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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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  • Full-day private tour of Istanbul and its main attractions
  • Superb Blue Mosque
  • Historic Hagia Sophia and its Byzantine mosaics
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
From US$134.00
Overview
Experience the finest attractions in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district during this private, guided day tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Marvel at these famous monuments alongside your expert guide who will give you individual attention on this private voyage.
What to Expect
Start your private day tour with a pickup in an air-conditioned vehicle from your centrally located hotel in Istanbul (European side). Then, set off to discover the historic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and more! First, head over the Hippodrome to the Sultan Ahmet Mosque internationally known as the Blue Mosque and observe Ottoman architecture at its finest. Turn 360 degrees to see six imposing spires and 260 luminescent windows that scatter brilliant sunlight over the mosque’s 20,000 Iznik tiles.

Continue to Hagia Sophia and learn how this civil engineering wonder was once the largest church in the world, then a mosque, and now the Saint Sophia Museum. Enjoy perusing through this enormous dome structure admiring the beautiful Byzantine mosaics. 

Next, delve under the famous peninsula of Sarayburnu into the largest ancient cistern in Istanbul, Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı). Located a mere 500 feet (150m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia, Experience its sheer size. Learn how it was built under the rule of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century and is the largest cistern in a city of hundreds.

Rise above ground and take a short walk to Topkapi Palace, the oldest and largest palace on the planet. Hear about the treasure held within its walls as you stroll through its ornate rooms. Then, cruise around its buildings to a spectacular vantage point of the Golden Horn and learn why it's considered the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. (On Tuesdays the palace is closed, so instead visit the Istanbul Archaeology Museum)

Onward to the center of Constantinople’s sporting and political heart at the Hippodrome. Go back in time 500 years when the Ottoman empire was in power and imagine a place ruled by games and riots. Nowadays, this civic park carries on the Ottoman tradition in its name only known as the Horse Grounds (At Meydanı). Move on and admire the Hippodrome’s ancient Egyptian granite Obelisk and hear how it was transported in 390 AD to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius.

Finally, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the famous Grand Bazaar. Discover the world’s largest canopied market as you stroll along peering into shops full of leather, pottery, jewelry, spices and carpets. With more than 4,000 shops on 58 streets, you’ll be astounded that this market has been operating since the 14th century. (Closed on Sundays; so extra time will be spread over the other locations for a more intimate experience.)
Reviews (200)
1 - 5 of 7 reviews
Reviewed 30 October 2018
Tour Istanbul with Hakan Adagume

I recently traveled through Turkey with a friend and had only one full day to explore Istanbul. We arranged a private tour through Neon Tours and truly enjoyed our experience. Hakan Adagume spent the entire day with us leading us around all the highlights of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Emily M
NeonToursIstanbul, Guest Relations Manager at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Emily, Thank you for your kind and valued comments about our services and guide. Hakan is one of our in house and knowledgeable guides. We are delighted to hear that you had great time and made you happy here with our services and guide....More

Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile
Amazing Day!

This tour is magnificent. You get to see all you really want to see inIstanbul. The pace is great, the lunch also. You learn a lot also. Our guide was great and very kind. We had a great time with her. Its definitely worth it.

Thank Hcruz
NeonToursIstanbul, Konuk İlişkileri Müdürü at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Our Valued Guest, It's very kind of you to spare your time for this kind reviw. We're glad to hear that you liked our guide and enjoyed our services. We can't wait to see you again soon and be at your service.

Reviewed 1 July 2018
Average all around

Tour Guides can make or break your tour. Our guide was okay; not great; not bad; seemed a tad bit arrogant to me which turned me off at times. Lunch is included in the tour. Not sure if they leave the location of the lunch...More

Date of experience: June 2018
5  Thank chuck W
NeonToursIstanbul, Genel Müdür at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Dear Chuck, Thank you for your valued comments regarding our service. We will be paying much more attention to avoid the issues that you pointed on your comments. By the way handicraft center visit is not a compulsory issue, always you can ask the guide...More

Reviewed 30 June 2018
Nice Introduction to Istanbul

It was a very nice personal & relaxing tour of Istanbul. Turek was very attentive & flexible to our needs. He is very knowledgeable.More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank jeannaoh
NeonToursIstanbul, Genel Müdür at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Dear Jeannaoh, Thank you for your kind and valued comments about our services and guide. We are delighted to hear that you had great time and made you happy here with our services and guide. Great to hear that you enjoyed the tour and liked...More

Reviewed 14 May 2018
THREE IN ONE

A day tour to see Haga Sofia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Museum are little tiring but very informative. All the three places are of great historic value and if you have guides then you enjoy more. Take a heavy breakfast and good shoes and get...More

Date of experience: May 2018
7  Thank Sami473
NeonToursIstanbul, Genel Müdür at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Dear Sami, Thank you for your kind and valued comments about our services and guide. We are delighted to hear that you had great time and made you happy here with our services and guide. Delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour and liked...More

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Response from jeannaoh | Reviewed this property |
We didn't get to go there because of time constrain. But, Tarik is very flexible, you can discuss what you would like to see & he can custom the itinerary to your needs.
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