Half day The Splendors of Istanbul tour

  • Monday (Except Hagia Sophia Museum)
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday ( Except Grand Covered Bazaar )


Duration : 8 hours

Shoes must be removed to enter a Mosque, and you may be required to carry them with you in a plastic bag during your visit. We suggest bringing socks to slip on if you are not wearing them. Women should carry a scarf because they may be asked to cover their heads. Bare shoulders, shorts, and dresses above the knee are not allowed.

Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays

Topkapi Palace is closed Tuesdays

Half day The Splendors of Istanbul tour

Join us on this introductory excursion to explore the essential attractions of Istanbul, pearl of the Bosphorus. Board your air-conditioned motor coach and cross the Galata Bridge to the Old Town of Constantinople. It takes little effort to imagine thundering chariots and the cheers of excited spectators as you view the remains of the Byzantine Hippodrome. Rome’s great Circus Maximus inspired the huge square. You will also glimpse the pink granite Obelisk of Theodosius and the Serpentine Column, Istanbul’s oldest Greek monument.

Sultan Ahmet Camii, better known as the Blue Mosque, takes its nickname from the cerulean cast of its intricately tiled interior. Take a moment to view the impressive minarets that soar skyward. Then, remove your shoes at the mosque’s entrance and cross rich layers of carpet that have been donated by the Muslim faithful over the years. Opposite the famous mosque is the ancient Basilica of St. Sophia. Now a museum, the great church was built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by the Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. As you approach on foot, observe its immense dome, which rises to a height of 150 feet. For 1,000 years, this dome earned the distinction as the “world’s largest frescoes and mosaics adorn its antique interior. Next, visit the famous Grand Bazaar with over 5,000 shops located in a maze of lanes and alleys. It is filled with thousands of curios, including carpets, fabrics, clothing, furniture and gold jewelry. A short walk along one of the main alleys will provide you with a glimpse of this amazing place. End of the private Istanbul tour, board the vehicle and return to your hotel, cruise line or airport.