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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
iconOffered in: English and 6 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Experience Istanbul’s timeless sights on a full-day tour of the city’s stunning historic places. Listen for the ancient echoes of pounding hooves and charioteers at Hippodrome Square and spot the distinctive tiles of the Blue Mosque. See the Byzantine mosaics and minarets of Hagia Sophia, then follow in the footsteps of powerful sultans, courtiers, and generals at Topkapi Palace. Finish your tour in the vibrant Grand Bazaar, browsing bright displays of handicrafts, carpets, and souvenirs.
  • Full-day tour of Istanbul's essential sites
  • Choose a small-group tour for a more personal experience
  • Relax over lunch at a traditional restaurant
  • Learn about Turkish history and culture
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees included
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off ( only from the hotels, not other address)
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
Visit to the Harem in Topkapi Palace is not included (own expense)
Drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from Central located hotels in Istanbul. Please contact with us if your hotel is out of city limits.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays instead you will take a Bosphorus Cruise. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar
  • Passport name, number and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.
  • Blue Mosque is closed Friday mornings and our guide will show & introduce from outside
  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays instead you will visit to the Underground Cistern.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We as KARAVAN TRAVEL, want to ensure the minds of travelers that, all the necessary safety measures and precautions will be maintained at all times; hand sanitizer will be available, masks will be given out, seats will be blocked out on coaches, reduced groups sizes and social distancing measures will be taking against COVID-19 infections. We will follow up the new regulations/restrictions permanently and update our procedures accordingly.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Karavan Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.

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  • "I would recommend people arrange their own tours as all the areas are within 10 mins walk of each other." See review
  • "I would recommend this if you are for short duration and your hotel is not walking distance or you cannot take tram." See review

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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Visit to Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
Roberto
, Jun 2021
Wonderful tour. Even though the Blue Mosque was under renovation, we had a bless time going around Sultanameth and visiting beautiful places as the Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome and the Topkapi Palace. The guide, Selcuk, who spoke English and Spanish was wonderful, very knowledgeable, and provided a lot of information of these historical places. We were delighted.
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Amazing Tour!!!
Ana_J
, Jun 2021
Our guide was amazing, friendly and very knowledgable! We had a great time walking around and hearing about the history of Constantinople. Highly recommend!
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A delightful experience of turkey
Katie_L
, May 2021
My father and I booked this tour and we had an absolute great time. Mesmer was so knowledgeable and had the best personality. He is definitely at the top of tour guides I have ever had. This was my fathers first time overseas and his first tour. He even said that this was a highlight of our trip. Definitely book this tour!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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The Best of Istanbul
garnerbl2
, Apr 2021
We had an amazing time! Our guide, Selcuk Ersan, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We went to all the sites listed in the tour and had plenty of time to ourselves for pictures and exploring the locations. We loved lunch especially. We had an amazing meal at a really nice resturaunt with appetizers, kebaps, and dessert. We even were able to buy a bottle of wine to enjoy with it. I highly recommend him if you need a guide for the essentials of Istanbul!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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Perfect Istanbul day trip
Jahirul_C
, Dec 2020
We were picked up from the hotel, taken to the sites, shown around the beatufiul city. The guide was very knowladgeable and a perfect host, made us fall in love with the city even more then what we expected.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Dear Sir, We are pleased to hear that our tour met your expectations and wish you a great year ahead. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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Hagia Sophia Mosque
Mariam_R
, Oct 2020
Very excellent tour!! Our tour guide Seljuk was very informative. Def recommend. Oh and after the tour you get three course meals at a nice restaurant.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
Dear Madam, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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Amazing tour guide💓
Rabia_M
, Oct 2020
Our tour guide Mr Atila was very friendly, had good command on english and the history. I highly recommend to hire him as your tour guide. he was very patience throughout our picture sessions and all 😍 The only regret was if we knew that the blue mosque is under construction 😔, that was the only thing i was most exited about.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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star-5
The Best Tour with Canan Tunckanat
Shamira_a
, Oct 2020
Our tour guide Canan Tunckant was SUPER AMAZING. She took her time explaining all the history behind each place we visited. She also took us shopping for best deals in Grand Bazaar. This was one of the best tours ive ever taken with viator & HIGHLY recommend Canan. She is with Karavan Travel. Superb tour!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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Definitely take this tour!
Nadine_D
, Oct 2020
This tour was hands down the best tour I’ve ever been on, and I’ve been on a lot of tours all over the world! Selcuk did an amazing job, gave us all the information and engaged us in a way that made sure that we remembered it! The lunch that was included was great and very filling. Selcuk gave us amazing advice on places to go, restaurant recommendations, and “Istanbul musts” outside the scope of the tour. Well worth the price of the tour and more!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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Never can forget experience
Suneshkumar_B
, Sep 2020
What a tour by Karavan Travel, thoroughly enjoyed it and the guide "Canan T" we had is simply superb. The knowledge she had and the way she explained is something very very good. I strongly recommend to any one who is looking for. I cannot forget the things she explained in Hagia Sophia the level of technical details and very minute things is commendable. Everything is included in the price covering food, pick up and drop off, simply perfect!!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
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