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Shore Excursions: Istanbul Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar

Everyone's talking about the Highlights of Istanbul

Tour Highlights:

  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from your cruise port
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people or private tour
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule
Adult (Ages 10+)
Child (Ages 3-9)
Infant (Ages 0-2)
Private Starts with min 2 people

Shore Excursions: Istanbul Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar Tour

Meet your local, expert guide at the port right after your ship has docked. Join your small group to see the top sites in Istanbul on a full-day tour. There’s a short tram ride from the dock to the Old Town of Sultanahmet. Take advantage of your walking tour instead of sitting on a bus in traffic and maximize your time.

Start your tour in Sultanahmet Square and enjoy a scenic stroll around and witness the local life with a professional guide.

Continue your journey to Topkapi Palace. Avoid the very long line with your skip-the-line tickets.
Walk the palace grounds, gardens, and courtyards of Topkapi on a guided tour to witness the glory of the Ottomans.

Visit the Palace complex of low buildings and pavilions, kiosks, and courtyards. Enjoy walking the outer terraced gardens, where flowerbeds blaze with tulips of many colors, and climb the high terrace to admire the view over the Golden Horn, too.

Afterwards, let your guide walk you through the old town to the Grand Bazaar. Discover this classic example of Ottoman civil architecture. Dive into excellent shopping opportunities in Turkey’s largest and oldest covered market with help from your expert guide.
Enjoy the bazaar’s intricate geography and swarming passageways. Learn the local knowledge about the oldest shops, exotic goods, and talented craftsmen. Get tips from your guide at the end of the tour about what to see next.

Choose to spend free time in the Grand Bazaar or follow your guide back to the ship.