1 day layover in istanbul; In this ultimate Istanbul city tour, the itinerary has been prepared for you to cover all the major attractions and try some local experiences in 8 hours in Istanbul.
Upon meeting welcome host in airport, you will be directed to your private driver & van parked outside. Following meeting your driver and getting on private vehicle, you will be transferred to your guide’s location in old city, where major attractions are situated in same vicinity. After getting off the transport and meeting your guide, your vehicle will leave and you will begin tour with your guide on foot thereafter. At some point, public tram and ferry can be used in order to save time.
Tour introduction & itinerary will be explained in front of the area map by Roman Hippodrome. Agreeing with your guide on the tour plan & activities, in turn, you will visit Roman Hippodrome and famous monuments; Serpent Column, Walled Colomn, Egyptian Obelisk, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar or Arasta Bazaar.
Depending your interests, your guide will arrange optional additions of traditional Turkish breakfast or /and lunch, Turkish Bath Experience or Bosphorus Ferry Ride, as time permits.
Once tour has been concluded, you will be transfered back by private van and dropped off at international departure’s gate.
After clearing passport control and customs, our Meet & Greet partner M44 will be ready to meet you at the exit gate no: 13 international arrival terminal. Once you have spotted sign of M44 and shared your booking information, You will be accompanied to your driver and vehicle. Following meeting your driver and getting on private vehicle, you will be transferred to your guide's location in old city, where major attractions are grouped in same vicinity.
Duration: 45-60 minutes depending on traffic or whether it is a working day or not.
Stop At: Hippodrome The equivalent of Maxiumus Circus, city of Rome was immitated in new capital of Roman Empire as we call Byzantine Hippodrome; Hear the stories of glory chariot riders and amazed with monuments erected by the ambitios Roman engineers; Egpytian Obelisk, Serpent Colomn and Colomn of Constantine.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At: Blue Mosque As an operating mosque, your guide will take you inside of mosque complex in between praying times and help you to barrow a scarf or skirt if needed. it is closed untill noon on Fridays due to Friday noon prayer service. Attention; There is ongoing restoration and the dome view is blocked by scaffolding.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At Hagia Sophia. Walk through with our licensed tour guide and explore the 8th wonder of the world (possibly) from the aspects of architecture, religion and politics. Hagia Sophia is not a museum any more and visiting hours are based on praying times. It is open all weekdays 24/7
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Basilica Cistern As you walk down the stairs, you will see a palace looking underground water system built in 6th C. by Romans. Its massive size could store enough water to provide for Roman Palace and surrending neighborhood untill it was forgotten.
Admision fee is 30 TL or 5 USD
Duration: 30 minutes Admission Ticket Not Included
Learn about one of the longest ruled empire in the world history during the visit of Topkapı Palace with our licensed guides. The palace is situated on the tip of the historical peninsula with vast open space consisting of 4 courtyards, palace departments; Harem, Kitchens, Armory, Audince Hall, Council Hall, tens of artifacts halls, Kiosks and amazing view overlooking Bosphours and Golden Horn. the Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Admision fee is 100 TL or 15 USD.
Duration: 120 minutes Admission Ticket Not Included
Get the taste of rich Turkish Cusine in local resturants; Starter, Kebaps, Turkish Pizza (Lahmacun), Vegeterian Optians and more..
The world's oldest shopping mall was buit in 1460s by the order of Ottoman Sultan Mehmet the Conqurer, in order to generate income for maintaining their newly converted mosque. The city, being in the meeting point of oriental trade routes made the bazaar Grand and Famous. Today, with 3000 thousand shops offer huge range of colourful item from simple souviners to expensive items such as jewelery, carpets, mosaic lamps, magnets, leather. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
Duration: 60 minutes Admission Ticket Free
The mosque is active since 1556 and named after its commissioner, the famous sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. It is located on the 3rd hill of the old city. In a short walk from Grand Bazaar along the wall of Istanbul University, you will be guided through and rest by the amazing view of Asian side and new city from the terrace.
Duration: 30 minutes Admission Ticket Free
Hop on Bopshorus sightseeing ferry ride and admire the spectecular view of the city from a completely different perspective while sipping on a glass of Turkish tea and enjoying the beautiful views of the Old and the New at the same time.
Duration: 90 minutes Admission Ticket Not Included