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Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul provided by Global Travel Services Day Tours

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul

Small Group Tour: Essential Istanbul
4.5
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from €49.87 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travellers
About
Many of Istanbul’s highlights are in the old city, and this tour allows you to visit all of them while leaving the navigation to an expert. Explore Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar, hearing commentary from your guide about the history and importance of each site. A small group size means plenty of personal attention, and hotel pickup and drop-off adds extra convenience. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Tour the sites of Old Town, hearing commentary from your guide
Enjoy hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your hotel
A small group size means you can ask lots of questions
Explore the varied collection at Topkapi Palace’s museum
What to expect
Meet your guide in the morning for this full-day small-group tour of Istanbul. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the old city peninsula. Visit Topkapi Palace and explore the museum, including the large collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain. Move on to the Hippodrome, where sporting and political events took place during the Byzantine Empire. Here, you see the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the German Fountain. Continue on to the Hagia Sophia, formerly a Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque, now a secular museum. Cross the square and visit the Blue Mosque. Finally, spend some time at the Grand Bazaar, which offers 4,000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, and leather goods. At the end of your tour, relax on the ride back to your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7603P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Professional English speaking guide • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Museum entrance fees • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
Exclusions
Meals and drinks • Gratuities • Airport pick up and drop off (additional fee)
Duration
8h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Depends on hotel's location, sometimes we can't use vehicle since vehicles are not allowed in some parts of old city.
Ports:
Galataport
Sarayburnu
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Professional English speaking guide • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off • Transport by air-conditioned minivan • Museum entrance fees • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
Exclusions
Meals and drinks • Gratuities • Airport pick up and drop off (additional fee)
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Depends on hotel's location, sometimes we can't use vehicle since vehicles are not allowed in some parts of old city.
Ports:
Galataport
Sarayburnu
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please Note:Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and replaced with Underground Cistern. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will also be replaced with Underground Cistern.
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • 2
    Kapali Carsi
    Stop: 60 minutes
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  • 3
    Hagia Sophia
    Stop: 90 minutes
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  • 4
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Topkapi Palace
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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4.5
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Travelislife
1 contribution
Amazing Knowledgeable Guide!!
This is my first ever review but I thought it was a must, as this was one of the most informative guides I have ever had in my over 10 years as a nomad! Semih was incredibly knowledgeable, informative, and yet flexible (being aware of information overload ;) His deep understanding of the history, archeology, and historical cultural mosaic of Istanbul and Turkish heritage are truly incredible and make the tour extra insightful!
Written 18 October 2020
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CJ_1851
Massachusetts20 contributions
Excellent Tour
Aug 2020
Great time to go on a tour! No large crowds. Our guide, Semih, was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable about the sites on the tour and took us to a great place to eat lunch. My wife and I both highly recommend this tour.
Written 20 August 2020
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beachgoddesssomerset
Taunton, UK202 contributions
Brilliant tour
Ozleme was a brilliant guide. She was so friendly and very knowledgeable. Ended up just being myself on the tour! Saw so much inbetween some coffee stops! Lovely lunch. All in all really professional guide and company. Would highly recommend.
Written 30 July 2020
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Reshma-India
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India22 contributions
Nothing wrong with the locales with everything wrong with Tour guide Ms Lale
Dec 2019 • Couples
Ms Lale reaches late and blames it on traffic.
She is pushy to make her commission and wants to take us to a pudding place while we wanted local food...all others in the group included.

Without asking if we want to buy carpets, she tricks us into seeing a 200 year house and inside is just selling pitch.

Highly unprofessional lady with a stinging and abusive tongue.
Written 2 January 2020
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Chooee H
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
Great insight tour to Istanbul’s key historic sights
Great insight tour to Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Expect a lot of walking and walking is the best and only way to explore all these sights. Our guide Ms Lale was our guide for the day and she was straight up no BS kind of tour guide which I like. She has one objective which was to cover as much as possible from 9am to 5:30pm. There was a difficult tour member who kept trying to spin off our itinerary with her own agenda and she was professional enough to handle her. I am sure that the difficult customer would write a bad review but I just want to write a fair review here for Ms Lale and the tour. She totally made all the right decisions to keep us moving so we could see all the sights in our itinerary. So thank you and highly recommend for those who want to see Istanbul with great insight and skip some long queues.

What would I wish the tour could skip is the carpet shop as it takes up a little too much time for those who have no interest in buying or in carpets
Written 27 December 2019
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Ima
1 contribution
Great tour of key sites
Dec 2019 • Solo
Excellent tour to see all the key sites and stopover for lunch. Just note the grand bazaar is not open on a Sunday but this is substituted with another site visit. Overall recommend Semih as a guide and the tour company. Had a great introduction to Istanbul thanks to them :)
Written 9 December 2019
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darlenesemon
Phoenix, AZ1 contribution
Small group tour in Istanbul
Sep 2019 • Solo
We were in a small of 6 total and great group and guide Semih was excellent and very knowledgable about his country. Would recommend this again.
Written 29 September 2019
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Oscar C
Atlanta, GA12 contributions
Thanks, Semih
First off, Semih was 15 minutes earlier than we expected. Even though it rained for the beginning of our tour, Semih made sure we saw as much of Istanbul as we could. He was very knowledgeable and made it his business to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. He also provided us with options that were not part of the original tour. It was a great tour. Thanks, Semih.
Written 24 May 2019
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Hudswell
Branston, UK228 contributions
Excellent
Apr 2019 • Couples
We were the only couple on the tour and our Guide Sammy tailored it to our needs. Excellent tour, did what it said on the tin and to our timetable. Highly recommended.
Written 7 April 2019
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Charmaine G
Cape Town28 contributions
Its Spring time and Tulip is my guide! Such fun.
Mar 2019 • Solo
I was the only one on this walking tour around Istanbul. Lale, which means Tulip, was my guide and she was such fun. Her knowledge and insights of the major attractions was superb. We managed to cover a lot in a day and every time we went somewhere like the carpet place (fantastic and no pressure to buy) or to see how tiles are made or even when we went to lunch at the Pudding Shop, Lale knew everyone and I felt like an honored friend when she introduced me. She was so helpful with things like getting me a tram ticket for the next day and other things not related to the tour. She went above and beyond what was expected!. Thank you Tulip for making it such a
special day and one I will always remember. I can highly recommend Lale and this tour.
Written 1 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Amazing tour
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Brilliant tour guide!!
Would just like to say how impressed i was with Semih and his professionalism and friendliness throughout the day!
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Faced paced fun!
This was a fantastic tour, I’d recommend it to all. Especially if coming to Istanbul for the first time. The lady W
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Great tour
I had a very good time with Ozlem, who took me to the main sites of Istanbul. It was very convenient to not wait in
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We had a great guide who was very knowledgeable of the historic sites of Istanbul. Happy to answer any questions yo
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