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Istanbul, Turkey
Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

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Safety measures
icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Explore the top attractions in Sultanahmet (the old city) on a full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take in UNESCO World Heritage sites and famous monuments in Istanbul including the stunning Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Then follow your guide through the Grand Bazaar, browsing the shops of hundreds of vendors with an array of textiles, jewelry, perfumes, spices and more. Your guide shares the long history of Istanbul with your small group, which is limited to 10 participants to ensure a more intimate experience.
  • Small-group tour of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s old city
  • Admire the breathtaking architecture and decor of the Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, both gorgeous monuments from the Ottoman Empire
  • Hear about the role of the Hippodrome in the days of the Byzantine Empire
  • Browse the shops in the vibrant and historic Grand Bazaar
  • Learn about the long history of Istanbul, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 10 participants provides a more customized experience
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Professional English speaking guide
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Museum entrance fees
Meals and drinks
Gratuities
Airport pick up and drop off (additional fee)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Depends on hotel's location, sometimes we can't use vehicle since vehicles are not allowed in some parts of old city.

Ports

  • Galataport
  • Sarayburnu


Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
1/1/2019 - 12/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please Note:Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Underground Cistern. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will also be replaced with Underground Cistern.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Global Travel Services
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 Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
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 Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
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 Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul?
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 Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Scarf is needed for the Blue Mosque, no shoes allowed." See review
  • "This tour is a must especially for the first timer." See review

Reviews

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136 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-5
Our guide may the difference!’
Rafael_O
, Nov 2021
Our guide Semih was absolutely amazing! His knowledge and the way he explained things was clear! He was patient and answered all our questions. I would recommend him as your guide. Very punctual in picking us up at Hotel.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Rafael, Thank you for your review. Being punctual is the key point of a tour. Start of the day should be good. Thanks for underlining that. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Istanbul at a glance one stop!
WasifZaman
, Nov 2021
Its a efficient way to see and get an idea of most of the important things that happened in Istanbul and rich Turkish history. How this has been a hub for hundred of years and influences global culture in so many ways.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Wasif, Thank you for your review and also for sharing all those important observations about our city. It is a privilege for us to live in the middle of history. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Excellent way to see the sites and skip the queues
Julie_H
, Nov 2021
Met at hotel on time. Transported by minbus to 1st stop. Guide was excellent, knew all about the sites we visited. Gave enough information but not too much to overload you. Was able to skip the queues at all the attractions which was a bonus. The only thing i would say is this should be advertised as a walking tour as apart from the minibus to the 1st stop the Hipprodrome we walked everywhere else possibly about 5 miles in total.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Julie, Thank you for this detailed review. I understand your concern about the usage of vehicle. Actually, vehicles are not allowed in many areas of Sultanahmet district (closed to traffic), that's why we can't use vehicle between sites, for example from Hagia Sophia to Topkapi Palace. We generally use vehicles at the beginning and end of the tour. We will consider your comments. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Reggie was an amazing...
Sam_S
, Nov 2021
Reggie was an amazing tour guide. He was ver knowledgeable about each site we visited. Great experience and fun day.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Sam, We are glad to know that you had good time yesterday. Hope tou see you again, tahank you for your review. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Great Intro to Istanbul Sights
James_C
, Nov 2021
Semih was an outstanding tour guide. Great knowledge of the sites and a friendly personality. He went the extra mile for us.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear James, You are a star. Thank you for this second review. Great motivation for us and for our guides. Hope to see you again. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Excellent group tour!
Samuel_O
, Nov 2021
I had a great time touring around the famous sites of Istanbul. The tour guide did an excellent job of explaining and giving us tips about each area. I would definitely recommend this to anybody. The Hagia Sophia was one of the most breathtaking spots
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Samuel, Thank you for your review. Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece and a world heritage. We are glad to know that you enjoyed it. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
The best tour
Alexandra_R
, Nov 2021
I love this tour actually it was the second time for me because it was the first time in Istanbul for my friends. Regie the tour guide was excellent very professional knowledge about everything in the tour and more very kind easy going 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 we had a lovely day 😃😃😃😍😍😍
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Alexandra, You became our loyal customer. Thank you for your second review after the one in Spanish. We really appreciate all. Hope you always smile like in your review. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Exploring Istanbul with an Expert Guide
Jayne_K
, Nov 2021
Wonderful day touring with personable, fun guide Reggie! Reggie knew the best spots for photos and took us to visit the most fascinating highlights of Istanbul…we constantly seemed to be entering major tourist sights just before a huge deluge of tour groups, so he had our tour fully planned for optimal enjoyment and comfort. He paced the tour specifically for my husband who has mobility issues, with regular rest stops, and he even instinctively knew when we would need a bathroom break. Reggie’s background as a history professor means that you’ll learn so much about Istanbul in a short time…about the mosques to mosaics to Ottoman Empire and Roman-occupied Istanbul and all delivered in a fun and informative manner. I highly recommend this tour with Reggie!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Jayne, As I understand, you had a great day with Reggie. We always try to to our best to make our guests comfortable during the tour. We would like to see you again or your guests in our country. Please always feel free to contact us if you need any assistance about Turkey. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Great guide to visit it Istanbul ,ask for Recep
Ileana_F
, Nov 2021
We had such a great experience with our guide Recep .we were picked up on time ,sights we have visited was amazing we skipped the long lines got into the places before big groups ,Recep'english was fantastic very easy to undertstand and his history knowledge super good.He was a great fun and we were treated like a friend ,I would highly recommend this tour without a second thought .
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Ileana, Thank you for your review. We are happy to know that we were able to please ladies like you. I will definitely share your thoughts with Recep. We would like to see you again in another time. You are always welcome here. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)
star-5
Nice way to see Istanbul
Keith_H
, Nov 2021
Guide was very knowledgeable and gave us ample time to explore each location on our own, which was great.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Dear Keith, We are pleased to know that you enjoyed our tour. Thank you for your review. All the best... Baris Tugberk (Global Travel Services)

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