of Istanbul Tour: 2 Day Private Guided Tour

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Explore Istanbul with a private guide on a customizable tour. Pearl of Istanbul tour on a private 2-day walking or with van tour. Enjoy a river cruise and guided tour of the city highlights, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, and Istiklal Street. *Private guide means a more personalized experience *Option to select a 2-day private tour by walking or VAN *Book an included tour vehicle for door-to-door service *Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city *Customize the itinerary according to your schedule
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$200.00
per group
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$200.00
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Private Half-day Tour: Imperial Istanbul - Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

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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Istanbul Layover Day Tour

Istanbul Layover Day Tour

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You don’t have to sit in the airport all day if you have a long layover in Istanbul. With a stop of more than four hours it is possible to visit a number of the city’s must-see sights. The tour is customizable so you can change things to suit your interests and available time. You’ll also skip the lines—making sure that you don’t miss your connection!—with pre-booked tickets.
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  • 5 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$198.00
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$198.00
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2 Days Istanbul Tour with Private Guiding Service

2 Days Istanbul Tour with Private Guiding Service

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Turkey is a treasure chest. Being in Turkey is like being in candy shop. On this trip, you will reward yourself for being in such an amazing country withh all the stories you heard in history classes taking action in this country. You will witness how lucky the Turks are and leave the country by drying your appetite … !! NOTE: If your accommodation is not in Sultanahmet area, the price will be USD 70 more per person.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$328.67
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$328.67
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Private Tour of Istanbul With Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

Private Tour of Istanbul With Hotel Pickup and Drop-off

See the best of Istanbul on a private, full-day tour, and enjoy flexibility to tailor the itinerary to your interests. Explore Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque on foot, and hear about Istanbul’s dramatic religious and political history. Step back in time at an Ottoman Palace and Roman ruins, then visit monuments to ancient wars and a 19th-century German Kaiser. Get an insider’s look at the vibrant stalls of the Grand Bazaar, and take time to browse carpets, coffee and handicrafts before returning to your hotel.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$132.00
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$132.00
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Private Istanbul Layover Tour

Private Istanbul Layover Tour

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Most travelers spend their layovers waiting in the airport. Make the most of your time in Istanbul during this fast-paced sightseeing tour, which transfers you back to Ataturk Airport in time to catch your next flight. Settle back into a comfortable, air-conditioned van and listen to background on Istanbul’s rich history from your own private guide, while discovering the highlights of the former Ottoman capital.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$300.00
per group
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$300.00
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Istanbul layover tour.

Istanbul layover tour.

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If you are in Istanbul for a shortlayover why not treat to yourself %100 personalized tour.I personally come to airport to meet you and our tour start just from the airport.You will be transfered to city center with a luxuries car.I'll show you the highlights of the city such as Hagia Sophia ,Blue Mosque.Grand Bazaar,Basilica Cistern etc.Or we can make tailor made tour depending on your interests.You will be transfered to airport on time to catch your next flight
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$320.00
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$320.00
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1-Day Private Istanbul Layover Tour

1-Day Private Istanbul Layover Tour

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Make the most of your layover in Istanbul with this private city tour. With private airport pickup and drop-off, you'll waste no time in seeing the city and returning to the airport in time to catch your departing flight. No need to wait for slow-moving groups; you'll embark on a whirlwind tour of the city stopping at the sights that interest you while you listen to commentary tailored to your interests.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.67
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$170.67
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Secret Treasures of Istanbul

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Secret Treasures of Istanbul

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Visit > Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace with Harem Section, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar SKIP-THE-LINE Tickets, Guiding in your own language, Pick up service provided Explore Historical Peninsula in a unique, personal way. Be enchanted by the mosaics of Hagia Sophia. See the priceless treasures of Topkapi palace including the HAREM Section. Visit the biggest underground cistern of Constantinople. Experience shopping in the grand bazaar, which has been the center of shopping for centuries. Walk along the historical hippodrome and see the German Fountain and obelisk. See the colorful mosaics of the Sultanahmet mosque. Learn history about Byzantines, Ottomans, and Modern Turks from your expert local guide. Do not wait in the long queues with Skip-The-Line tickets provided for you
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$96.00
$120.00
$24.00 savings
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$120.00
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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. See all 125 Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) costs USD 6.07. Guided Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) tours start around USD 6.07 per person. See all 125 Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) tickets and tours on Viator.
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