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Istanbul, Turkey
Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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Safety measures
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the top attractions in Sultanahmet (the old city) on a full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take in UNESCO World Heritage sites and famous monuments in Istanbul including the stunning Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Then follow your guide through the Grand Bazaar, browsing the shops of hundreds of vendors with an array of textiles, jewelry, perfumes, spices and more. Your guide shares the long history of Istanbul with your small group, which is limited to 10 participants to ensure a more intimate experience.
  • Small-group tour of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s old city
  • Admire the breathtaking architecture and decor of the Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, both gorgeous monuments from the Ottoman Empire
  • Hear about the role of the Hippodrome in the days of the Byzantine Empire
  • Browse the shops in the vibrant and historic Grand Bazaar
  • Learn about the long history of Istanbul, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 10 participants provides a more customized experience
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Professional English speaking guide
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Museum entrance fees
Meals and drinks
Gratuities
Airport pick up and drop off (additional fee)

Departure Point

Traveler 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


Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
1/1/2019 - 6/30/2023
Monday - Sunday:08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Global Travel Services
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Scarf is needed for the Blue Mosque, no shoes allowed." See review
  • "This tour is a must especially for the first timer." See review

Reviews

5.0
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171 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Day tour
paul_w
, Jan 2022
Guide was knowledgeable and on point. Tour was informative and punctual. Unfortunately blue mosque is under renovation so couldn’t see very much of the interior. Fred time at the Bazaar was appreciated.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Paul, Thank you for the review. Hope you can have another chance to come Istanbul to visit Blue Mosque properly. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Reggie was such an awesome tour guide!
MinJu_L
, Jan 2022
We had a wonderful private tour with Reggie. Reggie was extremely knowledgeable, fun, and considerate tour guide. I had a lot of questions about Istanbul & Turkish (+Ottoman + Byzantine) history - and it looks like I got the perfect guide in Reggie. We feel so grateful to have received such a colorful and condensed history of Istanbul. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Min Ju, Thank you for this great review. You were really lucky since you were the only people in the tour and it was a private tour just for you. Hope to see you again in the future. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Amazing and memorable Istanbul tour
Ryan_L
, Jan 2022
Regie was an amazing and very knowledgeable tour guide. His English was perfect. I would recommend him to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Ryan, Thank you for your review. Regie will be very happy after your compliments. Hope to see you again in Turkey. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Great tour!
Gregory_O
, Jan 2022
Recep was very knowledgeable about the areas we had been visiting. Was an awesome experience overall - 10/10 would recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Gregory, Thank you for giving 10/10 for our tour. Really appreciated. Hope to see you again. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
On time and full of information. Great experience.
Fahim_P
, Jan 2022
A wonderful experience. Mr. recep knows the history and provided much needed information about all the listed places we visited. I was lucky the tour turned into a private tour. I really enjoyed it and i would recommend it to everyone interested in amazing history of the great Istanbul city.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Fahim, Thank you for your review. Because of winter season, number of people in our tours are very limited. But of course, it is an advantage for our guests who book our tour in this time of the year. Hope to see you again. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
A lot of fun
Artemisia_T
, Jan 2022
The guide Semih was super nice and knowledgeable about the places we visited. It’s a good way to see touristic spots in Istanbul if you want to avoid getting lost and ask questions. The tour was a lot of fun. Also, there was only one other tourist besides myself in the group, which is always a plus.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Artemis, Thank you for this review. You had chance to experience a really small group. That gives you more chance to ask more questions and also you felt like you were in a private tour. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Lale tour guide was excellent.
Vincent_D
, Jan 2022
Lale, the tour guide, was the best part about this tour. She was thorough, knowledgeable, and best of all, kind. Istanbul and Turkey, in general, had far exceeded my expectations during my visit. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Vincent, It is very good to know that you liked our tour. Thank you for writing a review for us. We would like to welcome you again in our city. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Awesome
Clive_C
, Jan 2022
The tour, on the whole, was a very enjoyable experience. The tour guide, Mr Recep was very knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend this tour 100%
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Clive, Thank you for your review. It was a good experience for us to have guests from Malta. It is good to see people from different cultures in our tours. We would like to see you again in Turkey. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Best tour ever
fidel_z
, Dec 2021
I had the most remarkable tour with Recep Aydin. Not only everything was perfect, but I felt, in every instance, that our guide truly cared about us, and he did his best to make this tour memorable, and he was enormously knowledgeable, and he did a wonderful job of sharing his knowledge, and was charming companion, as well. And I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of our tour. I will definitely back again and again!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Fidel, Thank you for all your kind words. I shared your review with Recep. We are happy to know that you had a great day with our guide. You are always welcome here and please don't hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance about a Turkey holiday. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Very good
Rosemary_C
, Dec 2021
There were only 2 of us on the tour so we had the chance to go into lots of detail with Semih and ask lots of questions to which he always had the answers! An excellent tour, lovely coffee break in a traditional Turkish confectioners and satisfying lunch. Definitely recommend Semih and this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Dear Rosemary, I understand that you took advantage of being the only people in the tour on that day. Lucky you. We are glad to know that you had all answers for your questions. Thanks for your review. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)

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