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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 20-06-17 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-06-17 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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. 
Itinerary
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  • 1
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • 2
    Kapali Carsi
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 3
    Hagia Sophia
    Stop: 90 minutes
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  • 4
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • 5
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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Highlights
  • 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
  • Explore the varied collection at Topkapi Palace’s museum
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 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.
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Important Information
Duration
8h
Inclusions
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
Exclusions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Airport pick up and drop off (additional fee)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please Note:Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Underground Cistern. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will also be replaced with Underground Cistern.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Travelislife wrote a review Oct. 2020
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This is my first ever review but I thought it was a must, as this was one of the most informative guides I have ever had in my over 10 years as a nomad! Semih was incredibly knowledgeable, informative, and yet flexible (being aware of information overload ;) His deep
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CJ_1851 wrote a review Aug. 2020
Massachusetts20 contributions2 helpful votes
Great time to go on a tour! No large crowds. Our guide, Semih, was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable about the sites on the tour and took us to a great place to eat lunch. My wife and I both highly recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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beachgoddesssomerset wrote a review Jul. 2020
Taunton, United Kingdom202 contributions58 helpful votes
Ozleme was a brilliant guide. She was so friendly and very knowledgeable. Ended up just being myself on the tour! Saw so much inbetween some coffee stops! Lovely lunch. All in all really professional guide and company. Would highly recommend.
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Reshma-India wrote a review Jan. 2020
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India22 contributions9 helpful votes
Ms Lale reaches late and blames it on traffic. She is pushy to make her commission and wants to take us to a pudding place while we wanted local food...all others in the group included. Without asking if we want to buy carpets, she tricks us into seeing a 200 year house and
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Chooee H wrote a review Dec. 2019
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions17 helpful votes
Great insight tour to Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Expect a lot of walking and walking is the best and only way to explore all these sights. Our guide Ms Lale was our guide for the day and she was straight up no BS kind of tour guide which I like. She
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By: Global Travel Services Day Tours
Zain A
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Amazing tour
Had a really good time, we were well informed and the tour guide was excellent. Very freindly and answered all the
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Zain7868
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Brilliant tour guide!!
Would just like to say how impressed i was with Semih and his professionalism and friendliness throughout the day!
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87Connor
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Brilliant
This was an excellent tour that covered a lot of ground with sufficient depth. The tour guide was exceptional in he
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jesskb82
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Faced paced fun!
This was a fantastic tour, I’d recommend it to all. Especially if coming to Istanbul for the first time. The lady W
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cristim514
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Great tour
I had a very good time with Ozlem, who took me to the main sites of Istanbul. It was very convenient to not wait in
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James h
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Informative tour of Instanbul
We had a great guide who was very knowledgeable of the historic sites of Istanbul. Happy to answer any questions yo
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bsh132
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Outstanding..
Tour was outstanding... our guide Ms. Kilic was the best! Showed us all the best places and I was overly impressed
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Matthew F
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Excellent and reliable!
We used Global Travel Services to book a 2 day tour to Cappadocia from Istanbul. I honestly could not recommend thi
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ib2qtpie
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Knowledgeable and Friendly!
There is much to see in Istanbul and these people have you covered! Friendly and knowledgeable, Global Travel made
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Michael F
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Beyond helpful with great tours and guides
The staff at global travel were amazing. From organising pickups from the hotel and tours to Troy, Cannakale, Galli
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Tess H
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Brilliant Service
From the airport pickup to suggesting activities and assisting with travel arrangements, this company and their sta
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transfers
Our driver Turgut Bolat was an amazing driver. He not only drove us to our destinations, but also gave us a complet
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Christine E
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Trasnsport top marks
We have been in Turkey for 10 days and Global Travel have been collecting us, taking us to see various attractions,
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