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Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

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    What to Expect
    Start your private day tour with a pickup in an air-conditioned vehicle from your centrally located hotel in Istanbul (European side). Then, set off to discover the historic Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and more! First, head over the Hippodrome to the Sultan Ahmet Mosque internationally known as the Blue Mosque and observe Ottoman architecture at its finest. Turn 360 degrees to see six imposing spires and 260 luminescent windows that scatter brilliant sunlight over the mosque’s 20,000 Iznik tiles.

    Continue to Hagia Sophia and learn how this civil engineering wonder was once the largest church in the world, then a mosque, and now the Saint Sophia Museum. Enjoy perusing through this enormous dome structure admiring the beautiful Byzantine mosaics. 

    Next, delve under the famous peninsula of Sarayburnu into the largest ancient cistern in Istanbul, Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı). Located a mere 500 feet (150m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia, Experience its sheer size. Learn how it was built under the rule of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in the 6th century and is the largest cistern in a city of hundreds.

    Rise above ground and take a short walk to Topkapi Palace, the oldest and largest palace on the planet. Hear about the treasure held within its walls as you stroll through its ornate rooms. Then, cruise around its buildings to a spectacular vantage point of the Golden Horn and learn why it's considered the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. (On Tuesdays the palace is closed, so instead visit the Istanbul Archaeology Museum)

    Onward to the center of Constantinople’s sporting and political heart at the Hippodrome. Go back in time 500 years when the Ottoman empire was in power and imagine a place ruled by games and riots. Nowadays, this civic park carries on the Ottoman tradition in its name only known as the Horse Grounds (At Meydanı). Move on and admire the Hippodrome’s ancient Egyptian granite Obelisk and hear how it was transported in 390 AD to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius.

    Finally, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the famous Grand Bazaar. Discover the world’s largest canopied market as you stroll along peering into shops full of leather, pottery, jewelry, spices and carpets. With more than 4,000 shops on 58 streets, you’ll be astounded that this market has been operating since the 14th century. (Closed on Sundays; so extra time will be spread over the other locations for a more intimate experience.)
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Pick up from centrally located hotels in Istanbul (European only)
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5:00pm
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Lunch
    • Local guide
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
    • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Entrance to Harem Section in the Topkapi Palace
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
    • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
    • During religious holidays July 28, 29 and 30 and October 4, 5, 6 and 7, 2014 the Spice market and Grand Bazaar will be closed
    • Customers booking this tour for shore excursions will not have time to visit the Basilica Cistern, due to the limited time in Istanbul
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 5 September 2019 via mobile

    Our guide Sevilla was amazing and very erudite, she could answer any question on any topic related to art history, history, archeology, geography etc Thank you!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Laurence B
    Experience820434, Guest Relations Manager at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2019

    Dear Lauren, We're more than happy to hear that our guide satisfied your expectations. We'll make sure to deliver your kind words to Sevilay too. She'll be proud. Hope to see you next time, Neon Tours

    Reviewed 25 July 2019 via mobile

    Highly recommend this company. They were extremely helpful and professional when planning our corporate sightseeing activities. The guides were highly knowledgeable and spoke great English. They were also considerate and allowed the group to explore at our on time / take photos. The transportation links...More

    Thank GemboWhitty
    Experience820434, Guest Relations Manager at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2019

    Dear our valued guest, Thank you for taking your precious time and writing this kind review. We're glad to hear that we'd be able to gave you perfect services. Hope to see you again in the future, Neon Tours

    Reviewed 15 April 2019 via mobile

    Emre immediately put us at ease, provoking curiosity, encouraging us to think about the historic forces that shaped Sultanahmet and making us laugh about more recent world history. Unveiling one step at a time the stories behind the mosques, markets and monuments Emre provided valuable...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Paul R
    Experience820434, Public Relations Manager at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2019

    Dear our valued guest, It's great to hear that you enjoyed your tour and also liked your guide. We'll share your kind review with our guide too. Hope to see you again soon, Neon Tours

    Reviewed 16 January 2019

    This was an small group amazing tour. We skipped all the lines at the sights. Lunch was included in the cost and the food was good.

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank jkpatlanta
    NeonToursIstanbul, Halkla İlişkiler Müdürü at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2019

    Dear our valued guest, We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed our services. Thank you for sparing your time for this kind review. Hope to see you again in Turkey, Neon Tours

    Reviewed 30 October 2018

    I recently traveled through Turkey with a friend and had only one full day to explore Istanbul. We arranged a private tour through Neon Tours and truly enjoyed our experience. Hakan Adagume spent the entire day with us leading us around all the highlights of...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    1  Thank Emily M
    NeonToursIstanbul, Guest Relations Manager at Neon Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2018

    Dear Emily, Thank you for your kind and valued comments about our services and guide. Hakan is one of our in house and knowledgeable guides. We are delighted to hear that you had great time and made you happy here with our services and guide....More

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    We didn't get to go there because of time constrain. But, Tarik is very flexible, you can discuss what you would like to see & he can custom the itinerary to your needs.
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