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4-Hour Private Istanbul Tour: Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque & Bazaar

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  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Architecture, Culture, History

  • Duration

    4 Hours

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English

Description

Discover the best of Istanbul by exploring the historical landmarks in the ancient Hippodrome in the heart of Istanbul. Start from a guided tour of the Topkapi Palace, which served as the administrative center for the Ottoman sultans. Admire the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hagia Sophia and snap photos of the iconic Blue Mosque from the outside. End the tour with a tour of the Grand Bazaar, dating back to the 15th century, which is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. 


Highlights
  • Discover the heart of ancient Constantinople at the Hippodrome
  • Explore the central seat of the Ottoman sultans, the Topkapi Palace
  • Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque
  • Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of the Grand Bazaar
  • Explore the Highlights of Istanbul expand_more
    • Begin your journey with a guided tour of the Topkapi Palace, the heart and soul of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Harem section for additional insight into the sultan's private life. Exploring Topkapi thoroughly will take more than an hour and a half. 
    • Next stop to Hippodrome. This ancient square was the heart of Constantinople, the former capital of the Byzantine Empire. Take some time to explore the monuments and structures around the square, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the German Fountain.
    • Capture Hagia Sophia. This iconic building is a former church, mosque, and now a museum, famous for its massive dome and beautiful mosaics. Spend some time admiring the architecture and learning about the history of this impressive structure.
    • See the Blue Mosque from the outside. Located just across the square from Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque (officially known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque) is one of Istanbul's most famous landmarks. Although it's closed to visitors during prayer times, you can still admire the stunning exterior and take some photos.
    • End the tour at the Grand Bazaar. This sprawling market is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with over 4,000 shops selling everything from jewellery and textiles to spices and souvenirs. Take some time to wander through the maze-like alleys and haggle with the vendors for some unique souvenirs.
    • End of tour. 
What's Included
  • English-speaking tour guide
What's Excluded
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Entrance ticket, if any
Meeting Point

Cankurtaran, Topkapı Palace, Fatih/İstanbul, Türkiye

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
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    Sarah

    Fascinating Tour

    The private Istanbul tour was amazing! Abdullah was knowledgeable and friendly, and we saw some of the city's most famous landmarks. The Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque were breathtaking, and the Grand Bazaar was a shopper's paradise.

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    John

    Incredible Experience

    The tour was incredible! The Hippodrome and Hagia Sophia were fascinating, and the Blue Mosque was stunning. The Grand Bazaar was a shopper's paradise, and we found some great souvenirs. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended!

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    Li

    Istanbul's Treasures Unveiled

    Unforgettable experience exploring Istanbul's gems. Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar were highlights. Excellent guide!

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    Dwyane

    Learnt a lot about ottoman Empire on this tour

    The Topkapi Palace is a symbol of the lavishness and greatness of the Ottoman Empire. Occupied by the sultans for more than four hundred years, it functioned as both their royal home and a representation of their supreme power.

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    Frank

    World's oldest Bazaar made us feel like we saw nothing till now.

    The Grand Bazaar, bustling with activity, stands as one of the world's oldest and largest covered marketplaces. As I strolled through its maze-like pathways and lively stalls, I found myself immersed in a whirlwind of colors and textures. Boasting over 4,000 shops, the Grand Bazaar offers a diverse array of goods, from exquisite carpets and ceramics to spices and souvenirs. It's a vibrant blend of cultures and traditions, where the meeting of East and West creates a dynamic atmosphere of commerce and cultural exchange

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    Imani

    Istanbul is truly a place to visit

    From the ancient grandeur of the Hippodrome to the majestic halls of the Topkapi Palace, every corner of this city tells a story of power, prestige, and resilience. The Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque stand as testaments to the enduring faith and ingenuity of humanity

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