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Discover The Old City of Istanbul In a Half-Day Tour

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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide at your Istanbul hotel or port, and make the trip to the Hippodrome Square in a comfortable, air conditioned coach. Learn about the ancient games and races that took place on this spot during the era of ancient Roman emperors, and hear about the political movements and revolts that have raged across the public square.

    Continue to the stunning Blue Mosque to see the intricate Iznik tiles that line its elegant domes, then explore Istanbul’s Christian heritage and history at the St. Sophia Museum in Hagia Sophia. Find out about the Byzantine-era basilica’s ground-breaking architecture, and follow its history through the twists and turns of Byzantine, Ottoman and modern-day politics.

    Get a taste of daily life in Istanbul at the sprawling Grand Bazaar, where you’ll find traders from around the region and vibrant displays of perfume, spices, carpets and precious stones. Learn about the traditional art of Turkish carpet weaving, then finish the day with return transfer to your Istanbul hotel or port.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Centrally located meeting points
    (Please contact your local supplier)
    Departure Time
    08:10 or 08:30 (depending on pick up point)
    Return Details
    Drop off to pick up point
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
    • Live commentary on board
    • Local guide
    • Hotel / Port pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Food and drinks
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
    • Dress code is smart casual
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 September 2019

    i have had a chance to spend a full day Istanbul experience and i can not explain how Cenk made it so wonderful. Not just only his super knowledge of the city and the history, but also his amazing company and the way he makes...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank RashidPour
    Reviewed 27 April 2019 via mobile

    Booked two half day tours of old Istanbul with Sevinç Kalic through our hotel concierge at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski. She was great. Very knowledgeable about Istanbul and Turkey...past, present and future. She was respectful of our age considering occasional rest and restroom breaks. Sevinç...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Deborah A
    Reviewed 12 April 2019

    We booked a FULL day, private tour of Old City Istanbul through the concierge at the Conrad Hilton Hotel. Our guide, Hakan Erkinay, showed up on time, and started sharing his wealth of knowledge as soon as we got into the Taxi. Hakan was extremely...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    1  Thank LEGoldstein
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