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Istanbul Combo: Classic City Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

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Istanbul Combo: Classic City Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

From $175.00 per group (up to 8)

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Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

Follow winding streets to domes, minarets, and vibrant markets on a full-day private tour of Istanbul’s most iconic sites. Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour, so you can fully experience the sites that interest you most. Enter the Old City gates to discover Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome Square and a pair of remarkable bazaars, then finish the day with an optional sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus.
  • Full-day private tour of Istanbul's Old City
  • Visit key sites with a personal guide
  • Get a great overview and orientation of Istanbul
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • Perfect for first-time visitors
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Private Tour
Professional Local Guide
Entrance, ferry tickets
Transportation

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Tour guide meets you at central Istanbul hotels or port. If hotel is not centrally located, meeting point with tour guide is the entrance gate of Basilica Cistern Museum.

Ports

  • Istanbul Port
  • Galataport İstanbul, Kılıçali Paşa Mah. Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No: 8 İç Kapı No: 102, Kılıçali Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Galataport İstanbul Tanıtım Ofisi, Kemankeş Cd. No:65 Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, 34425, Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey


Meet your personal guide at your hotel or port (if option is selected), then head to the heart of the Old City to explore a series of all-star Istanbul destinations. Visit the Hagia Sophia to see an intriguing blend of Christian and Islamic influences, from Byzantine mosaics to minarets.

Enter a world of sultans and courtiers at Topkapi Palace, where the colorful Ottoman Court lived in luxurious pavilions and sheltered harems behind high stone walls. Hear the story of Mehmet the Conqueror, who built the palace following the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453, and learn about the centuries of palace intrigues and drama that followed his reign.

Immerse yourself in the scents, sounds, and colors of Istanbul’s two great markets. Shop for carpets, handicrafts, and antiques at the sprawling Grand Bazaar, then browse exotic spices, teas, brightly dyed nuts and lokum—the traditional sweet known as Turkish delight—beneath the high-arched ceilings of the Spice Market.

Customize the tour to your interests, with the option for a sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Purchase tickets for a public ferry or private yacht onsite, and spot Istanbul’s elegant waterside villas, palaces, and fortifications from the water, then finish the day with a convenient return transfer to your hotel or port, if chosen. Entrance fees not included, select transportation option when purchasing.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sultanahmet District
Sultanahmet District
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hippodrome
Hippodrome
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Blue Mosque
Built in the early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet I, Blue Mosque is truly a magnificent masterpiece of architecture with amazingly delicate proportions for a building of such massive scale. The blue shade of the 27.000 pieces of Iznik quart tiles give the mosque it’s popular name and 6 towering minarets give its uniquely recognizable structure.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sultanahmet Square
Sultanahmet Square
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hagia Sophia Mosque
Hagia Sophia Musuem
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
Spice Market
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bosphorus Strait
Bosphorus Cruise by Public Ferry or Private Yacht ( If option is chosen)
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays and Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Guests located in Sultanahmet will be near the museums so if you book van, it will not be used much
  • Annual Closing Dates of all museums and bazaars in Istanbul in 2021 as follows; January 1-New Year. May 13/14/15-Ramadan Celebrations. July 20/21/22/23-Eid Celebrations. October 29-Republic Day.
  • Hagia Sophia is closed during praying time.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Informative, kid-friendly and professional guide
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Guided Istanbul Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. 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 Istanbul Combo: Classic City Tour and Bosphorus Cruise?
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
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Combo: Classic City Tour and Bosphorus Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Istanbul Combo: Classic City Tour and Bosphorus Cruise?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Combo: Classic City Tour and Bosphorus Cruise.

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tonyv65
, May 2016
This was a private tour of Istanbul combined with a cruise of the Bosphorus. They greeted me at my hotel, and let me set the tone and the pace. I had completed some basic research and knew what I wanted to see. My guide Ahmet took this one step further and enabled me to assist him in determining what I sites I should experience to make the best use of my time. He did this by initiating a pleasant dialog that allowed me to communicate just what I wanted to gain from this personal and private tour. The tour company: Good communication, my tour was confirmed immediately by e-mail. Once I was in Turkey, I also spoke to a company representative just to re-confirm my tour arrangements. The were very friendly and helpful and let me know when and where my guide would meet me, they even let me know the name of my guide. My tour guide: He was early, in fact I was late - this tells you a lot about the tour guide and the tour company, Professional very easy going personality, immediately made me feel comfortable and welcome.Do you want someone who has rehearsed the facts and figures, or do you want a guide that sincerely knows what he or she is talking about. I felt that Ahmet was a student of his own craft, he learned the history behind places and historical figures he was showing me.I was made to feel welcome, as a tourist in an unfamiliar city and country, this is very important as well as comforting. The best thing about a private tour with this local company: They were professional, they were understanding of my needs and what I wanted to get out of this tour, they let me set the tone and the pace of my tour. Plain and simple, they gave me the Istanbul experience I was looking for. I highly recommend taking a private and personal tour with this company. You will not get the same kind of personal attention when you're shuffling around from site to site in a large group. I would book with them again, absolutely!

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