Duration: 7 hours
Tour starting point: German Fountain
Tour ending point: Grand Bazaar
Includes: Officially licensed tour guide, Small group tour, Entrance tickets, Lunch
Excludes: Drinks, transportation, tips to guide & driver ( recommended)
Sights to see: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, German Fountain, Topkapi Palace Musseum, Hagia Irene Church, Sogukcesme Street, Grand Bazaar
Officially licensed tour guide
Small group tour
Tips to guide & driver ( recommended)
Meet your tour guide next to German Fountain (Alman Cesmesi) which is located in Hippodrome Square at 09:00 am. He will be waiting for you with our company logo so you will notice him easily and start the Istanbul tour with the highlights of the city;
Hippodrome; where the chariot races were held in the Roman Empire times and today we see German Fountain here.
Blue Mosque; Built in the early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet I, Blue Mosque is truly a magnificent masterpiece of architecture with amazingly delicate proportions for a building of such massive scale. The blue shade of the 27.000 pieces of Iznik quart tiles gives the mosque its popular name and 6 towering minarets give its uniquely recognizable structure. It’s a must-see point listed in the itinerary of every Istanbul tour.
Hagia Sophia; here the ancient cultures of East and West speak to you with a yet clear voice. A great blend of Christian and Islamic influence with the beautiful interior of mosaics, impressive and significant history. Built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, played a very important role in the Christian and Islamic World. After the Ottoman conquest the bells, altar, iconoclastic, and sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over to convert the church into a mosque, then a museum in 1934. In July 2020 it is converted into a mosque again.
Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irene Church; More than just an Imperial Residence of Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years long. Topkapi Palace is a great monument of Oriental architecture which houses exhibits of art, books, jewels, plates, costumes, the Treasury, and the Holy Relics.
Grand Bazaar; One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with over 4,000 shops. It was constructed in the 15th century and became the commercial hub of the trade between Asia & Europe.
Our Istanbul tour ends here in Grand Bazaar / Kapali Carsi and please feel free to drop us an email for Bosphorus or Fener-Balat tour tomorrow with our private tour guides. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to make another Istanbul tour with alternative itineraries.
Topkapi Palace and Hagia Irene Church are closed on Tuesdays so they will be replaced with Spice Bazaar.
Hagia Sophia entrance will be restricted during praying time.
Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
Blue Mosque is closed until 2 pm on Fridays.
Children aged 7 and under are subject to payment of 65 Usd. Please make sure that you have passport copies of children as you have to verify their ages at museums.
Annual Closing Dates of all museums and bazaars in Istanbul are as follows;
Q: What is the group size for this tour?
A: This is a small group tour covering around 10 people.
Q: How to meet my tour guide, where is the meeting point?
A: Your tour guide will be waiting you at the German Fountain (Alman Cesmesi) in Hippodrome Square to meet you at 09:00am to start your tour, tour will start at 09:15am. In case of delay you need to catch the group in the next stop.
You can use the Google Maps link to find German Fountain (https://goo.gl/maps/PGZfHYraGgRrAZoD9)
Q: How can I come to meeting point?
A: You can take tram to Sultanahmet Station and then it will be very easy to find German Fountain which is located in Hippodrome Square (At Meydani)
Q: What if I delay for the meeting?
A: Please note that this is a group tour and there are other families so we need to start the tour latest at 09:15am. We kindly ask you to be punctual however in case of delay please contact us on +905425919925 (Available on Whatsapp)
Q: Which language options do you have?
A: This tour is operated in English however please contact us for other language inquiries so we can check availability for you.
Q: How about the transportation?
A: Unfortunately transportation is not included in this package, you need to meet your guide at the German Fountain
Q: Are museum tickets included?
A: Exactly, entrance fee to the sites are included in the price.
Q: Where we can have the lunch?
A: We will have a lunch in a local restaurant in Sultanahmet area which have vegetarian option for guests who have different food choices.
Q: How about shopping in Istanbul?
A: We do not include any shopping stops unless you wish to visit one of the traditional workshops of handmade rugs, tiles, jewelry. If you have any interest in workshops, please indicate while booking. At the end of our tour, your tour guide can take you for a carpet demonstration or another workshop.
Q: How do I book this Small Group Tour?
A: Easy! All you need to do is;
Fill the 'Booking' form where you will put your full details such as personal information, date. Once you complete your booking we will get back to you with a confirmation email within 24 hours.
Q: How do I pay?
A: After filling the Book Now form you can make online payment on our website to secure your booking.
Q: Does status of Hagia Sophia effect our tour?
A: After conversion to mosque entrance will be restricted during praying times however your tour guide will revise the route of your tour accordingly and entrance is free now due to it's status.