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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar provided by Karavan Turizm

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Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar

Morning Istanbul: Half-Day Tour with Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar
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Gain insight into the long history of Istanbul with the ease of a half-day walking tour that visits major historical landmarks and the Grand Bazaar. Your tour includes an admission ticket to the Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Byzantine monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You also visit the stunning Blue Mosque, built in the Ottoman era, stroll around the Hippodrome, and browse the vendors at the Grand Bazaar.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Russian, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Hear live commentary from your guide
  • See key monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires
  • Have time for shopping in the Grand Bazaar
  • Includes pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
German, Russian, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Hear live commentary from your guide
  • See key monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires
  • Have time for shopping in the Grand Bazaar
  • Includes pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6580P10
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up central located hotels. If your hotel is located outside of our city limits, we might need to apply a supplement. Please contact with us before arrival to check your hotel details.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • St.Sophia is closed on Mondays. Instead you will visit Underground Cistern. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar
  • Hotel pick up & drop off service available Central Located Hotels. ( Taksim, Old City, ). If your hotel in another location, please send message.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.
  • Blue Mosque is closed Friday mornings and our guide will show & introduce from outside
  • We as KARAVAN TRAVEL, want to ensure the minds of travelers that, all the necessary safety measures and precautions will be maintained at all times; hand sanitizer will be available, masks will be given out, seats will be blocked out on coaches, reduced groups sizes and social distancing measures will be taking against COVID-19 infections. We will follow up the new regulations/restrictions permanently and update our procedures accordingly.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Clients should to wear suitable clothing and bring their own head scarf before enter to Hagia Sophia.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up central located hotels. If your hotel is located outside of our city limits, we might need to apply a supplement. Please contact with us before arrival to check your hotel details.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • St.Sophia is closed on Mondays. Instead you will visit Underground Cistern. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, instead you will visit the open-air bazaar
  • Hotel pick up & drop off service available Central Located Hotels. ( Taksim, Old City, ). If your hotel in another location, please send message.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place.
  • Blue Mosque is closed Friday mornings and our guide will show & introduce from outside
  • We as KARAVAN TRAVEL, want to ensure the minds of travelers that, all the necessary safety measures and precautions will be maintained at all times; hand sanitizer will be available, masks will be given out, seats will be blocked out on coaches, reduced groups sizes and social distancing measures will be taking against COVID-19 infections. We will follow up the new regulations/restrictions permanently and update our procedures accordingly.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Clients should to wear suitable clothing and bring their own head scarf before enter to Hagia Sophia.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Blue Mosque
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Kapali Carsi
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Hippodrome
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Hagia Sophia Mosque
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.0
26 reviews
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AmbassadorBas
London, UK760 contributions
Without Doubt one of the very nicest tour Guides I’ve ever had the pleasure to tour with.
Selecuk Ersan, is not only charming, knowledgeable, polite and considerate But he knows his stuff. He is intuitive to the groups needs and will cater to where and how long you’d like to see and walk and do.
He answers all questions with confidence and much pride in a beautiful city that he knows well and loves, he therefore is proud to show it off. He is not a guide that takes you to stores to get com or guide you to places so he can get a cut. He in fact steers us in the good directions and gives excellent advice to,buying in places where good value will be achieved.
We paid to have a ounce as well included and he took us to a wonderful restaurant very clean, great friendly service and they asked what we’d really like and they made dishes that suited all out tastes.
Selecuk is a super star guide and I felt, comfortable, safe and completely confident in every aspect and would have no hesitation recommending him and doing this tour again. Thank you for a, wonderful day and tour.
Written 23 July 2020
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Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews. Selcuk is one of our main guide in daily city tours in Istanbul and we are proud to work with him as being Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
Written 29 July 2020
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TallRay
Miami, FL12 contributions
Great guide, great tour.
Feb 2020
The guide, Selecuk Ersan, is very knowledgeable and helpful. We were picked up in a vehicle at the hotel on time. The Blue Mosque was closed to visitors because it was Friday and they close it to tourists since that is the day of worship for the Moslem religion. Instead we were taken to another mosque that was built by Suliman and is actually bigger. Then we walked to the Grand Bazaar. It huge and very clean. We had an hour to roam around on our own. I suspect that it would take several hours to walk it without even stopping to shop. It is huge.
We then walked to Hagai Sophia which is historically extremely important. It was first built as a church and eventually converted to a mosque. But its architecture was very innovative for its time and now all mosques around the world are supposedly built to the same configuration. We had half an hour to walk around it after some excellent explanations by our guide. After we went to a restaurant where we purchased lunch. That was not as good as the restaurant we had eaten the night before but was acceptable.
Written 16 February 2020
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Priscila Calenzo
Lajeado, RS2 contributions
Great tour
Nov 2019
Really enjoyed our tour. Our guide was a great guide. She was very informative and we learned a lot about the history and culture of Istanbul and Turkey.
Written 1 December 2019
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Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. Thank you very much for your kind reviews to the tour which was operated by Karavan Travel. Nice to host you in Istanbul and hope to assist you in the future Turkey trips. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
Written 28 May 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marcus C
5 contributions
Just not quite good enough
Oct 2019
Not a good start to have to walk to a new destination despite paying for a door to door pick up for the tour.Then waiting 45 mins for a group to turn up who constantly delayed every part of the tour , when the tour guide should have worked with the rest f the group to tell others if they are not on time then don't join a group tour.!insult to injury To be told on the day of the tour after 1 hour into it that the main feature of the tour - the grand bazaar was closed due to the annual republic day.If this has been prewired -as apparently it is well known day for closure - we could have saved our money and done things on different days .Not considerate company called Karavan who are happy to take your money but have poor communication and compared to other tours we did in Istanbul this was juts not of the same calibre .A shame s the features involved are very interesting
Written 3 November 2019
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Werner S
1 contribution
Pick-up organized badly - too much time wasted
Sep 2019
Pick-up from Sheraton City at 7:40 am, sit on coach 160 min. before tour starts at Hippodrome. Needed to leave tour after Sultan Achmed visit to go back to Hotel.
Not acceptable to pick-up clients with only one bus!!!
Written 30 September 2019
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Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. We are sorry for having a negative review from the our guests directly, unfortunately in daily operations such kind of issues might be occur out of our wish/control. We will take care of your comments for our future bookings to improve our service quality. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
Written 28 May 2020
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Winston C
2 contributions
Very unfriendly
Sep 2019 • Couples
Everything the tour guide said is 100% scripted, which is fine I guess, but If you have any other questions beyond what he has to offer, he cannot answer/ refuse to answer any of that. At one point we are asking him history of Istanbul, he said if you want to know more, you have to join another tour/ pay extra. So if you are looking for something basic and cheap, join the tour, if you want something more intellectual, I will not recommend this. We later on joined another tour with another company because we found this tour guide super unknowledgeable and they are so much better. Also, we were told that a license guided should have a licensed badge, which I don't see our tour guide from this tour is wearing. Not sure if he doesn't have one or forgot to wear it.
Written 28 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Traveler55064
Dear Sir, Greetings from Karavan Travel Istanbul. We are sorry for having a negative review from the our guests directly, unfortunately in daily operations such kind of issues might be occur out of our wish/control. We will take care of your comments for our future bookings to improve our service quality. Best Regards, Emel Kilic.
Written 28 May 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Menhel K
2 contributions
Bahia Sophia, blue mosque, and grand bazaar.
Aug 2019 • Couples
The tourist guide “Sahar” was very nice, informative, and professional. She provided a detailed description of history and architecture.
Highly recommend
Written 30 August 2019
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Alix
4 contributions
Top (Sandra!👌)
Aug 2019 • Friends
Stop browsing, book this tour!!!

Sandra a lovely lady took her time and explained everything to us. In french
She came to our hotel on time
we walked along the neighborhood to the Blue Mosque ayasofya hippodrome. She showed us how to use the public transport Istanbul kart and we finished the visit in Grand Bazaar. I enjoyed every second
Very knowlageable lady, professional, friendly, she gave us tips on how to navigate through the city.
She suggested beaches to visit in Bodrum which was our next stop
Written 12 August 2019
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myapgonzales
1 contribution
Haia Sophia
Jul 2019 • Couples
The tour of Hagia Sophia was very interesting & informative. The place itself is so nice & historical.
Written 21 July 2019
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ACB
Essex, UK135 contributions
Great way to see the city highlights
We were short on time and this tour gave us a real taster. Collected from out hotel at 730am and dropped back at 2pm. Our guide was superb and our 10yr old loved it all.
Written 18 June 2019
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Very good full day tour in Istanbul!
Excellent full day tour in Istanbul. Very professional and experienced guide Canan! Good recommendations regarding
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My girlfriend and I had a wonderful tour. Our guide's name was Selcuk Ersan, and we were happy to have met him. He
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We highy recommend this tour
It seems that all guides on this tour get high scores :) Well, ours was Canan and we feel very lucky that she was w
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Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide
Our tour guide Nehit was amazing! We were in a group with 6 people and Nehit translated the tour in both English an
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Best Tour Guide Ever
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Superb!
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An absolute must do for first timers in Istanbul!!
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Excellent Guide & Tour
Selcuk was incredibly knowledgeable and tailored the day to suit us (we were the only clients on the tour). All hi
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Great tour!
Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Shared the tour with another couple that were from Scotland. Really
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Perfect day in Istanbul
This was our second visit to Istanbul and we just had two days, so a food tour covering all the neighbourhoods was
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Fun Day at Top Sites
A lovely day. The timing was good, we skipped line ups. The information provided by the guide was great with a nice
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A fabulous day out in Istanbul
Our guide was Salcuk (I think that's his name), and he was outstanding in giving us a great tour. We were the only
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Istanbul day tour
Prompt pickup, tour began as soon as I met Mehmet on our way to the old city. The weather was unpleasant however we
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Highly recommended
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Great Tour
It was a great tour, really liked connecting with different people and Omër the guide was extremely knowledgeable a
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