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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

  • Tour the sites of Old Town, hearing commentary from your guide
  • Enjoy hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your hotel
  • A small group size means you can ask lots of questions
Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul
From US$59.00
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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul
From US$59.00
Many of Istanbul’s highlights are in the old city, and this tour allows you to visit all of them while leaving the navigation to an expert. Explore Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar, hearing commentary from your guide about the history and importance of each site. A small group size means plenty of personal attention, and hotel pickup and drop-off adds extra convenience. 
What to Expect
Meet your guide in the morning for this full-day small-group tour of Istanbul. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the old city peninsula. Visit Topkapi Palace and explore the museum, including the large collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain.
Move on to the Hippodrome, where sporting and political events took place during the Byzantine Empire. Here, you’ll see the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the German Fountain. Continue on to the Hagia Sophia, formerly a Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque, now a secular museum. Cross the square and visit the Blue Mosque.
Finally, spend some time at the Grand Bazaar, which offers 4,000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, and leather goods. At the end of your tour, relax on the ride back to your hotel.
Reviews (29)
1 - 5 of 8 reviews
Reviewed July 24, 2018
Felt Like Cheated: Very Uncomfortable Visit

The guide was knowledgeable and we visited nice places in Istanbul. The guide also recommended a nice restaurant and food which I appreciated. However, I am disappointed by two aspects of the visit: 1. In Aghia Sophia and the Topkapi palace, the guide gave a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
7  Thank R0M41N_L
Reviewed June 15, 2018
Great Walking Tour

Ozzy was a great tour guide. Look forward to exploring more of Turkey with her in the future. I loved that carpet making and pottery making were also included on her tour!

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank RabiaJ9
Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile
Great tour

Fantastic tour with great information. The tour guide ozlam was very friendly and is experienced in the history of Ottoman Empire.

Thank muhammadmM9179NO
Brad F, Manager at Global Travel Services Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018

Awesome! Thx

Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile
Fantastic small group tour of Istanbul

We attended the 8-hour walking tour of old town Istanbul. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised at how much we got to see in one day. There is no way it would be possible to see so much if we tried to do this...More

4  Thank DHassellhoff
Brad F, Manager at Global Travel Services Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2018
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Glad you enjoyed yourselves!

Reviewed April 1, 2018

The tour was ok, a lot of info but actually - dates are not particularly interesting if you cant get the century correct! I would have given 4 stars but really didn't appreciate the passive aggressive carpet shop stop at the end of the tour...More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank sean1962
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December 13, 2018|
Response from RabiaJ9 | Reviewed this property |
The tour group usually does hotel pick ups but you would need to check to see if they will pick up from your particular hotel. Enjoy your trip!
July 1, 2018|
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Response from RabiaJ9 | Reviewed this property |
yes its an all day tour, at least 8 hours