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Istanbul: Full-Day Small Group City Highlights Tour

1. Istanbul: Full-Day Small Group City Highlights Tour

Get to know some of the best sights of Instanbul with a local guide on this trip to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Square, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy included pickup and drop-off and skip-the-line entry privileges. Start your day with pickup from your hotel, then hop in an air-conditioned vehicle and set off on your journey to see Istanbul’s greatest landmarks. First, head to Hagia Sophia, meaning divine wisdom. The Hagia Sophia was used as a church for 916 years and as a mosque for 481 years. In 1934, by the order of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, it was converted into a museum and has since been open to visitors. Next, visit Topkapi Palace and enter inside. As well as being the imperial residence of the Sultan, this palace was also the seat of government for the ottoman empire. In 1924 it was converted into a museum. Today, it's famous for its harem, royal treasury, and holy relics sections. Continue to Hippodrome of Constantinople (Sultanahmet Square), built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203 A.D. During the Roman period, this square was the civil center for the people of the city where once 100,000 spectators could be held. Located in the heart of Sultanahmet surrounded by the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, today Hippodrome is home to the Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilitaş), the Serpentine Column (Burma Sütun), the Constantine Column, and the German Fountain. Next up on the itinerary is the Blue Mosque. This mosque was built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in the year 1616 and is located opposite the Hagia Sophia. Today, the Blue Mosque is one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets, dome, and blue tiles decorating the interior walls. Visit the Grand Bazaar. Featuring 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops, the Grand Bazaar is one of the greatest bazaars in the world. Stroll through the unique shops and experience the atmosphere of everyday local life. At the end of the tour, sit back and relax as you're driven back to your pickup location.

Istanbul: Full-Day Guided Tour

2. Istanbul: Full-Day Guided Tour

Istanbul straddles East and West, enticing your senses and expanding your perceptions of the world around you. Todays full day tour will give you a glimpse at some of Istanbul's incredible sites and sounds and leave you with a deeper understanding of this rich land. Begin your day at one of Istanbul's greatest architectural masterpieces - the Hagia Sophia. This 6th century basilica will stun you with its towering minarets and beautiful handcrafted mosaics. It is called, by some, the 8th wonder of the world and you'll soon see why. Soon after your visit to Hagia Sophia, head across the street to the Blue Mosque. One of the most famous monuments in all of Turkey, the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque) is a monument to the Ottoman empire and its builders. It gets its name from the more than 20,000 Iznik blue tiles that adorn its facade and interior and its history will impress you as you receive a tour. Then step back in time a bit to the Hippodrome. Here, imagine what life might have been like as locals traveled to see the chariot races at this famous sports arena. The area dates back to Egyptian times and there are still relics of the past dotted around this incredible area. With so much history, it's time to take a little shopping break. Head to the Grand Bazaar, where you'll have the chance to barter on everything from fine leather goods, to spices and plenty of sweets to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are nearly 4000 stalls here, so you're sure to find something for yourself.  After lunch visit the recently discovered and restored Şerefiye Cistern, which was built by Roman Emperor Theodosius II between 428 and 443 to store water supplied by the Valens Aqueduct (Roman Period Water Reservoir). Your tour ends here.

From Istanbul: 10-Day Small Group Tour of Turkey

3. From Istanbul: 10-Day Small Group Tour of Turkey

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer from the airport to Evsen Hotel. The next day, you will have a tour of the old city of Istanbul including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul at Evsen Hotel. On day 3, embark on a Bosphorus boat trip and see the city walls, Dolmabahce Palace or Chora Church and tour the Spice Market. After your tour, you will transfer back to the airport and fly to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir and transfer from your airport to a hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Ilayda Avantgarde. Visit Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House and the Temple of Artemis. Overnight in Kusadasi Ilayda Avantgarde. On day 5, tour Pamukkale and Hierapolis with an overnight stay at the same location. The next day, tour the Pergamon and Asklepion or Priene, Miletos and Didyma.  Transfer to Izmir Airport and fly to Cappadocia. Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer from the airport to your hotel and overnight stay in Elysee Cave House. Your tour of Cappadocia over the span of 2-days will include the following sights: Dervent Valley, Pasabag, Avanos, Göreme Open Air Museum, Derinkuyu Underground City, Pigeon Valley, Ihlara Valley and Selime Monastry. After the tour, transfer to the airport to fly to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer from the airport to your hotel with an overnight stay at Evsen Hotel. Finally, transfer the to airport for your return flight.

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: Walking Group Tour

5. Istanbul: Walking Group Tour

Your Tour guide will meet you at Istanbul Cruise Terminal or Your hotel lobby with a sign written “ Ephesus Shuttle “ on it at pre-arranged time. ( Meeting time will be given in your confirmation message ) Our tour starts with Hippodrome Square where used to take place for chariot races and the Byzantine riots during Roman & Byzantine period. Only a short walk away, reaches Hagia Sophia built in 532 AD by Roman Emperor Justinian I. and Blue Mosque, has its fame from its beautiful blue Iznik tiles. We will continue walking to Topkapi Palace, was not only the residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational center of the state. It was constructed between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople. We will visit the Topkapi Palace including treasury, weapons section. After 1 hour free time for lunch. After lunch, We will visit Grand Bazaar where is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 1,200 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Drive back to Istanbul Cruise Terminal or to your hotel. The end of our services.

Byzantine & Ottoman Istanbul Full-Day Shore Excursion

6. Byzantine & Ottoman Istanbul Full-Day Shore Excursion

Discover Turkey’s largest and most important city - and the only city in the world to straddle 2 continents - on a full-day shore excursion of Istanbul’s iconic Ottoman and Byzantine highlights. Visit the Blue Mosque, the historic Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, and the lively Grand Bazaar. Your private guide will meet you at the cruise ship terminal and transfer you by air-conditioned vehicle to the Hippodrome, former center of all sports and political activities in Constantinople. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain of Willhelm II. Continue to the exquisite Blue Mosque. One of the largest mosques in Istanbul, the 17th-century architecture is one of the principal adornments of Istanbul's skyline and most notable for its blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets. Visit Topkapi Palace, former imperial residence, from where the Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today it’s a spectacular museum, with one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, as well as the famous treasury of the Royal Family. Go to the church of St. Sophia, also known as the Hagia Sophia, and admire the magnificent Byzantine architecture. End at the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. It has been in continuous operation since the 15th-century and is a haven for picking up souvenir gifts of carpets, antiques, trinkets, and bowls of nazar evil eye amulets. Return to your cruise ship in time for your evening activities, or ship’s departure.

Turkey: 7-Nights Tour of 5 Cities Starting from Istanbul

7. Turkey: 7-Nights Tour of 5 Cities Starting from Istanbul

Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul Welcome to Turkey! Upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport and/or Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport, you will be assisted with your luggage and transferred in a private vehicle to your Hotel. Stay overnight and get an evening of rest before your adventure starts in the morning. Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Tour  Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Your journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. For the duration of the day, you will sightsee through some of this fascinating and ancient city's most significant landmarks. Marvel at the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. In the afternoon you will visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping before enjoying an overnight stay in Istanbul at your hotel.  Day 3: Istanbul to Cappadocia by flight & Cappadocia Tour Start your day bright and early at your hotel with a transfer service to Istanbul airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival at Cappadocia you will meet with your guide. After a short meet and greet with your friendly guide/driver you will commence your sightseeing. Visit places like Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup and the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and the deepest craters out of 200 others in Cappadocia. After your tour of these monumental places, you will be transferred to your hotel where you will enjoy an evening of rest. Day 4: Full-Day Cappadocia Tour Start your morning with a view of the lunar landscape of Cappadocia - rock formations beyond belief in the Devrent Valley. Whilst making your way through this magical place, witness its troglodyte houses and visit the fairy chimneys where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve. Stop in Avanos for a delicious lunch and the chance to marvel at some of the terracotta artwork it is famous for. Whilst here you will get to stop by a traditional pottery workshop.  In the afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th-century). Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. After the tour program transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay in Cappadocia. Day 5: Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale Start your day with a bright and early departure for Pamukkale. On the way, you will visit the 13th-century masterpiece, Sultanhan Caravanserai before arriving in Konya. After your visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic, enjoy a scenic drive to Pamukkale and spend an overnight stay in a Thermal Hotel where you can relax and go for a refreshing swim. Day 6: Pamukkale – Kusadasi In the morning, go on a visit to the ancient Hierapolis and marvel at the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, and graveyard. You will then enjoy a relaxing, scenic drive to Kusadasi where you will enjoy an overnight stay. Day 7: Kusadasi – Ephesus – Istanbul by flight Start your day with a visit to Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue on to Ephesus and walk through history along marble streets lined with fascinating landmarks such as the The State Agora, Odeon, Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, Polio Fountain, Curetes Street, The Trajan Fountain, The Baths of Scholastica, Hadrian Temple, Latrina, Celcus Library, the gate of Mihridates and Mazues, Commercial Agora and The Grand Theater - two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. After your trip to Ephesus, you will drive to Izmir airport for a flight back to Istanbul. Arrive back in Istanbul where you will be met by a guide who will transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay.  Day 8: Home After your delicious breakfast, check out from your hotel and relax in a private transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight back home.

Istanbul Cruise Port: Visit the City Highlights Driving Tour

8. 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

9. 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: Half Day Morning Walking Tour

10. Istanbul: Half Day Morning Walking Tour

Visit Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. St.Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. It is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and in to a museum by Atataürk in 1935. Explore the Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. The last great imperial mosque of the classical period, its name comes from the 20,000 marvelous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls. Discover the Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome. You will also see one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, The Grand Bazaar.

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What people are saying about Grand Bazaar

Maravillosa experiencia. Optima organizacion of the tour. With a well-prepared guide y sin prisas en la visit. 100% recomendable.

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

100/10 would recommend!! truly a great experience with a knowledgeable, funny guide.

The super dear guide !! We met the most tourist in Istanbul! super recommended

Mehmet is very knowledgeable and he is literally a history encyclopedia!!!