Istanbul gold combo day tour with Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and private boat cruise
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Istanbul gold combo day tour with Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and private boat cruise

Free cancellation
Language: English , French , Spanish , German
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 8 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Discover the Sultan Ahmet Center, the heart of the Old City
  • Relax aboard a private boat cruise on the Bosphorus
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Grand Covered Bazaar
What to expect

Want to see Istanbul in a day? Then this tour is perfect for you. Start by experiencing one of the most beautiful sights in the world, touring Sultan Ahmet Center, the heart of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. After disembarking, enter the Hagia Sophia, the Church of the Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.

Opposite this magnificent building you'll see the Blue Mosque, world-famous for its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. You'll then head to the Hippodrome, center of sporting events, like chariot races and athletics, and political activities of the old city. See the Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II decorating the Hippodrome.

Next you'll visit the world's biggest souk, the Grand Covered Bazaar, with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs before resting your tired legs at a Turkish restaurant for a spot of lunch. Let your food settle as you sit back and relax on your Bosphorus Cruise enjoying the photogenic straits of both Europe and Asia.

Once off the boat you will get on your bus and see the Golden Horn, the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbor of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. Pass the residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other multi-cultural areas before passing Balat to see the Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, the Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and the 22 kilometer-long Byzantine City Walls. Finish your tour by taking the cable car to Pierre Loti Coffee House for a well deserved cup of something warm.

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What's included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (from central hotels)
  • Donations to the Mosques
  • Multilingual guide
  • Transportation in air conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch
What's not included
  • Drinks at lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
Reduced price
  • Children (age 3-5)
Where

Gümüşsuyu, Gümüşsuyu Mahallesi, Osmanlı Sk. 1/B, 34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

Meeting point:

This tour includes hotel pick-up (from centrally located hotels). Meet your guide at the agreed-upon location - you will be asked to confirm the pick-up location and time directly with the local operator.

If pick-up is not available from your hotel please meet your tour in front of The Marmara Hotel at Taksim Square.

What to remember
  • This tour includes hotel pick-up (only available from centrally located hotels). You will receive instructions for arranging your pick-up on the voucher after booking
  • If you are not eligible for hotel pick-up you can meet your guide at the central meeting location
  • Blue Mosque will only be visited from outside on Friday mornings until 1.00pm because of noon-prayer
  • Maximum of 10 people per tour group
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When
  • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
  • Guests with pick-up should be ready 10 minutes prior to tours departure time
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Provider
Plan Tours & Gray Line Turkey
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the experience begins.

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