Istanbul Favorites; Hagia Sophia, Palace of Topkapi, Basilica Cistern

8hr, Private Preset tour

OVERVIEW: On the Istanbul Favorites; Hagia Sophia, Palace of Topkapi, Basilica Cistern tour, one experiences some core sites of unforgettable Istanbul, the 2010 European Capital of Culture.  Our Archaeologous guide will show you why Istanbul was, and is, the crossroads of cultures. Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents and has the rich blending of ancient cultures that have left their marks on the cuisine, architecture and customs.

INCLUDED: licensed guide (languages available -request when booking), A/C vehicle and dependable driver

NOT INCLUDED: entrance fees, lunch, and tips (appreciated when deserved)

HIGHLIGHTS: Hagia Sophia, Underground Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, time for lunch, and the Spice (Egyptian) Market 

You will experience: The Hagia Sophia, the 1500 year old Byzantine masterpiece, was the largest building in the world for over 1,000 years. It's still universally considered one of the most beautiful buildings ever built. The exotic underground 'foot ball field' size Basilica Cistern was an engineering wonder and now used for concerts and movies. (James Bond 007 thriller). Then the opulent landmark, the Topkapi Palace, afterwards a great Turkish lunch before continuing on to the glorious Blue Mosque. This building's entire interior is an exquisite piece of art and is covered with over twenty thousand hand painted tiles and two hundred sixty stained glass windows. Last, is the exciting, colorful and dramatic Spice Market, for gifts and souvenirs that range from teas, spices, and copper tea sets, to jewelry, silk scarves, leather goods and more.

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Key information

  • Private tour
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Transportation and driver included
  • Full day, approx. 8 hours
  • The tour duration includes allowance for time between sites/activities.
  • Time for lunch is included in your itinerary

Itinerary (Click on activities to learn more)

Topkapi Harem
  • Groups of maximum 48 people
2hr 0m
1hr 15m
Time for Turkish lunch
1hr 0m
45 min

Entrance Fees

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