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Istanbul Sightseeing Tour Including Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque and Sultanahmet

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    What to Expect
    Get the most out of Istanbul on a 4.5-hour sightseeing tour of the city’s top spots and hidden gems with a local guide. Learn the best places to stop for snacks, savor coffee, and sip tea as you meander between sights.

    Your walking tour begins with an exploration of the city’s ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races reigned supreme for centuries. From here, you'll pay a visit to Divan Yolu. Emperor Constantine mapped out this main thoroughfare of Istanbul’s Old City (now home to tea gardens and eateries as well as Ottoman mosques and intriguing shops) in the early 3rd century.

    Next up is Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, internationally known as the first-ever shopping mall and home to an incredible array of approximately 4,000 shops. Wander through its backstreets, making a special stop at the book bazaar where Turkey’s first printed book was sold in 1729.

    Continue on to the magnificent Süleymaniye Külliyesi, one of the city’s best-known sights. Marvel at the original Turkish baths — part of the larger mosque complex — and learn all about the traditional bathing ritual. Your guide will also provide local insight into Islam before whisking you off to try Turkish tea in a tea house, which offers amazing city views.

    Then, it’s off to the Rustem Pasha Mosque, an Istanbul highlight. Rustem Pasha is Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan’s first octagonal-plan mosque, and its interior is covered with some of the most exquisite iznik tiles ever produced.

    Your Istanbul tour wraps up in the colorful and vibrant Spice Bazaar. From here, your guide can direct you to a local lokanta (small restaurant) for lunch or provide additional tips on where to go in the city to make the most of your remaining stay. 

    Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

    IMPORTANT note: The Blue Mosque in Istanbul will be closed between 1st March - 15th May for renovation.  To compensate we will be visiting Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1572 (older than Blue Mosque) and location is here
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    Departure Point
    Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    Return Details
    Spice Bazaar or Egyptian Bazaar in Eminönü Square. Your local guide can provide instructions on how to get back to your hotel, or you are free to continue your own personal exploration..
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Tour of Sultanahmet, the Grand Bazaar and Book Bazaar
    • Tea at a local tea house
    • Visit to the Süleymaniye Mosque complex
    • Visit to Rustem Pasa Mosque
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Mosques have very strict dress codes. Women must wear long and loose clothing and ensure their arms, legs and head are fully covered when visiting. Men must cover above their knees and their shoulders. Otherwise you will be refused entry
    • IMPORTANT note: The Blue Mosque in Istanbul will be closed between 1st March - 15th May for renovation. To compensate we will be visiting Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1572 (older than Blue Mosque)
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed July 12, 2019

    This bazaar is a pricey place to rent for the shopkeepers and so these guys want to extract the maximum amount of money for goods. The products are mediocre and one should be selective in choosing your items. Sellers are very argumentative & love to...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Masarrat S
    Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

    This was the name of the tour we did with Sefa. He was a terrific guide. Knowledgeable and interested in all things from ancient history to contemporary happenings. We really enjoyed our time with him and would have liked to take the longer Istanbul Conquored...More

    1  Thank Cynloko
    Reviewed August 21, 2018

    I went for the "Istanbul Sightseeing Tour Including Grand Bazaar, Suleymaniye Mosque and Sultanahmet". I got Tolga Kinas as my guide, and I would say the guide made the tour amazing. Knowledgeable, fluent in English, friendly and respectful. As for the tour itself, great way...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank CheahZhongXiang
    Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

    The guide was very knowledgeable. But towards the end she informed us that Jews are infiltrating some mosques and intentionally misleading the Turkish worshipers to acts that are not Islamic (because they can't read Arabic, the language of the Quran, they are taken advantage of)....More

    2  Thank Y5618CLdavidt
    Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

    This was a great way to start a trip to Istanbul. Tolga was a fun and knowledgeable guide. To note licenced tour guides in Turkey are have a lot of training. They need to be proficient in language and the history to licenced. These guys...More

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