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Hagia Irene (Aya Irini) Tours and Tickets

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The 6th-century Hagia Irene (Aya Irini) was the first church built in Constantinople—and the only one that was not turned into a mosque upon the arrival of the Ottomans. As a result, the original Byzantine architecture still awes. Under its dome and peaked ceilings, the building currently serves as a museum.

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Sultanahmet Meydani Topkapi Sarayi 1. Avlusu, Sultanahmet, Fatih, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey, 34122
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour

Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour

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Prepare to be awed by Istanbul’s magnificent architecture, rich history, and eclectic bazaars as you discover the unmissable highlights of the Old City on this 1-, 2-, or 3-day private tour. Marvel over the glorious Hagia Sophia, learn how the Blue Mosque earned its famous nickname, and see the ancient Basilica Cistern. Tour Topkapi Palace to gain an insight into the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman sultans and their harem, and browse the legendary Grand Bazaar, where you find everything from carpets to Turkish delight.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
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Istanbul Classics and Highlights! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi and more!

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Istanbul Classics and Highlights! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi and more!

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This tour is a must in Istanbul with a small group! You will begin the day with the Roman / Byzantine Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organised and take place. Blue Mosque the only mosque with six minarets. Next, you will see the German Fountain - a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm. Hagia Sophia - The Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you to Nakkas Cistern and give you a presentation of old Istanbul and demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts and Grand Bazaar for thousent of shops. Magnificent Topkapı Museum is the big one, the most important museum of Turkey and Balkan Peninsula. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court,Treasury, gardens, kiosks. Hagia Irene Church. Your lunch will be served en route in a local and authentic restaurant where you will be able to taste various types of local tastes. To see these things with a great guide. Well, you will never be quite the same again.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.80
$62.00
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$62.00
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Istanbul Tourist Pass: 60+ Top Attractions/ Services

Istanbul Tourist Pass: 60+ Top Attractions/ Services

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Save time and money on Istanbul’s top attractions with an Istanbul Tourist Pass, with a choice of 3- or 7-day digital city pass. This comprehensive sightseeing pass grants you: skip-the-line admission to Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace museums; a hop-on hop-off city bus tour and Bosphorus Strait boat tour plus an evening performance of whirling dervishes, and Istanbul SEA LIFE Aquarium.
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  • 2 to 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.53
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Private Istanbul Layover Tour From Airport

Private Istanbul Layover Tour From Airport

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Most travelers spend their layovers waiting in the airport. Make the most of your time in Istanbul during this fast-paced sightseeing tour, which transfers you back to Ataturk Airport in time to catch your next flight. Settle back into a comfortable, air-conditioned van and listen to background on Istanbul’s rich history from your own private guide, while discovering the highlights of the former Ottoman capital.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$425.00
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Magical Sights of Istanbul Private Walking Tour

Magical Sights of Istanbul Private Walking Tour

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An excellent full-day private guided tour to get a comprehensive understanding of Istanbul's rich history. Explore the mixed heritage of the city with an expert tour guide. Visit the famous highlights such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. Skip the long queues with guide and make the most of your time in this magical city. Entrance fees are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.00
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$85.00
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Istanbul E-pass: Top Istanbul Attractions with Skip The Ticket Line

Istanbul E-pass: Top Istanbul Attractions with Skip The Ticket Line

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Istanbul E-pass is a fully digital sightseeing pass that covers over 40 top Istanbul Attractions. Choose your E-pass 2,3,5 or 7 days and enjoy the contactless entry with your mobile pass without paying at the gate of attractions. Istanbul E-pass offers attractions in 3 different ways; - Walk-in Attractions: Scan your QR code or E-pass ID and get in. - Guided Tours: Meet with guide at the meeting point to join the tour. - Reservation Required Tours: Make your reservation via the E-pass panel then get an email for pick-up time. Why Travelers Choose Istanbul E-pass? - Customer support line is available to assist via WhatsApp and chat lines during visits or planning visits. - Istanbul E-pass is available instantly to use after purchase with access to 40+ Top Istanbul attractions. - Listen to the history of museums with professional tour guides. - Istanbul E-pass comes with a digital Istanbul guidebook of over 50 pages in 6 languages. - Enjoy the skip-the-line at most of the attractions.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.53
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$100.53

Full Day Historical Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City from Hagia Sophia

Full Day Historical Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City from Hagia Sophia

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We will be meeting with our guests at the gate of the Hagia Sophia and will start our walking tour with visiting Hagia Sophia, officially the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque and formerly the Church of Hagia Sophia is a Late Antique place of worship in Istanbul. Afterward, we will visit Blue Mosque, A functioning mosque, it also attracts large numbers of tourist visitors. It was constructed between 1609 and 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed's tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets, and eight secondary domes. Then we walk to the Hippodrome square and see the city walls and the Leather atelier workshop. You will be seeing each part of the production. After the lunch break, we will visit Topkapi Palace, it served as the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.69
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$30.69

Istanbul Full Day Classic Old City Tour

Istanbul Full Day Classic Old City Tour

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Cover thousands of years of history in a single day during this attraction-packed, small-group tour of Istanbul. Travel comfortably in an air-conditioned Mercedes passenger van, with front-door pickup and drop-off included. Admission tickets are all included, so you can visit Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Irene with no hidden fees.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.00
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$72.00
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Istanbul Heritage Tour - Incl. Lunch

Istanbul Heritage Tour - Incl. Lunch

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Cover 3,500 years of history in just eight hours on your Istanbul group tour. You and your guide will explore the city’s most famous buildings, including the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace. No need to worry about lunch reservations, as your lunch has been arranged at a rooftop restaurant with a Bosphorus view. Skip the perils of public transit with comfortable transportation to and from your hotel.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.48
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Istanbul Classics with Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace & Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Classics with Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace & Grand Bazaar

If this is your first time in this great city this tour is a must for you. Istanbul is a city which has a lot of history including Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman traces.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.00
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$69.00

Istanbul Full Day Old City Tour

Istanbul Full Day Old City Tour

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Istanbul is known as the City on the Seven Hills. So, while Sultanahmet seems compact, arranging transportation makes sense. On this day tour, travel in a Mercedes Sprinter minivan direct from your door. See the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and the 6th-century Hagia Irene church. Entrance fees are included (Harem admission costs extra) but food and drink are at your expense.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.60
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$83.60
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Istanbul Old City Guided Walking Tour

Istanbul Old City Guided Walking Tour

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Once serving as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul today is the largest city in Turkey and one of the biggest in the world. The city stretches across a narrow strait that connects Asia and Europe, making it the only city in the world spanning two continents. Impressive architecture, historic sites, dining, shopping, nightlife, and exotic atmosphere all make Istanbul one of the best places to visit in Turkey. If you have any further questions please DM me on instagram ( turkeyprotraveller )
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.20
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$58.20

Istanbul: 5-Days Museum Pass and Guided Tours

Istanbul: 5-Days Museum Pass and Guided Tours

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lstanbul: 5-Days Museum Pass and Guided Tours is a fully digital sightseeing pass that covers top museums and attractions in Istanbul. It is valid for 5 days and provides contactless entry instantly with your mobile pass, without paying anyting extra at the gate of attractions. Istanbul Museum E-pass offers attractions in 2 different ways; - Walk-in Museums: Simply scan your QR code and get in. - Guided Tours: Meet with guide at the meeting point and join the tour. Why Travelers Choose Istanbul E-pass? - A customer support line is available to assist via WhatsApp and chat lines during visits or planning visits. - Istanbul Museum E-pass is available to use instantly after the purchase with access to 10 Top Istanbul Museum and 5 Guided Walking Tours. - Listen to the history of museums with professional tour guides. - Istanbul Museum E-pass comes with a digital Istanbul guidebook of over 50 pages in 6 different languages. - Enjoy the skip-the-line at the museums included.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$62.43
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Must - See Istanbul Stops 1+ 2: Full Day Tour
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Must - See Istanbul Stops 1+ 2: Full Day Tour

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Head back in time and discover the old world of the Sultanahmet area during this full-day small-group guided walking tour in Istanbul. This tour explores the amazing UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hagia Sophia Museum and the Blue Mosque which exemplify why Istanbul is the city where east meets west. Enjoy a walk through the famous Topkapi Palace where Sultan's roamed and harems flourished. Plus, spend time observing the Hagia Irene’s Byzantine architecture and stroll through the Grand Bazaar to witness handicrafts created by local artists.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes to 8 hours 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.82
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$105.82

Full Day Highlights of Istanbul Old City incl Lunch & Tickets

Full Day Highlights of Istanbul Old City incl Lunch & Tickets

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The ideal introduction for first-time visitors to Istanbul, this attraction-packed, full-day tour covers the most popular landmarks in the one-time Ottoman capital. See where hundreds of thousands of spectators once gathered in the Hippodrome, watch a handicrafts demonstration at the Grand Bazaar, and marvel at centuries-old attractions in the Hagia Sophia Museum and Topkapi Palace. Tours include a multi-course Turkish lunch.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.30
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8 Days Package: Breathtaking Turkey Tour

8 Days Package: Breathtaking Turkey Tour

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Tick off all the popular sights of Turkey such as Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale by joining 8 Days Turkey Tours Package. You will find the true definition of class in Turkey through the thrill of being a witness to the collection of classical living miracles.
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,587.26
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$1,587.26
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Full Coverage Istanbul Walking Tour

Full Coverage Istanbul Walking Tour

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Have you ever toured a city and wished you knew someone there? Someone with the inside scoop on the city; who would show you the things you would have never seen on your own? Tick through Istanbul’s highlights without hassles or getting lost, and with a local and professional guide to reveal their history on this tour. Admire and hear tales and hidden spots of the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar that you’d probably miss alone, and clearly hear your local guide’s commentary. Note: You'll adore our hidden break points! ◼ See Istanbul’s top sights on a full-day city tour. ◼ Cover the must-sees and discover detail not obvious if exploring alone. ◼ Visit the Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Topkapı Palaca and more, with your guide for perfect navigation. Comfortable shoes are recommended. It is a full day walking tour. If you have any further questions please DM me on instagram ( turkeyprotraveller )
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.36
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Small Group Tour: Best of Istanbul Tour with Lunch and Tickets (10 people Max)

Small Group Tour: Best of Istanbul Tour with Lunch and Tickets (10 people Max)

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Discover the highlights of Istanbul during this exclusive full-day, small-group tour, which includes lunch. Tours are capped at only 10 participants, guaranteeing you a personalized experience. Tick off Sultanahmet attractions like the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, shop for souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar, and learn about the lives of Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace, with admission tickets included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
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$100.00
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Guided Museum Pass Istanbul: Skip-the-line Tickets with Guided Tours

Guided Museum Pass Istanbul: Skip-the-line Tickets with Guided Tours

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Enjoy skip-the-line guided tours at five top Istanbul museums— Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Irene and the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum—valid over a five-day period. Choose from multiple tour timings, six days a week, making this a perfect fit for busy vacation schedules. You’ll shave off hours of precious vacation time with no-wait admission.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$84.65
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Istanbul 1 Day Tour | Best of Istanbul | Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi

Istanbul 1 Day Tour | Best of Istanbul | Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi

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This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque the only mosque with six minarets and its surrounding will our next place to visit. next, you will see the Germain Fountain a gift of Kaiser Wilhem 2. and listen to the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hagia Sophia the Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you to the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Topkapi Museum is the big one.. the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards, the Audience Hall, Divan -the high court-, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, Gardens, Kiosks...
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  • 7 to 8 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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$250.00

Istanbul Ottoman Relics Tour: Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Sultan Tombs

Istanbul Ottoman Relics Tour: Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Sultan Tombs

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Uncover the past of Ottoman sultans on this 3-hour guided tour of Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Sultan Tombs in Istanbul. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle of sultans as you discover their home for four centuries, Topkapi Palace. Within these storied chambers and courtyards learn about its history that’s brimming with scandals and executions. You will see the palace’s Treasury where holy relics, robes, jewels and other priceless artifacts are kept. Then, head to Hagia Sophia and visit the extravagant mausoleums to see the tombs of five sultans.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.33
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Istanbul Full Day Classic Old City Tour

Istanbul Full Day Classic Old City Tour

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First visit is Hippodrome. It was the center of sport activities of Constantinople. Famous with 4 monuments. Haghia Sophia, is the most famous museum in Turkey and one of the greatest marvels of architecture. (Closed on Monday) Blue Mosque, as known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, this breath-taking building is one of the most majestic Ottoman Mosques in all of Turkey. (Closed on Friday) Topkapi Palace, which has been home to the Ottoman dynasty for many years, was used for educational administrative and as the art center of the state. (Closed on Tuesday) Grand Bazaar, is the biggest market and the most attractive shopping center of Istanbul which has lots of shopping opportunities. (Closed on Sunday) Hagia Irene also called as “St. Eirene” Church. It is one of the oldest Byzantium churches in Istanbul, was the 2nd largest church of the Eastern Roman Empire after Hagia Sophia. (Closed on Tuesday)
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.01
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$73.01
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Classic Istanbul Tour Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Classic Istanbul Tour Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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This tour is a must in Istanbul. You will begin the day with the Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organized by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque the only mosque with six minarets and its surrounding will our next place to visit. next, you will see the Germain Fountain a gift of Kaiser Wilhem 2. and listen to the stories of his liaison with the orient. Hagia Sophia the Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you to the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Topkapi Museum is the big one.. the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards, the Audience Hall, Divan -the high court-, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, Gardens, Kiosks...
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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$250.00

Istanbul Old City Tour:Hagia Sophia,TopkapiPalace,BlueMosque GrandBazar

Istanbul Old City Tour:Hagia Sophia,TopkapiPalace,BlueMosque GrandBazar

Cover all the top sights of Istanbul on a single city tour with pickup and drop-off. This tour is great for first-time visitors or those with a short time to spend in the Turkish city. Learn about the city's history, architecture, and modern day culture through guided commentary and visits to sites such as the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, and the Blue Mosque.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.88
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Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Istanbul Tour
"kemal my tour guide was fantastic. he showed me some of the amazing places during our 3 day private tour. he was also very knowledgeable and was able to answer several of the history questions. I would highly recommend this private tour."..."
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Istanbul Classics and Highlights! Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi and more!
"Ozzy was amazing! He was super knowledgeable and exceeded our expectations. One of the best tours I have ever done, book him!"..."
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Istanbul Tourist Pass: 60+ Top Attractions/ Services
"Easy to use with immediate assistance when needed. Major attractions within walking distance and efficient back up tram and bus services. The boat tours and dinner cruises add the extra flare that makes Istanbul such a tourist "Must Visit" destination"..."
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Private Istanbul Layover Tour From Airport
"The layover tour was excellent. Transportation was in a comfortable large van (I was offered to take luggage with me if I wanted). Pick-up and drop off at desired times. Ozgur is an excellent guide, from getting in touch before the tour, to adjusting the pace according to your time. He knows which locations are best enjoyable (the Blue Mosques, for example, is being renovated and you can't really see anything of the interior). He warns about turist traps. He is both knowledgeable about the town's history and a pleasant and polite conversation partner."..."
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Magical Sights of Istanbul Private Walking Tour
"Hands down the best tour guide/company we have had in all our travels. Emre and Fatih Kelek were so helpful, knowledgeable and personable. We were a large family and had difficultly getting transport, they arranged vans, luggage transport and several locations to see. Emre command of english was truely remarkable. We were able to see our sites, ask as many questions as we wanted and even get recommendations on shops and restaurants. Even my surrley 13 year old was impressed. We were so pleased with our guides, we hired then a second day. And when we return to Turkey, our first call will be to Bonita Tours and Emre to schedule our trip."..."
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Full Day Historical Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City from Hagia Sophia
"Great, comprehensive tour, would definitely recommend to see the old city and get an insight into Istanbul’s past and present, fascinating to discover the stories behind the hidden elements you wouldn’t even know to look for! Thank you Ensar"..."
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Istanbul Heritage Tour - Incl. Lunch
"This tour was a terrific introduction to the most famous monuments in Istanbul. Our tourguide Mehmet kept things light so we had a lot of laughs as we learned the history of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and much more. He was very knowledgeable and friendly and kept things moving so we got a lot in during our time. Definitely recommend for a first-time visitor to Istanbul."..."
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Istanbul Full Day Old City Tour
"Mehmot what very knowledgeable and the tour was fun and historic and i recommend it, but there is renovations in the blue mosque that it didn’t let as see the whole place only the dome."..."
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Must - See Istanbul Stops 1+ 2: Full Day Tour
"John (Can) the tour guide made the whole experience worthwhile. He was funny and very knowledgeable about Istanbul's history."..."
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Full Day Highlights of Istanbul Old City incl Lunch & Tickets
"Our tour guide Mehmed Sakir was a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Strongly recommend this tour!!!"..."
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