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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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icon8 hours  (approx.)
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Experience Istanbul’s timeless sights on a full-day tour of the city’s stunning historic places. Listen for the ancient echoes of pounding hooves and charioteers at Hippodrome Square and spot the distinctive tiles of the Blue Mosque. See the Byzantine mosaics and minarets of Hagia Sophia, then follow in the footsteps of powerful sultans, courtiers, and generals at Topkapi Palace. Finish your tour in the vibrant Grand Bazaar, browsing bright displays of handicrafts, carpets, and souvenirs.
  • Full-day tour of Istanbul's essential sites
  • Choose a small-group tour for a more personal experience
  • Relax over lunch at a traditional restaurant
  • Learn about Turkish history and culture
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees included
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Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off ( only from the hotels, not other address)
Guaranteed to skip the long lines
Air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch
Visit to the Harem in Topkapi Palace is not included (own expense)
Drinks
Gratuities
The Marmara Taksim , Osmanli Sokak No: 1/B Taksim Square, Istanbul 34437 Turkey
8:00 AM
We pick up from Central located hotels in Istanbul. Please contact with us if your hotel is out of city limits.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays instead you will take a Bosphorus Cruise. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar
  • Passport name, number and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.
  • Blue Mosque is closed Friday mornings and our guide will show & introduce from outside
  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays instead you will visit to the Underground Cistern.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We as KARAVAN TRAVEL, want to ensure the minds of travelers that, all the necessary safety measures and precautions will be maintained at all times; hand sanitizer will be available, masks will be given out, seats will be blocked out on coaches, reduced groups sizes and social distancing measures will be taking against COVID-19 infections. We will follow up the new regulations/restrictions permanently and update our procedures accordingly.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Karavan Travel
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace?
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 Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace?
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 Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
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What is the social distancing policy during Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace?
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 Full Day: Classic Istanbul Tour Including Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.

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  • "I would recommend people arrange their own tours as all the areas are within 10 mins walk of each other." See review
  • "I would recommend this if you are for short duration and your hotel is not walking distance or you cannot take tram." See review

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star-5
Magnificient and Historic Istanbul
Pranab_B
, Aug 2022
Our guide was very informative and did his utmost to ensure we had a very knowledgable tour. Towards the second half, my wife and I were the only ones remaining but this did not deter him from carrying on the tour with the same energy as the start of the tour. The sights were absolutely delightful providing a deep perspective into all the historical events which have shaped the history of the country, it's people, the region and indeed the world (I'm beginning to think Aladdin is more Turkish than Arab!) I left the tour spell bound and enlightened. I particularly enjoyed discovering the common colloquial words between Turkish and Hindi, Urdu and Pharsi spoken here in India.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Marilyn_K
, Aug 2022
We were met at our hotel by our tour guide Lutfi. From the moment we were picked up the service was wonderful . Extremely knowledgeable and so pleasant . He knew exactly what sites to go to first . Having your day planned for you by someone who knows the history and the area was wonderful. It took off a lot of pressure. With such large crowds it was very easy and seamless . Lutfi was very funny and smart and was really able to provide a great experience . I highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to see the highlights with a tour guide who knows the area and history so well!
star-1
Avoid - tour begun with a group of 9 people and ended with only 2 people - do it by yourself
Mihai_P
, Jul 2022
The inclusions of the tour are deceiving, it says guaranteed to skip the lines, but the reality is that this is not possible at Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque and that at Topkapi Palace we did not skip the security check, only the ticket entry, waiting in full sun for almost 20 minutes. There is no admission at the Hippodrome, that place is an open square. We were very disappointed with the guides approach, she was providing a brief introduction on the outside of the Mosques/Palace for few minutes and then would give us 20 minutes free time to visit the inside of the Hagia and Mosque by ourselves. At Topkapi Palace we spent a lot of time waiting to get trough the security check, and given 1h to visit the buildings by ourselves, which was not enough. The guide said that if we had questions we could ask her, but difficult to do it, when she was waiting for us outside of the touristic objective. More than this, when other participants told her that other guides are providing details inside the attraction point, she got very angry. She told us that in the buildings there are boards with the description of the items and that we can read by ourselves and that we don't need her for that. When a couple was 20 minutes late to get out from Hagia Sophia, the guide was very angry and did not listen their explanation that they were late because they needed to go to the bathroom. Things got even worst when the guide was asked by the same couple why isn't she not coming inside the buildings with us. From there, things went downhill, the whole atmosphere got tense and unpleasant because of the guides attitude. She even asked us to sign a written statement that this couple was late and that because of them we will not get to finish our tour. Obviously no one signed. All of us were late to get back to the exit for different reasons. After this couple decided to leave the group, the guide couldn't move on and started to say judgmental things about them and their culture. At that point we decided we had enough and left the group. The tour begun with a group of 9 people and ended with only 2 people, this speaks volumes. The lunch was horrible, the waiters rushed to eat fast, cleared the table even if we had food on our plates. Overall, the tour was rushed, there was no learning opportunity. All the attractions are at a walking distance one from each other, this is something you can do by yourself, with less money, just get and audio guide at Topkapi and stay as long as you need. We wasted one day of our vacation. Disappointing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful experience
Kinga_M
, Jul 2022
Wonderful tour guide, great experience. We had a bless and we suggest this program for everyone. It’s a must if you are in Istanbul.
star-1
Horrible experience
Nancy_M
, Jul 2022
The travel guide we had was unpleasant, she was disrespectful at many occasions which has spoiled our tour and had to end our trip early. We had only 2 days in Istanbul and one whole day was ruined by this tour guide. Won't recommend this tour company from viator for anyone.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent host & guide
sharoon80
, Jul 2022
Mr. Jan was an Excellent host & guide. We has family had great time and would definitely recommend everyone to check this tour via this company.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing experience, do not miss!
Ethan_B
, Jul 2022
This was an outstanding tour experience! Our guide was outstanding! We learned so much about Istanbul and it’s amazing history. He was very sensitive to the pace of the group, and made sure every person had an amazing experience. We had a bosphorous sunset cruise after this tour, and we were running late, so our guide phoned the next tour operator to make sure they waited for us, and he escorted us personally to the dock to make sure we made it. That going above and beyond really made us feel so great - and that was throughout the tour, so we really developed warm feelings for Istanbul and the people. Simply amazing!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Average tour - need better guides with more detailed information about the area.
Raj_T
, Jul 2022
Our guide was very sweet and friendly - would give her 5/5 on that, but she was def not very knowledgeable about the area and didn’t go very deep. We got free time on most occasions after an introductory of the area. Also it was very hard to understand her. Overall it was just ok.
star-5
Great Tour
Oscar_G
, Jul 2022
Very good guide; passionate and knew her stuff. Ample time to view the sites. Lunch was close and perfect. Tour ended at Grand Bazaar.
star-5
Great trip
JOHN_H
, Jul 2022
The trip was wonderful. Our tour guide was excellent, we couldn't have asked for a better one. Organisation we perfect. Because we were on the Asian side of Istanbul they organised pick up at an additional fee. We saw everything that we wanted to see
star-4
Good tour
Mayank_T
, Jul 2022
The tour was decent and good The guide Ummaid (umcaht) was good and patience ....he was clear in explanation as well as describing each places linking with past incidents as well as context The tour company did not tel in advance that Blue Mosque was in renovation so could not see anything . Also as it was Sunday when we did the roll tour that Grand bazar was closed was not informed but we were taken Spice market as replacement (which was good) Also the lunch was decent not great and could have been better
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Had a great tour of the Old Town
Andres_H
, Jul 2022
We had a great day! Our tour guide, Gülce, was very informative and demonstrated great knowledge about each site of our tour. Istanbul is worth visiting several times in life, but it means more when you have the context of history. Thank you so much!
star-5
Gulce was an awesome tour...
Nina_V
, Jun 2022
Gulce was an awesome tour guide, we definitely recommend her!!! She explained to as everything about the history, and answered every question we asked.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-5
Must do!
Glenys_S
, Jun 2022
Beautiful tour. Our guide Burak was an absolute delight. Knowledgeable, attentive, professional and very educated. Loved Istanbul.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-4
Nice day tour of Instanbul
Ibrahim_O
, Jun 2022
The trip was very good. The guide quite knowledgeable as he explained in clear details. I recommend to anyone wishing to have tour in Istanbul.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-5
Worth it !
Neha_C
, Jun 2022
Booked this tour for my parents, they loved it! The tour guide was also good and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-5
Great tour
Todd_C
, Jun 2022
Mustafa did a great job of explaining the history of Istanbul. He was able to do it in a way that made everyone on the tour feel comfortable including our 16 year old teenager. The meal provided on the tour was great and would recommend to anyone. Mustafa allowed us to customize the tour to our liking.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-5
Great experience! great guide!
Jorge_R
, Jun 2022
Hagia Sophia was an amazing place to visit. The guide was great and very knowledgeable . I highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-3
Not a good experience.
Prasant_S
, Jun 2022
The items being covered was good except the topcapi palace which was very ordinary. Hagia Sophia and blue mosque were great. The guide was not very good. We were six people in group but he spoke very low and many times it was not intelligible. Worst part was at the end when we had to wait for the car for more than an hour and we eventually decided to walk. The traffic jam was an excuse because they parked the car at a far off place. They should have the idea.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. We are sorry for having a negative review from the our guests directly, unfortunately in daily operations such kind of issues might be occur out of our wish/control. We will take care of your comments for our future bookings to improve our service quality. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
star-5
Oscan was very informative and a terrific guide
Neil_H
, Jun 2022
Topkapi palace grand bazaar lunch was excellent , the whole experience was well worth the money and I would recommend it to anyone
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Neil, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.

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