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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul provided by Global Travel Services Day Tours

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travellers
About
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. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7603P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
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)
Duration
8h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Depends on hotel's location, sometimes we can't use vehicle since vehicles are not allowed in some parts of old city.
Ports:
Galataport
Sarayburnu
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
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)
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Depends on hotel's location, sometimes we can't use vehicle since vehicles are not allowed in some parts of old city.
Ports:
Galataport
Sarayburnu
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • 2
    Kapali Carsi
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 3
    Hagia Sophia Mosque
    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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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Roger G
San Jose, CA25 contributions
Fantastic small group tour of the Old Town in Istanbul
Sep 2021
Our tour guide Recep did a great job of summarizing the extensive history of Istanbul and answering all our questions about Turkey's past and present. He gave us enough time to take pictures and look around on our own at each of the stops on the tour. Recep's deep knowledge of the area's history is greatly due to his advanced degree in the subject. And he had no trouble conveying that information because his English speaking skills are impeccable. Finally, my wife and I firmly believe that taking a limited size tour like this is the only way to go. Getting personalized attention makes a huge difference in the enjoyment of the experience.
Written 12 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
GlobalTravelServices
Dear Roger, Thank you for your review. It is always good to receive reviews with many details. It is really appreciated. Always feel free to contact us if you need any assistance for a future Turkey holiday. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written 15 September 2021
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Edwin L
Nashville, TN3 contributions
Istanbul Day Tour
Aug 2021
I booked this tour during a short stay in Istanbul and really enjoyed learning more about the history and culture of Turkey. My tour guide Semih was professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting that great city!
Written 26 August 2021
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear Edwin, Thank you for writing this nice review. All your thoughts are very important for us.Hope to see you again in our country. Please always feel free to contact us if you need any help about Istanbul or more. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written 27 August 2021
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Paolooo1985
La Paz, Bolivia4 contributions
Take it
Great being small group makes the difference. Departure was early and congestion was prevented. Great Tour, Guide and Vehicle great.
Written 1 August 2021
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear Paolo, Thank you for all your attention to details. All words are appreciated. Have safe flights during your career. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written 1 August 2021
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Chris H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates177 contributions
Perfect Istanbul tour.
The tour started on time and the guide very personable. Semiah* took very good care to make sure we had all the information we needed. As only one other person was on the tour it was great individual time spent. Had a great lunch as well.
Written 2 July 2021
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GlobalTravelServices
Dear Chris, It is nice to know that you enjoyed the tour and also lunch. Thanks for the review. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
Written 2 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelislife
1 contribution
Amazing Knowledgeable Guide!!
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 understanding of the history, archeology, and historical cultural mosaic of Istanbul and Turkish heritage are truly incredible and make the tour extra insightful!
Written 18 October 2020
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CJ_1851
Massachusetts26 contributions
Excellent Tour
Aug 2020
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.
Written 20 August 2020
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beachgoddesssomerset
Taunton, UK203 contributions
Brilliant tour
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.
Written 30 July 2020
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Reshma-India
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India22 contributions
Nothing wrong with the locales with everything wrong with Tour guide Ms Lale
Dec 2019 • Couples
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 inside is just selling pitch.

Highly unprofessional lady with a stinging and abusive tongue.
Written 2 January 2020
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Chooee H
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
Great insight tour to Istanbul’s key historic sights
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 has one objective which was to cover as much as possible from 9am to 5:30pm. There was a difficult tour member who kept trying to spin off our itinerary with her own agenda and she was professional enough to handle her. I am sure that the difficult customer would write a bad review but I just want to write a fair review here for Ms Lale and the tour. She totally made all the right decisions to keep us moving so we could see all the sights in our itinerary. So thank you and highly recommend for those who want to see Istanbul with great insight and skip some long queues.

What would I wish the tour could skip is the carpet shop as it takes up a little too much time for those who have no interest in buying or in carpets
Written 27 December 2019
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Ima
1 contribution
Great tour of key sites
Dec 2019 • Solo
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 :)
Written 9 December 2019
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Istanbul Old Town Tour
Excellent tour with highly knowledgeable guide. Great way to see Old Town without missing any of the hidden spots y
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Istanbul Old Town Tour
Excellent, knowledgeable guide. Itinerary was well paced. "Extra" stops were a huge bonus. Lunch was terrific...may
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Istanbul old city tour
Our tour with Recep was absolutely wonderful! The tour guide’s background knowledge really helped us understand all
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Tour of Istanbul old city
We visited the Blue Mosque. Hagia Sophia, Old Royal Palace, Turkish carpet making demonstration and Bazaar. Our tou
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
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!
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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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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Outstanding..
Tour was outstanding... our guide Ms. Kilic was the best! Showed us all the best places and I was overly impressed
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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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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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
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