For shopping enthusiasts, the Grand Bazaar offers great variety. It is arguably Turkey’s largest covered market with nearly 4000 shops!
This Istanbul tour is a must for those wanting to discover Istanbul’s rich history and culture and much, much more.
3 hours (approx)Start time
08:00am - 08:30am approx. depending on hotel location.Meeting Point
Your hotel in central Istanbul.
(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Your hotel in Istanbul
This tour is available in two options - as a coach tour and a private tour. A private tour gives you greater flexibility and allows you greater interaction with your guide.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul in the morning and accompanied by an English-speaking guide will visit:
• St. Sophia Church: Once a church, then a mosque and now a museum, it is one of the major attractions of Istanbul. The interior is decorated with awe-inspiring Byzantine mosaics.
• The Blue Mosque: It was built by the Ottoman architect, Sedefkâr Mehmet Aga. With its six minarets and many domes, the mosque is worth a visit.
• The Byzantine Hippodrome: It was the heart of Constantinople's political and sporting life and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history.
• The Grand Bazaar: This is where you can pick-up beautiful Turkish carpets, glazed tiles, pottery, leather apparel, alabaster bookends and all sorts of interesting knickknacks.
The tour ends at your hotel.
Find the hotel pick up list. Download the list of Hotels
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.
St. Sophia is closed on Monday & Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday and on Turkish religious holidays, so these attractions are substituted with others on these particular days.
Private tour includes A/C minibus with capacity of maximum 8 passengers.
Istanbul is indeed amazing !It is a journey from Greek to Roman To Ottoman to Modern times !The History of Hagia Sofia, The Grandure of Blue Mosque, The wonder collection at...DR RANJANA P JOSHI, India, 23/Nov/2012