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Istanbul Landmarks Shore Excursion – Grand Bazaar, St. Sophia, Hippodrome Square & Blue Mosque

Duration

4 hours (Approx)

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

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Guide Language

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Overview

We are inviting you to have an unforgettable half day  4-hour to visit the most famous landmarks of Istanbul on a guided tour from port of Istanbul. We will get to explore the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome along with the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and the Fountain of of Wilhelm II. Get ready for an adventure in Istanbul’s old city area and the famous Grand Bazaar, enjoy a delicious lunch and accompanied by a professional tour guide.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the famous landmarks of Istanbul old city such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome
  • Take a traditional shopping tour at the Grand Bazaar
  • Learn about the history of Istanbul from a professional guide
  • Enjoy the private service designed only for you and your loved ones

Itinerary

We will meet you in the port where you will have some waiting time on your cruise vacation. In your limited waiting time, we will take you to the top highlights of Istanbul city on this tour.

The magnificent Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul's main attractions, is our first stop. We will see the awe-inspiring architectural landmark that is the legacy of Byzantium Empire. It is a gem gracing the heart of Istanbul city. Here's a heads-up: Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, so if your trip falls on that day, we will go to Basilica Cistern instead.

We will then head to the Blue Mosque, also known as the mosque with six minarets, after Hagia Sophia. The blue Iznik tiles, tinted windows, and exceptional marble work will fascinate us as we explore the magnificent interiors and exteriors.

We will continue to the Hippodrome Square, where chariot races were held during the Byzantine time. Here we will see the magnificent Serpentine Column and the well-known Egyptian Obelisk. We will learn fascinating anecdotes about Istanbul's history from our professional guide during our tour.

Finally, we will visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest and oldest covered markets. Home to 60 streets that is full of local and traditional shops, Grand Bazaar is the top shopping center to hunt some great souvenirs for our loved ones.
Prepare for the activity
What to bring
It is recommended to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and water for the tour. You may also consider wearing comfortable shoes, as it involves some walking with inclines and steps.

Know before you go
We have planned your tour schedule and timing to coincide with your time spent waiting at the port. We will return you to the port when it iss convenient for you to rejoin your cruise.

You can shop with local currency Turkey is Turkish Lira; however it is also possible to make payment with Euro, British pound and American dollars.

As it is forbidden to wear shoes within the mosque, you will be requested to remove your shoes before entering. Men should wear long trousers and sleeved shirts within the mosque, while women should wear slacks, below-knee dresses or skirts, and elbow-length or longer shirts. Women can wear scarves to cover their hair. If you do not have appropriate apparel, the entrance staff will assist you free of charge.

Instructions for Participating in the Tour
After disembarking from your cruise ship, proceed straight into the terminal building. You will be greeted by your guide, who will assist you during the tour.

Please note that some tourist attractions are closed on particular days of the week. If one of these days falls on your tour, we will proceed to one of the following alternate locations:
As the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, we will visit the Spice Market instead
Mondays: Since Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, we can visit the old Basilica Cistern, often known as the "Sunken Palace."

At the end of the excursion, you will be transported to Istanbul Port in plenty of time to catch your ship.

Not suitable for
Pregnant women
People with mobility impairments
Pickup
The cruise port of Istanbul

Included/Excluded

  • Admission fees
  • Professional guide
  • Transportation between the port and the landmarks that are specifically mentioned in the itinerary with air conditioned vehicle.

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