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Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar & Topkapi Palace Full-Day Tour

by Travelium
per adult Price is £46
Duration: 9h 45m Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels

Highlights

  • Opulent halls, gardens & regal rooms of Topkapi Palace

  • Majestic domes of the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia basilica

  • Dazzling tilework of the Blue Mosque & Sultan Tombs

  • Thrilling shopping experience at the bustling Grand Bazaar

  • Expert commentary from your knowledgeable local guide

Highlights

  • Opulent halls, gardens & regal rooms of Topkapi Palace

  • Majestic domes of the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia basilica

  • Dazzling tilework of the Blue Mosque & Sultan Tombs

  • Thrilling shopping experience at the bustling Grand Bazaar

  • Expert commentary from your knowledgeable local guide

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7:45 AM, Tour in English, includes Food Only

Duration 9h 45m

Live Commentary in English.

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Total price is £45.46, taxes included

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Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar & Topkapi Palace Full-Day Tour

Activity Location

Multiple Locations Visited

Istanbul

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Hotel Pickup

    Istanbul


Description

Witness the classic sites of heritage and history that abound in Istanbul on your full-day tour. Visit architectural masterpieces, marvel at awe-inspiring, Byzantine-era tileworks, and see the imperial treasures of Ottoman sultans. Along the way, experience the customs of at a bustling bazaar.

Your tour starts with a brief stop at the Hippodrome, once the sporting and social centre of the Roman capital of Constantinople and still home to a few remaining obelisks. Continue on to the Byzantine basilica, Hagia Sophia, where 30 million gold tesserae (tiny mosaic tiles) create stunning mosaics and and the great calligraphic panes line the interior.

Put your haggling skills to the test and find a bargain at the Grand Bazaar, or simply observe the trade of diamonds, perfume, food, and rugs, before moving on to the Sultan Ahmet-inspired masterpiece—The Blue Mosque. Admire the mosque's finely decorated Ottoman tiles and stained-glass windows and learn about the lives of pasty royalty at the solemn Tomb of Sultan Ahmet.

After lunch, meander through the regal rooms of the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. See the imperial treasury and its collection of Chinese porcelain, costumes, and weaponry, and complete your day with a visit to the Tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. Each of the five tombs actually houses the sultan as well as his family. Each architecture has different decorations, including works by Mimar Sinan. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower figures.


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace

  • Admission fees

  • Lunch

  • Roundtrip transport to and from your Istanbul hotel

  • Live tour commentary provided in English


Exclusions

  • Entry to the Harem section of Topkapi Palace

  • Drinks


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday. You will visit the 6th-century Basilica Cistern instead.

  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday and The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.

  • Hotel pick-up is available from most centrally located Istanbul hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel foyer 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.


Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar & Topkapi Palace Full-Day Tour ratings based on 65 verified reviews

Expedia-verified reviews

3.7 out of 5

5/5 28 Jul 2019

A great tour of the main sites to visit in Istanbul. Knowledgeable guide, everything well organised, lunch a bit disappointing. Recommended.

Ivana U

Czech Republic

5/5 11 Jul 2019

This is the single mosque not to miss. The convetgence of Christianity and Islam can literally be seen here. The symbols the history and the glory are a gift to the soul.

3/5 15 Jun 2019

It should be advertised as a walking tour because the sites are close to one another but you’re walking all day.