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Best of Istanbul in 1 Day

1. Best of Istanbul in 1 Day

You will start at the old Hippodrome of Constantinople which was the sports and social center of the old city. Discover major works of art including the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain of Willhelm II, constructed by the Germans. From there, continue to the Blue Mosque, whose six minarets are a key fixture of Istanbul’s skyline. Next, head for the Topkapi Palace, which was home to the Ottoman emperors between the 15th and 19th centuries. Marvel at the jewel-stuffed treasury and priceless displays of Oriental porcelain. Move on to the Hagia Sophia Mosque. Behold the dome and stunning Byzantine mosaics of this architectural gem as your guide recounts its turbulent history. Then visit the Grand Bazaar with over 3,000 shops selling everything from carpets to jewelry to ceramics and leather goods. Also stroll around the Spice Bazaar with its incredible smell from almost every spice imaginable, as well as dried fruits and nuts, sweets and the ubiquitous Turkish Delight.

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Grand Bazaar Tour

2. Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Grand Bazaar Tour

Like most visitors to Istanbul, especially first-time visitors; you will want to see and photograph the Blue Mosque. Complete with its 6 minarets and ornate glass windows, this site is a must when visiting Istanbul. Following that, you will travel next door to the Hagia Sophia Museum. A magnificent Byzantine Church, it is one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world.  After the Hagia, you'll find your way to the entrance of the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world. In addition to its historical importance, it's a bazaar that will tempt even those without an interest in shopping with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather, and souvenirs.

Istanbul: Best of the City Private Full-Day Walking Tour

3. Istanbul: Best of the City Private Full-Day Walking Tour

This private experience is the perfect introduction to Istanbul for first-time visitors. Enjoy a guided full-day tour to discover the best of the city. The tour can be fully customized to suit your needs, simply tell your guide what interests you the most.  Visit the historic Hippodrome, the exquisite Blue Mosque and the iconic Hagia Sophia. Experience the lavish lifestyles of the Ottoman Sultans with a tour of Topkapi Palace, or browse the colorful stalls of the Grand Bazaar. The choice is yours. Benefit from pickup and drop-off at your centrally-located hotel. With your private guide you’ll enjoy priority entrance to all the sights, so standing you won’t waste time standing in queues.

Istanbul: Small Group Skip-the-Line Luxury Day Tour

4. Istanbul: Small Group Skip-the-Line Luxury Day Tour

Discover the only city in the world on 2 continents - where east meets west - on a full-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul by luxury minibus. Following a pick-up from your hotel or cruise ship, visit the Hippodrome to explore the former center of sport and political activities in Constantinople. Marvel at the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, and fountain of Wilhelm II. Continue to the iconic Blue Mosque, known for its glorious blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets. Admire the former imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace, and learn how the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today, the palace is a spectacular museum, with one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, along with the famous treasury of the Royal Family. Next, go to the Hagia Sophia, a magnificent Byzantine Church that is considered one of the finest architectural works of art in the world. Stroll the alleys and warrens of the Grand Bazaar, and interact with the vendors selling their rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather, and souvenirs. Transfer back to your hotel or cruise ship for the end of the tour services.

Istanbul: 5-Day Guided Museum Pass

5. Istanbul: 5-Day Guided Museum Pass

Enjoy a pass that will take the hassle out of visiting all the must-see sights of Istanbul. This 5-day pass will grant you skip the line access to the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Dolmabahçe Palace, Hagia Irene, and Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum. As you sightsee through these culturally and historically significant locations your pass will also ensure your very own English speaking guide, maximizing your visit to all of these spectacular places.  Experience Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for the Byzantine and the Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, find out why the Hagia Sophia has always been a precious building.  Discover the Topkapi Palace and how it was built between 1466 - 1478 and served for over 400-years as the residency and administrative headquarter of the Ottoman Sultans.  Visit the Basilica Cistern, built in the 4th-century and enlarged in 532 AD, used as water storage during Byzantine times. Listen to your guide as they explain the mystery of the Medusa heads from Greek mythology. Enjoy a totally unique art experience with a ticket and guided tour package of the Ibrahim Paşa Palace. This unique building, currently housing the largest selection of Turkish and Islamic artworks is a stone structure just as beautiful as the artwork it houses. During your guided tour of the Museum, you will have access to the building's ceremony room and second court, where the collections are held. Visit the second largest church of the Eastern Roman Empire, following Hagia Sophia located in the outer courtyard of Topkapı Palace with your experienced guide. It ranks as the first church completed in Constantinople, before Hagia Sophia. Your 5-day pass allows you to visit these sites on the following schedule: Monday: 10:00 AM - Hagia Sophia (60 mins) (B) 11:30 AM - Topkapı Palace and Hagia Irene (75 mins) (T) 2:30 PM - Blue Mosque (20 mins) (B) 3:30 PM - Hagia Sophia (60 mins) (B) 4:45 PM - Grand Bazaar (30 mins) (B) Tuesday: 9:00 AM- Hagia Sophia (60 mins) (B) 10:15 AM - Hagia Sophia (60 mins) (B) 11:30 AM - Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (45 mins) (B) 2:00 PM- Blue Mosque (20 mins) (B) 3:30 PM - Dolmabahce Palace (60 mins) (D) Wednesday to Sunday: 9:00 AM - Grand Bazaar (30 mins) (B) 9:00 AM -(Except Sundays) - Blue Mosque (20 mins) (B) 10:00 AM (Except Fridays) Hagia Sophia (60 mins) (B) 10:15 AM, 10:45 AM, 3:30 PM Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irene (75 mins) (T) 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM - Dolmabahce Palace (60 mins) (D) Guided tours begin at the (B) Bigbus Bus Stop in front of the Hagia Sophia Museum, unless otherwise noted. (D) Meeting point for this tour is in front of the door of the clock tower of the Dolmabahçe Palace. (T) The meeting point for this tour is the entrance of the Carpet Museum (Halı Müzesi), outside the Topkapı Palace.

Istanbul: Full-Day Private Highlights Tour

6. Istanbul: Full-Day Private Highlights Tour

Experience the top sights in Istanbul with this private full-day tour. Enter Topkapi Palace, learn about the Hagia Sophia, view the Egyptian and Constantine obelisks, see the Hippodrome and spend some time in the Grand Bazaar. Stroll through the rooms of the Topkapi Palace where there were once harem ladies, eunuchs, pashas, viziers and concubines. See royal dresses, jewels, and porcelain. View the Topkapi dagger, the spoonmaker's diamond, and relics of John the Baptist. Next, head to the Hagia Sophia to learn about how it was built and how it has transformed over the years. Continue to the Hippodrome where Byzantine emperors once enjoyed horse races. See the Egyptian and Constantine obelisks. Drive to the German Fountain to hear about the alliance it represents. Visit the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, to find out why it is called the Blue Mosque. Finally stop at the Grand Bazaar to stroll through a colorful variety of carpets, craftworks, tiles, and crockery.

Istanbul Cruise Port: Visit the City Highlights Driving Tour

7. Istanbul Cruise Port: Visit the City Highlights Driving Tour

Make the most of your time in Istanbul with this driving tour to the city's most popular attractions. Shop for some souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar and learn about the city's history at locations like the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace. Meet your guide at the Galata Port cruise arrival gate. Find your guide easily, as they will be holding a sign with their company logo clearly printed on it. Sit back and relax on the air-conditioned drive to the ancient Hippodrome which was once a public arena for chariot races. Continue to the Blue Mosque, a stunning example of Ottoman architecture. Enter this mosque to view its impressive main dome from the inside. Capture pictures of its iconic exterior to share with friends. Drive to the Topkapi Palace and step inside this home to the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Stroll through the museum in which houses the Muslim world’s holiest relics, including the cloak and sword of the Prophet Mohammed. Stop for break where you can go and purchase a delicious Turkish lunch. Make your way to the 4th-century Hagia Sophia. Explore this museum which was once the Cathedral of Constantinople for over a thousand years before being converted into a mosque in 1453. Finally, travel to the Grand Bazaar, the largest and the oldest covered marketplace in the world. Look through shops with leather, clothing, rugs, antiques, and jewelry. Experience the sights, sounds and aromas of the market. Return to the port in at the end of your tour.

Istanbul Uncovered Small Group Tour

8. Istanbul Uncovered Small Group Tour

Your experience will begin with the ancient Hippodrome, where thousands of spectators were entertained and kept happy by the chariot races. Whilst there you will visit Hagia Sophia,1500 years old temple which witnessed is holy for Christians and Muslims, and you can navigate through the labyrinth of streets and passages that are home to more than 4,000 shops, which is known as the Grand Bazaar. You will soon take a break to experience traditional Turkish tea or coffee and a popular Turkish pastry called borek, all while enjoying the ancient practice of hookah at a favorite local hangout. Following that you'll visit Istanbul’s largest mosque, titled the Suleymaniye Mosque. It is an Ottoman Imperial mosque located on the Third Hill of Istanbul, and is breathtaking due to both its size and interior beauty. From the mosque you will visit a Spice Bazaar which is full of colors and the powerful aromas of exotic spices. Istanbul is a city which has a rich religious history, and is now composed of many different religions. Your next stop will be the Church of St. George, which since the 1600s has been the location of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and is recognized as the spiritual leader of the Eastern Orthodox Religion.

Istanbul: Old Town Highlights Tour & Bosphorus Cruise

9. 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.

Istanbul: Guided Sightseeing Tour With Lunch

10. 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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What people are saying about Grand Bazaar

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 75 reviews

Kenan was helpful, knowledgeable and professional. Nice sense of humor as well, my husband and I had a nice experience overall and felt we were able to squeeze a lot in one day, and Kenan was flexible enough to adapt to our wants and needs… It was amazing how he seems to know the Grand Bazaar like the palm of his hand! I wanted to see fabrics and he took me to three exquisite small stores, had tea with the owners, made me feel like a local, not a tourist. At Topkapi he knew so much about the architecture, the time frames, and very interesting anecdotes and folk legends… and hey I am an Art Historian! Recommend

Absolutely amazing tour! We were taken on a walking tour around the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market. We were also shown traditional Turkish rug artisans at work, which was fascinating. Our guide, Baris was fantastic - he gave the full history and background of each place visited and answered all our questions. Couldn't have asked for a better tour or guide! Cannot recommend enough :)

Wonderful guide, informative, English was perfect and knew his way around the busy old town area.

Amaziiiing! Ensar is the nicest guide ever and always with a smile on his face!

Kaya was an excellent guide. Highly recommended experience!