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Private Tour to Ancient Hipodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace

a cruise excursion in Istanbul

Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes
Languages: EN, FR, NL, IT, ES, DE
  • Local prices from local partners
  • Timely return to your cruise ship
  • Cruise friendly cancellation policy

This private half day tour takes you along some of the most important sights of Istanbul. Your professional guide will take you to the Ancient Hipodrome, the beautiful Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace where you will visit the museum.

Your excursion starts at the cruise port of Istanbul where the guide will welcome you in Turkey with a signboard with your name on it.

After you have crossed the Galata Bridge by private A/C transport it's only a short ride to the Ancient Hipodrome where you can see the remnants of the old arena for chariot races. It was also an important venue for sport and political manifestations during Roman and Byzantine times.

Together with your guide you will walk to the nearby Blue Mosque, maybe one of the most significant landmarks of the Sultanahmet district. Not only the blue Iznik tiles but also the 6 dominant and slim minarets makes the Blue Mosque different from all other mosques.

The tour continues on foot to the Topkapi Palace. It dates back to the 15th century and played a dominant role as administrative and educational center during the Ottoman Empire. You will visit the former residence of the sultans and the museum, inlcuding the treasury and weapon section.

At the end of you excursion you are transferred back to the cruise port of Istanbul.

Why this excursion?

  • DISCOUNT FOR CHILDREN: children under 12 years old get 50% discount on the excursion price, children under 5 years old travel for free
  • Visit the ancient capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire
  • See the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace and its museum

Important remarks

  • The starting time of your excursion always corresponds with your cruise schedule
  • After your booking is confirmed you'll receive a confirmation voucher with all practical details (starting time, meeting point, how you'll recognize your guide etc)
  • Since this shore excursion involves walking, we highly recommend that you wear comfortable low-heeled shoes and casual clothes.
  • Sun glasses and hats are recommended
  • Cameras are recommended
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays: Underground cistern will be visited
  • Visit to holy places of worship such as churches, monasteries, mosques, synagogues bare shoulders and shorts are not permitted, nor shoes in mosques
  • The Standard ShoreBee Cancellation Policy applies

Included

  • Entrance fees
  • Professional Tour Guide from start till end
  • A/C Transportation

Not included

  • Meals
  • Personal Expenses, tips, etc.

Start location

This excursion starts and ends at the cruise port of Istanbul where the guide will wait for you

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