Istanbul, Turkey

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Time8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Overview

Immerse yourself in Istanbul’s fascinating cultural highlights on this small-group, full-day tour in a luxury Mercedes minivan. Cruise through Istanbul in comfort and style as your expert local guide details the captivating events that shaped this great city. Hear tales of its different rulers, from the Romans to the Ottomans. Savor a 4-course traditional Turkish meal at the famous  Matbah restaurant, then tour the Chora Church, the Hagia Sophia, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and  Topkapi Palace. This tour is limited to eight people to ensure a quality experience.
  • 8-hour Imperial Istanbul tour by luxury, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan
  • Learn about Istanbul’s Imperial days when the city was known as Constantinople
  • Explore four historical Istanbul attractions with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Enjoy tours of Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Topkapi Palace, Chora Church and Hagia Sophia
  • Stop for a traditional 4-course lunch at a local traditional Turkish or Ottoman restaurant
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a personalized experience
Your full-day tour kicks off with a convenient pickup from your central hotel, located on the European-side of Istanbul. Climb into your luxury air-conditioned Mercedes minivan and settle in for a comfortable and fashionable ride. Meet your expert guide, a local who will educate you about Istanbul’s deep history. 

Stretch your legs at your first stop of the day, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum. Keep your eyes tuned to the intricate works in the exhibits as your guide explains their historical significance. Works in the museum date back as early as the 4th century. A set of handy headphones will allow you to hear your guide clearly amidst the crowds of other visitors. 

Pick up more fascinating insights from your guide en route to your next stop, such as the different rulers of Istanbul throughout history. See evidence of Roman, Ottoman, and Byzantine empires scattered throughout the streets today. 

Next, stop at Topkapi Palace, a sprawling work of architectural art built by 15th-century sultans. Stroll the maze-like quarters as you stumble upon gardens, fountains, vistas, and even the harem quarters. Listen to your guide tell stories of this unique time, and admire the intricate Ottoman décor.  

Satiate your appetite at Istanbul’s renowned Matbah restaurant, serving traditional Turkish delicacies during a 4-course lunch. See the Itinerary for a sample menu. Once you’re re-energized, continue to Chora Church, a stunning Byzantine-era monastery. 

A tour of Istanbul would not be complete without a visit to Hagia Sophia, your final stop. Tour the  museum’s Ottoman- and Byzantine-era artifacts, admire the architecture, then climb back into your Mercedes van for a brief rest on the drive back to your Istanbul hotel.

Itinerary

Sample Menu:
First course:
  • Medley of seasonal vegetables
Second course:
  • House green salad with fresh herbs
Third course:
  • Kebab-ı makiyan (grilled boneless chicken with fried onions), served alongside seasonal vegetables and green salad, garnished with fresh herbs
Dessert:
  • Baklava
Tea or coffee

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P
, Oct 2015

An excellent tour, with a very knowledgeable guide. She allowed us plenty of time to view the many sites.

B
, Jun 2015

Our tour guide was very friendly and spoke very good English. The tour started on time and they picked us up at our hotel. Our guide had our tickets pre purchased and we skipped all the lines. This saved us hours over the course of the day. We saw all the highlights. Very good would book again.

P
, Dec 2014

A full day made very enjoyable bu our guide.he gave a great deal of information without swamping us.
The history of Istanbul is so interesting that you feel privileged to hear the full story.We appreciated the lunch too!


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