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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 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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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
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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.
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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Classic Istanbul Tour
Zoi
, Sep 2021
It was a very beautiful and educational tour, Canan, our tour guide, was awesome!. She has so much knowledge and passion for the history and beauty of Istanbul which made the tour a great experience.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Dear Zoi, 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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Informative and fun
Simona_D
, Aug 2021
The tour was a great introduction to the historical and even current context of Istanbul/Turkey history. Our guide Selcuk Ersan war very open, well informed and friendly. The way he made the explanations is almost a guarantee that you will remember the historical facts. Also the food for lunch was great. However, if the food that is included is not to your taste, one can choose another one and pay the difference. It is highly recommended to take advice from Selcuk. Hi favorite dish is A-MA-ZING. Thanks a lot for the great experience!
icon Response from Host , Aug 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
Selcuk was an excellent tour guide for us -- English and Spanish in our grp. He was very informative,open,enthusiastic
Greg_H
, Aug 2021
All of it. We appreciated every turn. Selcuk talked through the ancient history, right up to current times/events. My guess is all the guides with Karavan tours are well qualified.
icon Response from Host , Aug 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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History Teacher Learning
Kristel_S
, Aug 2021
Bring your walking shoes and explore, learn, dine and experience the great history of Turkey. Our tour guide Taner was informative, funny and helpful.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Dear Kristel, 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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You must go for it.
Anderson_S
, Aug 2021
Amazing experience! Or touristic guide was really friendly and he knew the details of the details about the histories of the places. Be prepared to walk a lot, but it definitely worth it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 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
Amazing tour!
Liz_P
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour! We enjoyed all of it as our guide was very personable, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and clearly made an extra effort to engage us in the culture and traditions of Istanbul. Highly recommend him!
icon Response from Host , Jul 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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Great tour of old Istanbul
Margo_N
, Jul 2021
Great tour of some of Istanbul’s gems. We loved our guide, Janan. She was fun, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Jul 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
Excellent
Aleksandra_P
, Jul 2021
Came on time, friendly, accommodating to our needs. Well organized, delicious lunch provided, fast access
icon Response from Host , Jul 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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Unforgettable Istanbul.
john_a
, Jul 2021
It was all about Canan, pronounced Janan. Lovely and informative guide. It was a perfect day in Istanbul, sunshine and blue skies. Too bad about the renovations happening in the Blue Mosque, but still very impressed. We would definitely do it all again. Great advice in the Grand Bazaar for shopping and browsing. Spectacular!!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear John, 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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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.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Dear Roberto, 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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