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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
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Overview

Experience the finest attractions in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district during this private, guided day tour of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Marvel at these famous monuments alongside your expert guide who will give you individual attention on this private voyage.
  • Full-day private tour of Istanbul and its main attractions
  • View iconic landmarks like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia
  • Underground Cistern or Nakkas Cistern
  • Ottoman architecture and museums of Topkapi Palace
  • Shopping heaven in the Grand Bazaar
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your English-speaking guide on this special private tour
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central Istanbul hotels
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Local guide
Transport by private vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Entrance to Harem Section in the Topkapi Palace
Lunch

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Start your private day tour with a pickup in an air-conditioned vehicle from your centrally located hotel in Istanbul (European side). Then, set off to discover the historic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and more! First, head over the Hippodrome to the Sultan Ahmet Mosque internationally known as the Blue Mosque and observe Ottoman architecture at its finest. Turn 360 degrees to see six imposing spires and 260 luminescent windows that scatter brilliant sunlight over the mosque’s 20,000 Iznik tiles.

Continue to Hagia Sophia and learn how this civil engineering wonder was once the largest church in the world, then a mosque, and now the Saint Sophia Museum. Enjoy perusing through this enormous dome structure admiring the beautiful Byzantine mosaics. 

Next, delve under the famous peninsula of Sarayburnu into the largest ancient cistern in Istanbul, Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı). Located a mere 500 feet (150m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia, Experience its sheer size. Learn how it was built under the rule of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century and is the largest cistern in a city of hundreds.

Rise above ground and take a short walk to Topkapi Palace, the oldest and largest palace on the planet. Hear about the treasure held within its walls as you stroll through its ornate rooms. Then, cruise around its buildings to a spectacular vantage point of the Golden Horn and learn why it's considered the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. (On Tuesdays the palace is closed, so instead visit the Istanbul Archaeology Museum)

Onward to the center of Constantinople’s sporting and political heart at the Hippodrome. Go back in time 500 years when the Ottoman empire was in power and imagine a place ruled by games and riots. Nowadays, this civic park carries on the Ottoman tradition in its name only known as the Horse Grounds (At Meydanı). Move on and admire the Hippodrome’s ancient Egyptian granite Obelisk and hear how it was transported in 390 AD to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius.

Finally, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the famous Grand Bazaar. Discover the world’s largest canopied market as you stroll along peering into shops full of leather, pottery, jewelry, spices and carpets. With more than 4,000 shops on 58 streets, you’ll be astounded that this market has been operating since the 14th century. (Closed on Sundays; so extra time will be spread over the other locations for a more intimate experience.)
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Blue Mosque
Just across from the Hippodrome, 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: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kapali Carsi
In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world's largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. (Closed on Sundays; additional time will be spent at the other locations.)
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hagia Sophia Mosque
One of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world, this former basilica and mosque is now the Saint Sophia Museum. Many historians have nominated it as the 8th wonder of the world. Take a moment to linger here to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Topkapi Palace
The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is 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. (Closed on Tuesdays; will be replaced with Istanbul Archaeology Museum)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica Cistern
The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. The cistern, located 500 feet (150m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Customers booking this tour for shore excursions will not have time to visit the Basilica Cistern, due to the limited time in Istanbul
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • 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.

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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 Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, 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 Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, 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 Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.

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  • "Would highly recommend this tour for those wanting to learn the significance of Istanbul and the Ottoman Empire." See review

Reviews

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knowledge of our guide,...
CIELO_S
, Oct 2021
knowledge of our guide, great tour, amazing places we visit, have a great lunch, speak very good English.
star-5
Best tour I have ever taken 👍👍👍
Danny_B
, Sep 2021
I was overwhelmed by the beauty and history of Turkey. Also, my guide had extreme knowledge of not only Turkey but of many other countries as well. The guide had a fantastic personality and I really appreciate the experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! Well done!!!!! 👍👍👍
star-5
Wonderful tour
Shatha_A
, Aug 2021
It was a lovely tour .The guide was very informative and helpful. And the tour was conclusive and wonderful. , we were able to visit most of the important landmarks in one day , including hippodrome, sultanahmet mosque , hagia sofia , topkapi palace , grand bazar , the cistern were closed so we went to mosaic museum instead . Hotel pick up and drip off was included .
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Worth it.
Amy_J
, Jul 2021
Great tour. Amazing guide who tailored the sites to our needs gave interesting and comprehensive information and was also kind and fun to talk to. We learned so much, saw so much, and had an amazing time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The best way to see Istanbul
Erin_G
, Mar 2020
Amazing experience! Our guide was incredibly friendly and very informative! The whole day was super easy despite having such a big and thorough itinerary! We saw everything we wanted to see with no hassle or lines! Highly recommend to anyone visiting istanbul! The best way to do it!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Erin, It's a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed our services. Hope to see you again soon, Neon tours
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Day tour
RuennHwa
, Oct 2019
Very enjoyable. Tour guide was knowledgeable of history of the time period and conveyed to us the significance. Would highly recommend this tour for those wanting to learn the significance of Istanbul and the Ottoman Empire.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Dear our valueable guest, We're more than happy to hear that you enjoyed our tour. Thank you for writing this review. Please visit again, Neon Tours
star-5
Great way to see the most important sites
Clara_R
, Aug 2019
Our guide was knowledgeable and nice, he took us to most of the highlights in Istanbul. We were picked up in a large minivan just for us two. The Turkish Rug store our guide took us to was legit. The place we had lunch at had a nice view but the food wasn't the best. I would recommend this tour, you can't go wrong.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Clara, Thank you for the compliments. It's always a pleasure to read our happy guests' kind words. We hope to see you again in our beautiful city, Neon Tours
star-5
Fantastic tour! Had a couple of people...
AnilahQ
, May 2018
Fantastic tour! Had a couple of people with me who had never been to Istanbul and this tour was just the right thing for us all. Highly recommended to anyone new to Istanbul or who love visiting this city.
star-5
This trip was AMAZING! Omar was the...
Stefanie R
, Apr 2018
This trip was AMAZING! Omar was the absolute best. He answered any and all of our questions about culture, sites, etc. We had 2 kids ages 14 and 16 with us and he kept their attention the entire time. We saw everything in one day that was on our list plus a to of stuff we would never ave known about. I highly recommend this tour to anyone!!!
star-5
A wonderful way to see the city and...
John B
, Jan 2018
A wonderful way to see the city and get to know the local customs. A great guide that knew his history but was able to judge when you had had enough. He gave us a lot of useful information that helped enhance the rest of our stay.

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