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Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

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Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Ottoman history at the Blue Mosque and the illustrious Topkapi Palace during this guided morning tour in Istanbul. See Istanbul’s most famous monuments and enjoy a visit to the Hippodrome once the heart of Constantinople.
  • Four-hour morning tour of Istanbul's most famous Ottoman relics
  • Hippodrome and Obelisk
  • Ottoman architecture and museums of Topkapi Palace
  • Shopping for bargain souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central Istanbul hotels
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Meet your guide at your central hotel in Istanbul and begin your tour of the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Hop aboard your convenient ride and head to the Blue Mosque (also referred to as Sultan Ahmet Mosque) one of the premier attractions in Turkey and an important Islamic monument. Built during Ottoman rule under the direction of Sultan Ahmet, admire the six minarets that tower over the dome structure. Then, observe the main chamber’s 20,000 Iznik tiles that are illuminated by 260 windows.

Next, head to Topkapi Palace, the illustrious pinnacle of the Ottoman Empire. Visit one of the world’s oldest and largest palaces full of elegant chambers and heirloom treasures. Stroll with your guide and delve into the interesting history of this palace that sits along the coastline of the Golden Horn.

Continue from Topkapi Palace to the former heart and soul of Constantinople's sporting and political center, the Hippodrome. Learn about this lively area which for 500 years was home to Ottoman sports and even riots! Now a city park called At Meydanı (Horse Grounds), hear how it drew its name from former chariot races. Then, walk with your guide to the ancient granite Obelisk and discover how it was transported from Egypt to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in the late 4th century. 

Finish your tour with a ride back to your Istanbul hotel.

Please note: On Fridays the Blue Mosque will be closed until 2:30pm for prayer, entry will not be permitted and on Tuesdays Topkapi Palace is closed.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Blue Mosque
Please note: On Fridays the Blue Mosque will be closed until 2.30pm for prayer, entry will not be permitted. One of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hippodrome
The Hippodrome was once the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history. Today it is a city park called the At Meydanı (Horse Grounds) because of its function in Ottoman times. The Hippodrome includes the 3500-year-old Egyptian granite Obelisk, brought to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in 390 AD.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Topkapi Palace
The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi was the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. Note, the Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at the time of booking
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Neon Tours
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 Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque?
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 Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque?
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 Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque.

Reviews

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star-5
Amazing tour of the main...
Shirls
, Dec 2021
Amazing tour of the main attractions in Istanbul. The tour guide Ali was exceptional and very informative
star-5
Definitely joining the full day tour next time!
Henco_V
, Jul 2021
Very well planned and executed tour. The guide was very well spoken and friendly. Would do this tour again - a must for anyone with only a few hours on their hands!
star-5
Sightseeing Tour
Mobile27655510110
, Mar 2019
We had a great guide that showed us the ins and outs of the city. He hit on a lot of historical points but did not bore us one bit!
star-5
Excellent. It was pouring the rain...
MaryAnn_R
, Aug 2018
Excellent. It was pouring the rain that day, but was still a very nice and excellent tour.
star-3
Tour guide could have been more...
SIDNEY L
, Nov 2015
Tour guide could have been more engaging. Tour was an average standard, have been on better tours.
star-4
Excellent guide providing very good...
Louise D
, Sep 2015
Excellent guide providing very good information all along the tour
star-5
Great experience. This was a small...
tidewatchers
, May 2015
Great experience. This was a small group of 10, picked up on time and spent a half day in Istanbul. Great service from our guide gudyi and very interesting to visit the mosque and palace. Have a guide and tickets got us through the long lines easily. We would recommend this for anyone visiting Turkey.
star-4
We had a very nice tour – both...
Carina
, Oct 2014
We had a very nice tour – both places are definitely worth a visit. We had a great guide whose English was very good. The places were very crowded, especially the Topkapi Palace, but he managed to gather us aside and explain what we were about to see in the next room for example and then we could go have a look and meet up again for more information about the next stop. It was very well organized and our guide was very informative and knowledgeable.
star-5
This was a half day trip , the guide...
Sorrel B
, Sep 2014
This was a half day trip , the guide was brilliant and we were a small group of nine, everything run to time , he was interesting and informative . Enjoyable morning .
star-5
We had a great guide who arrived...
hamsa_m
, Sep 2014
We had a great guide who arrived promptly to pick us up and was very professional in giving commentary. We have been happy with Neon Tours in Turkey.

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