Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Visits

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The most famous mosque in Istanbul
The most famous mosque in Istanbul
Beautiful details - Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Visits
Beautiful details - Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Visits
Beautiful details - Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Visits
Beautiful details - Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Visits
Beautiful details - Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Visits
Beautiful details - Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Visits
Beautiful details - Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Visits
Beautiful details - Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Visits
Blue Mosque, an art masterpiece of Istanbul, Turkey
Blue Mosque, an art masterpiece of Istanbul, Turkey
The Blue Mosque, (Sultanahmet Camii), Istanbul, Turkey.
The Blue Mosque, (Sultanahmet Camii), Istanbul, Turkey.
Beautiful details - Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Visits
Beautiful details - Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar Visits
Play of colors at the Spices Grand Bazaar  in Istanbul
Play of colors at the Spices Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
Interesting finds at the Spice bazaar shops in Istanbul, Turkey
Interesting finds at the Spice bazaar shops in Istanbul, Turkey
Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey
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What To Expect

Discover the unlimited offerings of Istanbul on your tour of some of its most popular hot spots! Learn about each attraction you visit from a knowledgeable English-speaking tour guide! Enjoy a mouthwatering buffet of Turkish kebab meats, hummus, borek pastries, and many more! See the city in another perspective on a gentle cruise down the Bosphorus River.

Highlights

  • Experience Istanbul's incredible hot spots together with a fun tour guide!

  • Enjoy a tour around the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, and many more!

  • Delight your taste buds in a buffet-style Turkish lunch!

  • Take a wonderful cruise down the Bosphorus River

  • Cruise down the majestic Bosphorus River

Specifications

Type:
Tours around Istanbul
Departs From:
Istanbul
Meeting Point:
Blue Mosque entrance gate
Duration:
8 hours and 30 minutes
Availability:
Tuesday and Saturday at 8:30 AM
Product Code:
14573
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Print voucher. You will not have access to the tour without this voucher.
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Description

See Istanbul as you never have before on a tour of some of its urban highlights! Get to know the culture and history hidden beneath every attraction you visit from your witty guide!

Begin the tour by meeting with your tour guide at the Blue Mosque. Once the mosque has opened, take a tour inside as your guide teaches you about its history and architecture. As you admire the beautiful structures around you, get to know where its name was coined from. Commissioned by Sultan Ahmed I when he was 19, this mosque was completed after seven years of construction. The sultan had wished to build a mosque that would look even better than the Hagia Sophia.

Next, skip the long queues and head over to the Hagia Sophia, a mosque that had once been a Greek Orthodox basilica and a mosque. Be astounded by this mosque's surprising gold-laden interior. See the Hagia Sophia's dome which measures almost as large as the dome of the Pantheon in Rome. Ask questions from your guide as he explains to you the history of how this 1,400-year-old structure became as it is today.

Come to the Basilica Cistern, a fine structure built in the 6th century and is one of the several hundred cisterns that can be found beneath Istanbul. Also known as the "Sunken Palace", the basilica cisterns provided the locals with fresh water and sometimes fish straight from their cellars. These cisterns were held up by old temple pillars that had been taken from destructed ancient temples.

Enjoy a buffet-style lunch a Turkish restaurant where you will be served with Turkish kebab meats (lamb, beef, chicken), rice, salad, sauces, borek pastries and hummus.

Walk over to the Grand Bazaar which is considered one of the largest covered markets throughout the world. Complete with over 5,000 shops in 60 streets, this bazaar deserves to be called the ultimate shopping hub in Istanbul. See and shop for Turkey's jewelry, fashion items, ceramics, carpets and various types of products as you go along. Take a detour to a flight of stairs that will take you to see sweeping views of the Bosphorus River and the entirety of the city. Then, visit the Spice Bazaar and discover the city's traditional spices that have been available since the beginning of it history.

Take an exciting cruise down the Bosphorus River which separates Asia and Europe. Your group may be combined with 15 other people and their guide, but those are all the people you'll be seeing as you board the private boat. Go sightseeing as you explore Istanbul in yet another great perspective.

After the cruise, we'll make it uphill towards the Galata Tower for an exterior view. We will enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire city and the Galata Tower from a nearby rooftop café, where you are welcome to stay at the end of the tour to enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee or a beer.

Inclusions

  • Blue Mosque tour

  • Hagia Sophia visit

  • Turkish buffet lunch at a Turkish restaurant

  • Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar tour

  • Access to a special rooftop near the bazaar

  • Bosphorus cruise on a private boat

  • Local fish and stock market visit

  • Galata Tower exterior visit

  • Turkish cafe visit

  • Tickets and reservations to all attractions

  • Expert English-speaking guide

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children 3 years old and below are free of charge.

  • Before booking, please advise for any dietary restrictions, food allergies, and other special requirements.

  • This tour requires walking down and up steep hills. For this reason, guests with mobility impairments or strollers are not advised to participate.

  • The Blue Mosque is subject to unforeseen closures during celebration/festivities. These closures are generally only announced a few days prior. If this occurs during your visit, we will spend more time at other sites. Your guide will still give you full information on the Mosque should you wish to visit this on your own at a later occasion. We are unable to provide refunds or discounts.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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