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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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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. 
  • 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
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • 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
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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. Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and replaced with Underground Cistern.
  • 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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Reshma-India wrote a review Jan 2020
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India22 contributions7 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
Chooee H wrote a review Dec 2019
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions3 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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Ima wrote a review Dec 2019
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Excellent tour to see all the key sites and stopover for lunch. Just note the grand bazaar is not open on a Sunday but this is substituted with another site visit. Overall recommend Semih as a guide and the tour company. Had a great introduction to Istanbul thanks to them :)
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Date of experience: December 2019
darlenesemon wrote a review Sep 2019
Phoenix, Arizona1 contribution
We were in a small of 6 total and great group and guide Semih was excellent and very knowledgable about his country. Would recommend this again.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Oscar C wrote a review May 2019
Atlanta, Georgia7 contributions5 helpful votes
First off, Semih was 15 minutes earlier than we expected. Even though it rained for the beginning of our tour, Semih made sure we saw as much of Istanbul as we could. He was very knowledgeable and made it his business to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. He also provided us with
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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
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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Brilliant Service
From the airport pickup to suggesting activities and assisting with travel arrangements, this company and their sta
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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
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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Key Details
  • Blue Mosque, Kapali Carsi, and 4 more
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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