A full-day once in a lifetime tour exploring the very best of the great city of Istanbul.
Things to know
Culture Vulture, Family, Friends, History Buffs
You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive
Skip the line entrance tickets to the world-famous Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Topkapi Palace.
Type of tour:
Walking tour - the cost of all public transport is not included between sights. Your guide will help you with this.
Lunch is not included Customisable - simply ask us
Meeting points: At the Egyptian Obelisk in the centre of the Hippodrome of Constantinople
What makes this tour special
With this full-day highlights tour of Istanbul, you will gain a culturally-rich experience of both European and Asian traditions.
Learn about Istanbul's sporting history at the Hippodrome of Constantinople.
Gaze at the exterior of the phenomenal Blue Mosque.
Photograph the Byzantine architecture at Hagia Sophia.
Pause for a traditional Turkish meze lunch (not included in price).
Hear stories of the Ottoman sultans as you wander through The Topkapı Palace.
Descend beneath the city to Basilica Cistern.
Conclude with the colours and scents of Grand Bazaar.
Beauty of Istanbul
In this full-day highlights tour of the great city of Istanbul, you will have the pleasure of visiting some of the most iconic attractions of the city, accompanied by your knowledgeable expert city guide. Starting with the the Hippodrome of Constantinople, once used as an ancient Roman running and chariot racing track, and the epicentre of Byzantine life.
You will then head to the absolutely stunning Blue Mosque, one of the most beautiful buildings in Istanbul, which was the 17th century triumph of Sultan Ahmet I. Look for the mosque's unique undulating exterior, featuring myriad domes and six slender minarets. Gorgeous blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior, giving the building its unique name.
Venturing forth to the Hagia Sophia, commissioned by the Byzantine emperor Justinian, consecrated as a church in 537, converted to a mosque by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453 and finally promoted as a museum by Atatürk in 1935- you will find exquisite artistry of Byzantine architecture and rich history of the region than than this great temple. True Turkish Experience
You will be pleased to pause for a delicious traditional Turkish meze lunch (not included in price), after which you will be immersed in the fascinating history of Topkapi Palace. Extremely opulent, it was once the residence of countless Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th century. Look for the palace's fabulous pavilions, unbelievable Treasury and formal rooms.
You will then venture underground to the awe-inspiring Basilica Cistern, where you will learn about its impressive construction. You may even find two Medusa faces- just don’t stare into their eyes! Finishing off this once-in-a-lifetime tour, you will visit the colourful Grand Bazaar, which was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461. Explore the narrow lanes to watch craftsmen and artists at work, whilst stopping for an obligatory cup of traditional Turkish tea.
Travel Curious Tip: We recommend re-visiting the Blue Mosque in your own time, and going inside. Dress respectfully, as it is a religious place of worship.
We built this tour because a walking highlights tour allows first timers and those short on time to see all the key attractions Istanbul has to offer.
QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.
To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Touriocity, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.
Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to <firstname.lastname@example.org> or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to <email@example.com> or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).