Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia

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Small-Group Istanbul in One Day Tour Including Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia
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Visit six top Istanbul attractions in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city! The action-packed day includes a comprehensive tour of the historical Sultanahmet neighborhood where many of the city’s finest architectural legacies and landmarks are found. Visit the Blue Mosque and museums of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, as well as Istanbul Hippodrome, the sunken palace of Basilica Cistern and the dazzling Grand Bazaar. A delicious 3-course lunch is also included halfway through the day.
Numbers are limited to 14 on this small-group tour ensuring a personalized experience.
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In Brief

Location:
Turkey, Turkey
Country:
Turkey
Duration:
8 hours
Operates:
Daily, except Tuesday
Highlights:
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
All entrance fees included
Lunch included
Hotel pickup included
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Start your day with a pickup from your European-side hotel or alternatively, meet your guide at a central meeting point. Before departing by coach, listen to a brief breakdown of your day. The sequence of your itinerary is subject to change, so certain attractions (as detailed below) may be visited in a different order. Lunch at a traditional restaurant is included halfway through the day; see the Itinerary for a sample menu.
Head to the Blue Mosque to marvel at its six minarets and the thousands of Iznik tiles that cascade a sea of blue over the building’s interior. One of the finest examples of classical Ottoman architecture, the mosque was built at the bequest of Sultan Ahmet I who demanded a mosque to rival the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia.
Both a church and a mosque in its past life, Hagia Sophia (or Aya Sofya) is now a UNESCO-listed museum that showcases Ottoman- and Byzantine-era artifacts. Browse the interior’s architecture and historical exhibits with your guide, and then continue to Topkapi Palace. Like Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace now exists as one of Istanbul’s premier museums, home to a collection of ornamentation that once belonged to the city’s 15th-century sultans and harems.
Continue through Istanbul Hippodrome, seeing the granite Egyptian obelisk that was gifted to the city, and hear how the site once represented the hub of the city’s sporting and political life. After stopping for photos, visit Basilica Cistern — Istanbul’s ‘sunken palace’ — a site that famously featured in the James Bond movie From Russia with Love. The site is one of the largest of the city's ancient cisterns that lie beneath the ground.
The final attraction included in your tour is the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s most famous souks. Comprising nearly 60 streets and thousands more shops, the bazaar can be overwhelming. Let your guide introduce you to its colorful (if chaotic) highlights, and shop for jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and more.
Your tour finishes with a drop-off at your European-side hotel or in central Istanbul.
Please note: The Grand Bazaar will be closed on Sundays and Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. If your tour falls on any of these days, an alternate attraction (such as Chora Museum or another market) may be visited instead, Topkapi Palace (Closed on Tuesdays; will be replaced with Istanbul Archaeology Museum). You may visit the Basilica Cistern or Nakkas Cistern.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch - 3-course lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
First course:

• Pastry stuffed with cheese or sausage, served alongside a seasonal saladMain course (choice of one):

• Turkish veal kebab
• Grilled chickenDessert:

• Specialty of the day
• Seasonal fruit

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Your European-side hotel or a meeting point (advised on reconfirmation) in central Istanbul

Returns To

Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Children 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  • Cover ups and head scarves are provided at the Blue Mosque
  • Not recommended for participants with walking difficulties

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

I enjoyed this tour very much! First of all, the pick up from my hotel was on time. Hakan, our guide, provided us just very useful information about the places we visited. He accomodates questions from everyone and gave us enough time to explore the places on our own. He also has a good sense of humor which made the tour more fun. In addition, lunch food was really good I think this is particularly important info as some lunch tours just put you in a questionable restaurant and serve you with orinary kebab.
• Submitted 06 Aug 2019
This was one of the best city tours we have taken. Our guide Sevilay was outstanding, and very knowledgeable on history of Istanbul that she was eager to share. We only had two of us, and another couple on the tour that made this almost a private tour. The tour covers all the important spots in old town, and avoids the long lines if you were going on you own. Haiga Sofia had at least a 30 min line and we just walked in with our guide.
• Submitted 30 Jul 2019
My brother and I had very limited time in Istanbul so chose an all day tour of main places of interest. This tour covered all our needs. We were picked up at our hotel and enjoyed the company of 9 other people Sevilay, our guide, was very informative and also great fun. Ask for her on this tour. I recommend this tour if you want to jump all the lines and see all the main sites in one day. Thanks again Sevilay(spelling?)
• Submitted 18 Jul 2019
Took the tour July..5. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, patient and effective in arranging the tour route. Lunch which was included in the tour was very good. Recommended to any first timer in Istanbul.
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
Tour was very good. The guide was excellent. He new what he was talking about and was very informative
• Submitted 12 Jul 2019
We had a great tour. Lots of walking - so be prepared. Our tour guide left so quick that we were not able to thank him for his patience (we had a slow couple on the trip with us) and thoroughness.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Once again Viator comes through with a pre booked tour without the hassle of trying to find a local one that can be trusted! Our guide was on time polite and friendly. He had great knowledge of all the sites visited. Lunch was great. It was a small group so little time was wasted waiting for stragglers. Hagia Sophia was the highlight and the Topkapı palace had some really interesting experiences. Good value and well done to our guide. I do remember his name but I don’t think I could spell it.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Our tour guide (I think he said his name was Hasan?) was Very Knowledgeable about each if the sites we visited. Our tour group of 7 enjoyed a bit of background info and overview about what we were about to see at each stop, then were given sufficient time to explore and get photos as needed. We didn’t feel rushed and since we were so prompt, we even got a bonus stop at one of the few remaining Cisterns in Istanbul! We would certainly recommend this tour to others. Our group tour group consisted of one couple (me and my wife), 2 men traveling each on their own, and 3 friends/co-workers (2 women, 1 man)
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
The guide Achem was the excellent. He had so much knowledge regarding this tour. A very pleasant young man.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Excellent tour! I would recommend this trip especially, if you want to see all the highlights in one day. No waiting in queues. Everything was organised perfect. Our guide was knowledgeable about the history and was friendly.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We prebooked before we reached Istanbul, and are glad we did. We saw the sights that we wanted, We beat the queues which can be pretty lengthy. There is a fair amount of walking involved, so be prepared for that. good value for money.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Great tour with a small group. Hakan our guide was friendly with a lot of information to share. He was accommodating in every way and helped us take some good photos too. My husband was unable to join us in the morning and Hakan arranged for him to join us in the afternoon for the rest of the tour. We had an enjoyable day and I highly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 13 May 2019
Saw all the highlights in one day, Our guide Hakan knew how to get us in before it was too busy. He was very knowledgeable and informative. Lunch was delicious and authentic. We spent just the right amount of time at each site. I also met very nice people that were also on the tour. A total,of 14 people which included 3 children a perfect number of people.
• Submitted 18 Apr 2019
Was a great one day tour. The lunch provided was good. Had sufficient time to have a first look at all the attractions. Could have used a bit more time at the Palace.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2018
Great tour to get to know Istanbul in one day. Major highlight covered and enough time to stroll around and make pictures :)Hotel pick up included from European side.Knowledgable guide
• Submitted 26 Oct 2018
Excellent tour! Our guide was knowledgable about the history and politics of sights, his delivery of information clear and articulate. Highly recommend this tour! Hagia Sophia.....Amazing!
• Submitted 25 Oct 2018
Having a small group is great. We didn’t need to have those headsets on that large groups need. We got more one on one time with the guide to ask questions. We got alone time at almost each place to explore after a history lesson from the guide. I highly recommend Neon Tours!
• Submitted 12 Oct 2018
This was a perfect way to see Istanbul in a day tour.They picked us up from our hotel and dropped us too !!!The guy was very knowledgeable and with a very good English!!The places were very interesting and the lunch in a very good place and good food !!!
• Submitted 05 Oct 2018
Great tour and very informative. The guide did an awesome job.
• Submitted 14 Jul 2018
Great tour of Istanbul with a very knowledgeable and experienced guide.
• Submitted 01 Jun 2018
Love it! Convenient and time-saving.
• Submitted 23 May 2018
Our guide was extremely informative. He opened our eyes to the history of Istanbul and answered all questions that were asked by the group. Over lunch, the other passengers on the tour also commented how well spoken and informative our guide was. The order of the tours was also great and the lunch was very well balanced with good flavours.
• Submitted 08 May 2018
I had a wonderful experience. Thanks to my tour guide Hakan. Our itinerary was altered a bit. The Blue Mosque was closed for renovation, but we went to a different mosque instead. As the the president of Turkey was visiting the Hagia Sophia was closed. However, Hakan tried and tried to see if it was going to open in the afternoon. It was. We got in quite quickly and avoided the long queue. It was worth it. Hagia Sophia was amazing. I 100 recommend this tour.
• Submitted 01 May 2018
I had a wonderful experience on this tour that gave me an opportunity to learn about Istanbul and its historical places. Our guide, Hakan Adagume, really knows this city and tell funny and interesting stories. I would definitely recommend this tour to others.
• Submitted 28 Apr 2018

In Brief

Location:
Turkey, Turkey
Country:
Turkey
Duration:
8 hours
Operates:
Daily, except Tuesday
Highlights:
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
All entrance fees included
Lunch included
Hotel pickup included