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Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

1. Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

Day 1 – Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hipporome, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar Explore the highlights of Istanbul on this private full-day walking tour that covers the major attractions, from the Hagia Sophia Museum, to the iconic Blue Mosque, to the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, to the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. The 8-hour excursion starts with a pick-up from your Istanbul hotel and a walk through the lively streets of Turkey’s largest city to visit the dramatic former basilica of the Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia  or 'divine wisdom', it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. Move on to the Blue Mosque, more officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque. The mosque’s striking blue tiles give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Located close to Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque was considered the Supreme Imperial Mosque in Istanbul. Continue to Topkapi Palace, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. The former palace boasted a population of about 4,000 people at its peak and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years. Located on a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, it sits in tranquil gardens that provide shade from the blazing heat of the summer. Pop in to the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem, among other attractions. You will also visit the Hippodrome, the former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. Three monuments from the original building remain, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. You will also pause to look at the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble columns. Your day won’t be complete, however, without a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handcraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric, and it's a great place to try out your bargaining skills. Day 2 – Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Istiklal Street, Taksim The spice bazaar is located in Fatih. It's known as the Egyptian Market because, during the Ottoman period, Egyptian exports were sold there. The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses are located at the narrowest point of Bosphorus. There are also magnificent Ottoman palaces and mosques along the Bosphorus. Keep an eye out for them! Built in the 19th century, Dolmabahce Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and housed some of the last Ottoman Sultans. The palace site was created by filling in the small bay on the Bosphorus. This gave rise to its name, in Turkish, Dolma means 'filled' or 'stuffed,' and bahce means 'garden'. Istiklal Street is brimming with life. There, you'll find a plethora of shops, restaurants, and bars. From there, it is a 2-kilometer walk down to the Tunel Galata Tower area.

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Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 50 Attractions & Services

2. Istanbul: Tourist Pass with Over 50 Attractions & Services

Save time and money with a convenient 2, 3, 5 or 7-day passport to Istanbul. The Istanbul Tourist Pass is an online city Pass that provides access to some of the city’s top sights, during the days you choose. It is the only city pass available that allows you to enjoy Istanbul in a simple, convenient, and fun way. All the passes include a chat service during available hours with professional guides over WhatsApp. By presenting your GetYourGuide voucher at the entrance, gain access to:• Hagia Sophia Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Topkapi Palace Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Basilica Cistern Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Dolmabahçe Palace Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Blue Mosque Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Grand Bazar Guided Tour (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Hagia Irene Museum in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum Guided Tour in English (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Tiled Pavilion Museum (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Museum of the Ancient Orient (check meeting point and tour schedule)• Photoshoot in Ottoman attire (1 per person)• Şerefiye Cistern Guided Tour• Madame Tussauds Wax Museum• SEA Life Aquarium• Sapphire Observation Deck with 4D Skyride Simulation• Museum of Illusions• Hop-on hop-off Bosphorus boat cruise (1-ring or 1-day, Bosphorus Strait or Golden Horn)• Bosphorus boat tour• Princes’ Islands boat trip• LEGOLand (adults cannot enter LEGOLand without a child)• Xtrem Aventures• Pera Museum• Dialogue in the Silence• Istanbul Airport Shuttle (One way)• Jungle & Dungeon & Safari• Sakıp Sabancı Museum• Upside Down House Photo Experience• Jungle & Dungeon & Safari (cannot be visited without children)• The Museum of Selfies• Dialogue in the Silence• Bursa Day trip• Sapanca Lake & Maşukiye Daily Tour• Istanbul Segway Tour• Emaar Aquarium and Underwater Zoo• Istanbul Toy Museum By making reservations in advance and presenting your GetYourGuide voucher, get access to the following:• Discount on a 1-way airport transfer. You are allowed to choose the direction• Whirling dervishes ceremony (requires a reservation in advance)• Bosphorus dinner cruise. Dinner and shows included (requires a reservation in advance)• Dialogue in the Dark• Miniaturk Park Istanbul• Panoramic bus tour from Europe to Asia• Eyup Sultan Mosque• Pierre Loti• Discounted COVID PCR Test• 2-Day free Wi-Fi device

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Istanbul Dinner Cruise with Sema Ceremony

3. Istanbul Dinner Cruise with Sema Ceremony

Climb aboard a Bosphorus cruise boat and see Istanbul at sunset, while feasting from an open buffet dinner. Even if you have already been on a day cruise of the Bosphorus, seeing Istanbul with its evening illuminations reflected in the water is an unforgettable experience. Following a transfer from your city center hotel to the Golden Horn, board your boat and set sail to marvel at the Old City to the north. Sail through the legendary Bosphorus Straits for breathtaking views of some of the palaces and gardens lined along the banks. Feast from the on board open buffet as you enjoy live entertainment of typical Turkish songs and folk dances, such as the asuk-masuk, and kolbasti dances. The buffet includes delicious hors d’oeuvres, chicken shish, fish,, fresh fruit, and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. Dance the rest of the night away or just sit back and relax, as your cruise back to the harbor for around Midnight.

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Istanbul: Bus and Boat City Tour

4. Istanbul: Bus and Boat City Tour

Discover the best of Istanbul with a combination package that includes a panoramic city tour and a boat tour from the Bosphorus. This ticket is valid for 1 day, during which you can join the tours as often as you’d like at the available times. You are free to join the tours on the same day within the ticket time limit. Istanbul Panoramic City Tour:On the 90-minute sightseeing tour, you will witness stunning panoramic views of the city as you pass Galata Bridge, where you can see the iconic Galata Tower and the majestic Dolmabahce Palace. During the tour, listen to fascinating stories from your live guide on Byzantine and Ottoman times when you pass by Taksim Square, Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and much more. Bosphorus Boat Tour:Sit back and relax as the 90-minute boat tour takes you to the Asian and European shores. Enjoy the beautiful skyline as you pass historical sites, palaces, fortresses, and the Bosphorus bridges, becoming fully enchanted by the scenery. Witness famous sights of Istanbul from the historical waterway and cruise along the famous Bosphorus, which separates Europe and Asia.

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Istanbul: 2-Day Historical Tour to Gallipoli and Troy

5. Istanbul: 2-Day Historical Tour to Gallipoli and Troy

Journey through some of the most momentous events in history - separated by centuries - on a 2-day tour of southwest Turkey. Visit the battlefields and war memorials of the ill-fated Anzac Campaign from World War I at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles, and then go to the historic city of Troy, site of the Trojan War and legends of Helen and Paris. Your overnight accommodation will be in the coastal town of Eceabat on a peninsula of the Aegean Sea, and the nearest town to the Gallipoli battlefields. Day 1: Istanbul - Gallipoli Meet for the 7:30 AM bus transfer to Eceabat, with a scheduled arrival at approximately 12:30 PM. Then, start your tour of the Gallipoli war museums, monuments and battlefields, traveling through the dark days of World War I at the Kabatepe War Museum in the Gallipoli Historic National Park. Learn about some of the defining moments of the ill-fated Anzac campaign by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Continue to Beach Cemetery, site of John Simpson´s Grave, one of the best known of the ANZAC soldiers. Discover where the Australian and New Zealand troops set up base at Anzac Cove. Go to Ari Burnu, the 1st landing site of the ANZAC troops. Pay your respects to the fallen Australian soldiers at the Lone Pine Cemetery memorial, and continue to Johnston´s Jolly to walk in the trenches dug by the ANZAC troops. Take in the views of Shrapnel Valley and its Judas tree, before going to the Turkish Memorial to the many Turkish soldiers that lost their lives in the campaign. Next, visit The Nek on the Anzac battlefields. Continue to the small cemetery of Walker´s Ridge near Suvla Bay. Finally, pay your respects to the fallen soldiers of the New Zealand troops at Chunuk Bair. Transfer to your hotel in Eceabat for an evening at leisure. Day 2: Troy Following breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Troy at 8:00 AM. Explore the myths and legends behind the ancient city and Trojan War, including some of its principal players, such as Helen, Menelaus, Zeus and Paris. See the replica of the famous Trojan Horse (used in the Hollywood blockbuster "Troy") at the entrance to the archaeological site, before exploring the remains behind the city walls, including landmark monuments such as the Temple of Athena and the Scaean Gate. Learn where the Trojan Horse was taken at one of the Gates of Troy, and more. The tour of Troy ends at around 11:30 AM. You will then be transferred to the bus station to catch the 1:00 PM bus to İstanbul. Feel free to use the free shuttle to Sultanahmet Square on arrival in Istanbul.

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Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Admission and Bosphorus Cruise

6. Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Admission and Bosphorus Cruise

All trips to Istanbul should include a visit to the most famous Christian church in the world, the Hagia Sophia, located in the old town in front of the Sultanahmet Square. Combine this experience with a river cruise on the Bosphorus. From the boat, admire the city's most historic buildings and almost all seven hills. At the entrance of Hürrem Sultan Hamam, meet a local host who will take you through a fast-track line to enter the site, followed by a short security check. Once inside, explore the gardens and admire the monumental architecture of the building which was reinforced during the Ottoman Era. Enter the building through the main gate and marvel at the frescoes in the first hall. Check out the second floor to see the original frescoes of the Orthodox church and even a mark made from a viking intruder on the wall. Begin either with the cruise or from the Hagia Sophia. Your local host will help you get oriented and advise you of the best time to visit both attractions so as to avoid long lines. You may use the same voucher for both experiences, even on two consecutive days. Please note that you can easily walk from the meeting point to the pier.  The cruise lasts a bit less than two hours and takes you along the Bosphorus and inside the Golden Horn. While on the boat, take photos of the whole city and admire important monuments and mosques from a distance. The boat will return to its departure point and then you are free to walk back to the old town center.

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Istanbul: Guided Sightseeing Tour With Lunch

7. Istanbul: Guided Sightseeing Tour With Lunch

Experience the perfect immersion to the wonderful history and culture of Istanbul with this comprehensive sightseeing tour of the busy city. In the morning, get picked up at your hotel by an air-conditioned vehicle, then immediately head off to the Blue Mosque, which is also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and check out the blue tiles of the interior that gave the mosque its current name. Next, spend some time shopping for memorable souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets, before you rest and recharge with a delicious lunch at an authentic Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon, explore famous sites that were preserved from the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and learn fascinating facts and stories from your English-speaking guide. Stop by the Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world, along with the Tombs of the Sultans in Hagia Sofia. See several small buildings that look like miniature mosques and contain lavishly decorated tombs of five different sultans and their extended families. Next, cross the busy Galata Bridge, which has restaurants and cafes underneath it open all day and night, to get to the Golden Horn, a magnificent inlet bordered by city's domes and mosques. Finally, stop at Leander's Tower, one of the most iconic images of Istanbul, before you get dropped off back at your accommodation.

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Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Admission and Bosphorus Cruise

8. Istanbul: Topkapi Palace Admission and Bosphorus Cruise

Visit one of the most famous sites in Istanbul, Topkapi Palace, located in the old town only a few meters from the Hagia Sophia. Combine this visit with a fabulous sea cruise on the Bosphorus Strait. From the boat you will be able to admire most historical buildings and almost all 7 hills of the eternal city. Meet a local host at the Topkapi Palace who will take you through a fast-track line to enter the site, after a short security check. Explore the gardens and admire the massive walls that secluded the Sultan from the outer world. Enter the different gardens through 3 consecutive gates and admire the Arabic architecture. Inside the buildings, see the mosque, the meeting point for the government officials and the Sultan, as well as some private rooms. After you visit the beautiful Topkapi Palace, make your way to the pier for your Bosphorus cruise. Enjoy a relaxing journey which takes you along the strait and inside the Golden Horn. While on the boat, take photos of the whole city and admire important monuments and mosques from a distance. The boat will return at the same point and then you are free to walk back to the old town center.

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Gallipoli Full-Day Tour with Lunch from Istanbul

9. Gallipoli Full-Day Tour with Lunch from Istanbul

Travel back to the dark days of World War I and learn about the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915, when western Allies launched a massive attack on the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula, leading to the loss of thousands of lives. Following a transfer from your hotel in Istanbul, journey across the Dardanelles to Eceabat on the eastern shore of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Visit the Kabatepe War Museum inside the Gallipoli Historic National Park to learn about the defining moments of the campaign and the involvement of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). Continue to Beach Cemetery, site of John Simpson´s Grave, one of the best known of the Anzac soldiers. Then, go to Anzac Cove where the Australian and New Zealand troops set up base during the campaign. See the 1st Anzac landing site at Ari Burnu, and pay your respects to fallen Australian soldiers at Lone Pine Cemetery. See some of the original trenches at Johnston´s Jolly, where unidentified soldiers were buried after the Armistice. Soak up the views of Shrapnel Valley and its Judas tree. Then, go to the Turkish Memorial to remember the many Turkish soldiers that also lost their lives. Continue to The Nek on the Anzac battlefields, and go to Walker´s Ridge, a small cemetery located near Suvla Bay. Finally, pay your respects to the fallen New Zealand soldiers at Chunuk Bair, the main memorial for New Zealand’s Anzac troops, before your return transfer to Istanbul.

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Istanbul: Old Town Highlights Tour & Bosphorus Cruise

10. Istanbul: Old Town Highlights Tour & Bosphorus Cruise

Begin your 8-hour tour at Hagia Sophia, in the heart of old Istanbul. Known for its mosaics, Its massive dome dominates the Sultanahmet skyline. Visit the Blue Mosque, named after the exquisite tiles in its interior. It is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets, silk, jewelry, icons, and leather goods. Indulge in some shopping before enjoying your lunch at a rooftop restaurant with Bosphorus views. After visiting the Spice Bazaar, explore the Golden Horn and take a Bosporus tour on a private boat. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway.

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What people are saying about Golden Horn

We really enjoyed our trip together with Ahmet, our tour guide. He is very knowledgeable of the sites and the history behind these sites. I personally became really interested about the Ottoman empire because of his stories. He also recommended a nice place to eat - the food is very delicious. This activity is highly recommended :).

Pass is definitely worth it. We often had questions about the exact meeting points and received an immediate answer via WhatsApp. We were sent screenshots and rebookings were made for us immediately. Everything went smoothly. We can only recommend Get your Guide.

MR. Shaban the tour guide was very knowledgeable and made our experience very enjoyable with his story telling . He is professional , punctual, courteous and most importantly very passionate about Istanbul and it’s history.

Fantastic day with Çağlar in Italian. Tour at Aya Sofia and Sulejmani mosque with interesting explanations and anecdotes. Saw the Grand Bazaar It helped us a lot to orient ourselves and what to do in Istanbul. Optimal!

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