in Aya Sofya Meydani, Meydani 21, Sultanahmet, Kalpakçılar Caddesi, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey

Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar


Aya Sofya Meydani, Meydani 21, Sultanahmet, Kalpakçılar Caddesi, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey

36.10 USD

1 - 15

4 hrs


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Tour Information


Overview
  • Enjoy this 4 hours tour with visits to the highlights of the old city. Firstly visit the magnificent Byzantine church of St Sophia. After here continue to Hippodrome, the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople and the Blue Mosque, amazing blue tiles from 16th century. Final visit of the morning is to the Grand Bazaar.

Location
  • Around:
    • Aya Sofya Meydani
    • Meydani 21, Sultanahmet
    • Kalpakçılar Caddesi
    • Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
    • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Pickup: Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up central located hotels. If your hotel is located outside of our city limits, we might need to apply a supplement. Please contact with us before arrival to check your hotel details.


Categories
  • Cultural Tours
  • Historical & Heritage Tours
  • Half-day Tours
  • Bus & Minivan Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 8:30 AM
  • Duration: 4 hrs

Additional
  • Price per person: $36.10
  • Size: 1 - 15 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide

Inclusion
  • Driver/guide.
    Professional guide.
    Hotel pickup and drop-off.
    Transport by vehicle.
    Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Exclusion
  • Lunch.
    Gratuities

Cancellation
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

The Blue Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul. Dating back to the 17th century, this is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul and is also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kapali Carsi, Eminounu Eminounu, Istanbul 34126 Turkey

Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a bazaar that will tempt you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs. During your tour you will also visit a leather or carpet shop.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Hippodrome, Binbirdirek, Sultan Ahmet ParkI No:2, Istanbul Turkey

Hippodrome, the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34122 Turkey

St. Sophia, one of the most magnificent Byzantine churches, and nominated the 8th wonder of the world by many historians.

Duration: 1 hour

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 16 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Dress code is smart casual.
St.Sophia is closed on Mondays. Instead you will visit Underground Cistern. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar.
Hotel pick up & drop off service available Central Located Hotels. ( Taksim, Old City, ). If your hotel in another location, please send message..
Near public transportation.
Infants must sit on laps.
Not recommended for travelers with back problems.
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions.
At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place..
Blue Mosque is closed Friday mornings and our guide will show & introduce from outside.
Most travelers can participate.
This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Reviews

3.9 stars, based on 8 reviews
Mary F
Mary F

If you only have a short time in Istanbul then this tour is great and shows you the majority of the main sights. However the tour guide Jayla (not sure if spelling) left much to be desired. I would recommend that you check the name of your guide before confirming your booking.
There were a range of ages in the whole tour group, which included an elderly couple and one of them couldn’t walk very fast. To cut a long story short they got lost and had to call the company to complain and ask them to find them. There was no apology just ignorance and blamed them for not keeping up and following her umbrella. I am able to walk but her pace was not walking it was very brisk and unnecessary.
At the end of the tour, as we only took part in the day tour, I was asked if I wanted to be dropped off st the hotel and I said yes as that was included in the booked. She then made a comment that it was walkable and was annoyed that I wanted to be dropped off. If I had been given directions we would have happily walked back, however having arrived just the night before to a brand new country how was I supposed to know my bearings?
Then in the bus she proceeded to shout at me as I wasn’t listening to her and she was taking to me. First of all the bus was noisy with everyone talking and I was right at the back, how on earth am I supposed to know she was talking to me?
I am a very calm person and it takes a lot to upset or annoy me but I can say that she succeeded on both counts.
Her attitude was just rude and uncalled for, if a person doesn’t like their job they should change it and not ruin experiences for anyone. Please do not let this put you off the tour itself but please do check on your guide!

03/07/2019
Terrence R
Terrence R

Great guide, very informative and a good introduction to Istanbul. Mini bus pick up from hotel and the drive to the sites included a brief history of the Bosphorus

03/07/2019
Beverley C
Beverley C

Our guide was so knowledgable and articulate, an absolutely perfect introduction to Istanbul. just the right balance of history and modern information.

07/09/2018
Izzy R
Izzy R

We did the half day tour and honestly it was very expensive for what it was. The tour guide knew his stuff which was great but for the price I expected more. You'd be better off looking for a cheaper alternative or just wandering the sights for yourself with a guidebook because you don't really get your money's worth here.

07/05/2018
Jorge R
Jorge R

just an Honest review!
this company doesn't even deserve 1 star. they are very unprofessional. the company in charge of this tour is under the name of Karavan Travel which I will not recommend, you better look for another company.
They need to learn more about how to make business. I was staying in Istanbul for 1 day only and they completely wasted my time.

22/03/2018
COTASONIA
COTASONIA

IT WAS WONDERFUL. WE HAD A GREAT TIME WITH THE REPRESENTATIVE FROM CARAVAN TRAVEL. HALF DAY WAS GREAT FOR A SHORT LAY OVER.

12/10/2017
Gustavo B
Gustavo B

Excellent tour and tour guide. Fantastic introduction to Istanbul.

02/10/2017
Cheuk Y
Cheuk Y

I booked this tour for my 1st day to familiarise with the place and to get the most touristy spots done. Our guide Ozcan spoke excellent English and had impressively vast knowledge about history, current affairs, economics etc (uni lecturer). The time allowed for the tour was too short in my opinion.

23/07/2017
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