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

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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

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 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Karavan Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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star-5
Excellent way of seeing all the major historical sites In Istanbul
Sakina_H
, Jan 2022
The sites and our guide explaining all the interesting facts about them. Would highly recommend . Some sites under renovation so couldn’t see everything
star-4
The perfect day in Istanbul!
Michael_A
, Dec 2021
We learned a tremendous amount of information about several of the mosques and Turkish history. We highly recommend Nestlie as a private tour guide.
star-5
All the Must Sees in one day!
Kimberly_T
, Dec 2021
Our tour was on a chilly, windy day in late November 2021. Not ideal conditions for a walking tour but we still had a great time seeing all of these major sites on our first visit to Istanbul. We met in the Hippodrome and learned about the architectural structures there, then headed to Blue Mosque. It was under renovation due to a recent earthquake so there was really not that much to see but the beautiful ceiling. The rest was covered in scaffolding. Next up was Hagia Sofia... amazing, followed by lunch (nice restaurant, good food) and then Topkapi Palace. Our guide was Canan and she was very friendly and knowledgeable. She would give us an introduction and some background info and then we were free to explore on our own and take photos. It was a fantastic intro to Istanbul!
star-5
Fantastic tour
uahmed180
, Dec 2021
Our tour with Atilla was just amazing. He had 35 years of experience giving tours. Highly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in learning the history behind these wonderful places. Asides from the guided tour, Atilla gave us time to explore most of the location ourselves which was a nice touch. Also, the restaurant offered us a delicious lunch. Overall, we were very satisfied with the tour and would recommend everyone to do this, as it gives you impeccable insight into the history that you otherwise would miss if you wanted to do it yourself.
star-4
Very well explained and...
Taher_G
, Dec 2021
Very well explained and informative..lunch was good .. organised and proper time management and friendly.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Taher, 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.
star-5
Awesome Istanbul day tour !
Aloke_B
, Dec 2021
Our day trip of Istanbul was indeed marvelous. The combination and inclusion of monuments of architectural significance, palace (entry ticket was pre arranged) and Grand Bazar was optimal, all well picked up sites, very interesting and worth visiting. The level was exactly as it had been described in the website. The guide we had in Canan was fantastic: very competent and eager to talk about present and past history of Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Grand Bazar. Lunch was included in the tour. Canan helped us to identify the genuine shops in Grand Bazar, where we purchased carpet, porcelain, spices and leather jacket. Quality of the vehicle and timings: The tour van was clean, sanitized. Also it arrived at our hotel on time to pick us up. Prior intimation was given with WA Number. Absolutely no reasons to complain on any count ! The trip has been very impressive and satisfactory and I look forward to availing your services for future trips.
icon Response from Host , Dec 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.
star-5
The best!
RolandMio_F
, Nov 2021
Such a wonderful day spent with Sulchek. My friend and I were the only ones on the tour so it became a private tour! Learned so much about the history of what is now Istanbul! Definitely a must when visiting the city.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Dear Roland, 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.
star-5
Amazing tour guide!
ThiThuAn_T
, Nov 2021
Nice tour with the best guide we've ever had. Canan is amazing. Lovely, flexible, understanding and super knowledgable. She's able to answer any and every question, from history to architecture and culture. Would defo recommend this!
icon Response from Host , Dec 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.
star-5
An unforgettable day in Istanbul
HOLLIS_H
, Nov 2021
Very informative. Hit all the top spots and had an excellent lunch. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and had a great way of connecting with all members of the group.
icon Response from Host , Nov 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.
star-3
Disappointed
Frank_B
, Nov 2021
Having been to Istanbul before and wanting to share my experience with my wife l booked a full day tour with lunch. Our hotel is about a 5 minute walk to the blue mosque so when we were messaged to be the operator to be ready to be collected we assumed that we would be taken there straight away. We got in the minibus and had to endure 45 mins to go out of the area to pick up two other guests . ( 10 persons in total for tour ) . Made no sense . We rushed breakfast to be ready ? Not a good start.. We selected English for the tour but 3 of our group were Spanish which makes everything from the guide tiresome . Blue mosque currently under Refurb so very little to see which is a shame. The tour is a walking tour but some of the group were on sticks so unable to keep up with others on tour. I could go on and on but if l were to come again l would book either a private tour or just do the sights myself . If you are fit and healthy and don’t mind walking it’s a thoroughly nice experience to explore yourself.. Nearly £100 for two is not value for money as the entrances are free except 30ltr for the Bosporous boat trip.and Lunch .
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. We are sorry for having a negative review from the our guests directly, unfortunately in daily operations such kind of issues might be occur out of our wish/control. We will take care of your comments for our future bookings to improve our service quality. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.

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