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Our guide Humut, the best !! He explains everything to us in our language, and he has a lot of knowledge about Turkey, the tour is incredible
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AFTERNOON ESSENTIAL ISTANBUL

Half Day - 4 hours
Free Cancellation

Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar.

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Guaranteed daily departures in the afternoon all year round.

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What is included in this tour

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from your hotel or the closest one.
  • Licensed English-speaking tour guide.
  • Transport by luxury A/C bus
  • Entrance fees to all the archaeological sites as per description.

Not included & Optionals

  • Gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Book here for the same full-day tour with lunch and skip-the-line Topkapi Palace.
  • Book here for the same tour in the morning.
  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

Hotel pickup

The tour includes pick-up and drop off from/to the majority of the hotels in Istanbul. Upon reservation, we will advise you about the pick up time from your hotel or the closest pickup point.

Approximate duration and dates

This tour is available every day of the year except for local and religious festivities and lasts approximately 4 hrs.

Please note that the tour ends in the Sultanahmet area

When to book?

We recommend booking as early as possible in order to ensure availability.

Payment Method

Reservations can only be paid by credit card via our website.

Cancellations

Full refund for cancellations at least 48 hours in advance. For cancellations or modifications later than 48 hours prior to departure, 100% of the total cost will be applied as cancellation fees.

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Once the reservation is made you will receive an email with your reservation number or receipt. Vouchers are not essential for this tour.

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Excursion Itinerary: Afternoon Essential Istanbul

ESSENTIAL ISTANBUL
ESSENTIAL ISTANBUL

Istanbul, also known as Byzantium and later Constantinople, is the most populous city in Turkey. It is also the historical, cultural and economic center of the country, although not its current capital.

In this tour you will visit some of the most important city attractions and you will witness the mark that numerous empires have left over time, such as the Roman, the Eastern Roman, the Latin and  the Ottoman. In the morning,  you will begin your tour, accompanied by an official English-speaking guide, who will bring to life the historical and cultural heritage of the city as well as offer a commentary about the current affairs. During the tour you are free to ask your questions so that you gain a better understanding of the different sights. Together with your guide you will visit "Hagia Sophía", an Orthodox Patriarchal Basilica later converted into a mosque and now open to the public. Hagia Sophia is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture and for almost a thousand years it was the largest cathedral in the world.

You will continue to the Roman Hippodrome, the sports and social center of the Byzantine empire and which, in the 5th century, was the largest in the world. At the hippodrome, your guide will explain about all the attractions that make up the complex, such as the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Obelisk of Constantine and more current ones such as the German fountain

You will head to the Sultan Ahmet Camii Mosque, or "Blue Mosque" because of the blue or light blue color of the decorative tiles that predominate in its interior. It has a capacity of up to 10,000 faithful. Before entering your guide will explain the protocol that is to be followed by both men and women as well as the significance of the numerous minarets, or towers you can see.

Your next stop will be the Grand Bazaar: since the 5th century it has been the largest in the city and one of the largest in the world. You will have free time to explore this amazing site, with its 58 lanes and more than 4000 shops. It will be a great opportunity to look for a good bargain and at the same time try your bargaining skills.

Greca Tip: Alternatively, you can opt for a full day city tour including lunch and a visit to Topkapi Palace.

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