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Shore Excursions: Istanbul Highlights Half Day Tour

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 Base price for 2 people

Shore Excursions: Istanbul Highlights Half Day Tour

Istanbul’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage and is the most atmospheric area of the capital. On this shore excursion, maximize your time in port with a guided walking tour of the highlights of Istanbul and benefit from a small-group size, ensuring extra attention from your guide. You can choose to book a private tour, too.

Visit the Blue Mosque and check out Istanbul’s greatest Islamic monument with your expert guide. Marvel at this imperial Ottoman Mosque, commissioned by Sultan Ahmet the first and the last one built in this grand size. Witness the evocative power and splendor of its past as you enjoy a comprehensive guided tour of the Blue Mosque and its complementary buildings with a professional guide.

Afterward, enjoy the courtyard for breathtaking views of modern Istanbulites and take a gentle stroll around the neighborhood.

Visit the Hagia Sophia and witness the most significant site of the Greek Orthodox religion in Istanbul and learn how it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople.

Explore the museum with a licensed guide and in the interiors, see elements of a mosque and a church standing next to each other.

Admire the basilica’s stunning dome and minarets, and countless mosaics, paintings, columns, and mosaic gallery. Learn how the impressive İznik tiles were added over time in the Mosque, how the stunning Virgin Mary mosaic was made, and why the Ottomans chose to bury their sultans in the courtyard.

Head out to Topkapi Palace and learn about the Ottomans with an immersion into the heart of the great Ottoman Empire, which was ruled by the Sultans. They lived in Topkapi’s hundreds of rooms with a vast family and servants.

Today, Topkapı Palace is a romantic scene with views of the Bosporus in Istanbul and with many sections open for visits; it takes a few hours to enjoy the palace and its vast grounds.