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Small Group Tour of Istanbul Highlights Morning

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Fatih, Turkey

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 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
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Get the perfect introduction to Istanbul’s history, art and culture with a 4-hour tour through the heart of the Old City. Take in slender minarets, tiled mosaics and frescoes at Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, then see the historic landmarks of Hippodrome Square, where ancient charioteers and athletes competed for Byzantine emperors. Learn to navigate the sprawling aisles of the Grand Bazaar, with inside tips on shopping for Turkish carpets and handicrafts.
  • Half-day tour of Istanbul's Old City
  • Get an overview and orientation of the most important sites
  • Visit religious landmarks, historic places and a famous market
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All entrance fees included
  • Hotel pickup included
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Departure Point

Sarayburnu çay bahçesi, Hoca Paşa, Kennedy Cd. No:8, 34112 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

1:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at your centrally-located Istanbul hotel, and enjoy views of the Old City’s winding streets and historic buildings as you travel to Hagia Sophia. Trace the building’s extraordinary path from 6th-century, Orthodox cathedral to mosque and museum, and discover gleaming mosaics, soaring domes, tombs and baptismal fonts.

Duck into the gracious courtyard of the Blue Mosque, where Istanbul’s devout gather for six daily prayers beneath a tiled dome and elegant minarets. Learn about the Sultan who built the Blue Mosque during his short, tumultuous 14-year reign. Travel even farther into Istanbul’s past at Hippodrome Square: discover a series of landmarks left by successive emperors, rulers and military leaders on the spot where Byzantines gathered for ancient sporting events.

Finish your day at the Grand Bazaar, and enjoy the flexibility to browse the sprawling shopping complex at your own pace. Get advice on where to find Istanbul’s best selection of handicrafts, souvenirs and antiques, or meet with a local carpet salesman to learn how to choose a high quality product.

Please note: Hagia Sophia (Closed on Mondays; will be replaced with Underground Cistern), Grand Bazaar (Closed on Sundays; additional time will be spent at the other locations).
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kapali Carsi
Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. (Art demonstration of handmade Turkish carpets upon request)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hippodrome
Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sultanahmet District
"Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays - on this day of the week it will be replaced with a visit to an authentic shop
  • On Friday mornings before 1:00pm, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are only visited from the outside because of the noon prayer
  • Please note that there may be long waiting times for entry to the Blue Mosque
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Plan Tours

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

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 Small Group Tour of Istanbul Highlights Morning ?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour of Istanbul Highlights Morning .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Tour of Istanbul Highlights Morning ?
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 Small Group Tour of Istanbul Highlights Morning .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Tour of Istanbul Highlights Morning ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour of Istanbul Highlights Morning .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Tour of Istanbul Highlights Morning ?
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 Small Group Tour of Istanbul Highlights Morning .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small Group Tour of Istanbul Highlights Morning ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour of Istanbul Highlights Morning .

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Se ofrece algo que despues no se cumple. Se ofrecio guia en español, y el guia guia atendia a grupo en ingles y español
Renezito
, Apr 2019
Se ofrecio guia en español y no fu exclusivo, se debio compartir con grupo en ingles. El tout ofrecido indicaba "gran bazaar". No se le vio ni la nariz. El guia dijo que el tour solo contemplaba decir : "ahi esta el gran bazar y tiene xx puertas" Al guia le interesaba llevarnos a un lujosisimo local de venta de alfombras.... Dentro de HagiaSofia faltó mostrar otras marcas cristianas....mostró muy pocas.
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