For a comprehensive look at Istanbul, look no further than this extensive Turkey tour. This sightseeing tour runs over two days, designed for the traveler who wants to see it all. By the end of this experience, you'll know as much about Istanbul as the locals do. Book your Istanbul tour now to immerse yourself in the wonders of this great city.
Your Istanbul city tour will take you to a number of historic sites, including the Hippodrome and St. Sophia Museum. The former was once the social and sporting center of Byzantium life, where crowds would gather to watch the chariot races and bet money. St. Sophia Museum once served as a Christian church, changing into a mosque before ultimately becoming a museum. It offers a closer look at religious relics from Turkey's storied past. Expect to see other religious structures during this adventure, such as the Mosque of Sultan Ahmed I.
The highlight of this Istanbul tour is Topkapi Palace. For over 400 years, this imposing structure was the home of sultans. Now, it's a museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The complex is made up of four different courtyards and numerous smaller buildings. Within the complex, guests will find a variety of relics, including Chinese porcelain and manuscripts.
Another important stop on this tour is the Underground Cistern. The cistern, supported by over 300 columns, is the largest in all of Istanbul and is designed to provide water to the nearby palace.
Part of this tour takes place on water. During this Istanbul tour, there's an opportunity to cruise down the Bosphorus waterway. From this vantage point, you'll get to see palaces and other surrounding structures that make for great photos. Your tour includes a visit to the Grand Bazaar, where you can navigate its two large sections on your own to pick up jewelry, clothing, and other wares. Book this Istanbul tour for a comprehensive two-day experience in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
Please Note: The length of the excursion on each day may vary. As some of the sites are closed on alternate days throughout the week, the order in which they are visited is not given. The following is a description of the average tour:
On the first day, the excursion begins approximately 30 minutes after your ship's arrival. Your tour on day 1 will be about 3 hours and 30 minutes. On the second day, the tour will begin at approximately 8:00 AM. Your tour on day 2 will be about 10 hours. Please see below for a sample itinerary.
Please Note: This is a sample itinerary. The order of events and the tour duration on each day may vary at the discretion of the local operator, in order to provide the best experience for your cruise schedule.
Reviewer: Larry from Vegas
Guide was very knowledgeable and tour was well organized. He did a great job of accommodating everyone's needs.