Guided tour

Istanbul: Highlights of Istanbul- Include Entry Fees&Lunch

4.9 / 5

12 reviews

Activity provider: My Local Guide Istanbul

Istanbul: Highlights of Istanbul- Include Entry Fees&Lunch

Activity provider: My Local Guide Istanbul

From US$ 118.78 per person

Tick most of the top sites of Istanbul in your bucket list with this tour with the accompany of your profesional licensed english speaking guide. All the tickets included and no waiting in the lines.

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Duration 5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Cover Istanbul's most popular sites with the company of a professional licensed guide on a fully guided tour
  • Visit Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Blue Mosque, Orient Express train station, Galata Bridge and Spice Bazaar
  • Hear the stories of the Roman Hippodrome (including Egyptian Obelisk and Serpent Column German Fountain) and Constantine’s Column along the way
  • Marvel the 1500 years under groung Basilica Cistern.
  • Greet the heads of Medusa turned upside down in the water.
Full description
This is a fully guided tour inside the Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Orient Exprés Train Station and Spice Bazaar. Along the way, stop to hear the stories of the Roman Hippodrome (including the Egyptian Obelisk and Serpent Column German Fountain) This tour starts from our meeting point which is located in the heart of Istanbul. Your guide will meet you and you will start with the Hagia sofia which hosted two religions over 1500 years. The tour will follow by Blue mosque which is the most popular mosque in Istanbul. It willl foloow by under ground Basicila Cistern with heads of Medusa turned upside down in the water. After this, the tour wil follow with the walk in Gulhane park which was the back yard of the Topkapı palace. We will follow to look at the station of the famous Orient Express, tasting the Turkish delights, nuts and spices at the Spice Bazaar. Take a break for lunch and enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine in a friendly setting at a non-touristy restaurant where your gourmet guide will choose some memorable food for you.  P.S. Blue mosque is closed due to renovation until the end of March 2023. We will still visit it from outside and it will be substituted with Rustem Paşa mosque.
Includes
  • Professional licensed guide
  • Entrance fees to Basilica Cistern
  • Skip the lines at the sites.
  • Two-course lunch including a variety of mezes
  • Freshly baked pide bread and a main course of assorted kebabs or vegetarian casserole and one non-alcoholic drink per person
  • One soft drink at lunch
  • P.S. On Fridays tour starts at 13:30 ( 1:30 pm ) due to the mosques closed to visitors in the morning for Friday ceremony so the lunch is not including for this specific day.
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide.

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Meeting point

Travel to the Sultanahmet Tram Station. From the tram station walk down the hill on the right side of the road toward to the little mosque Firuz ağa . Take the first right onto the Hippodrome ( square ). You will see the green domed fountain in front of you.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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Interesting tour with lots of information. The tour is long & can be tiring, but we were able to customise our itinerary a little with the guide, who also sorted out a slight case of miscommunication for us as to what was included. The lunch was lovely & the restaurant catered for a variety of dietary preferences.

August 1, 2022

It was worth every penny. We had Salih as our guide. He’s an easy-going interesting guy that gave us a lot of detail about every place we went. If you wanted to see something or buy something he made sure you got what you wanted. I would highly recommend the tour if you are short on time to cover the hot spots and with this guide. Well done!

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December 3, 2019

We had a great experience visiting the most important sites of Istanbul in a day! Our guide Salih had a great way to share a lot of historical information, was open for questions and added a great site to the program. We would really recommend hiring Salih as a guide. We will if we visit Istanbul again.

July 29, 2022

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