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1 Day Istanbul Conquered Tour

Journey in the footsteps of the city's most famous ruler and conquer Istanbul in just a day.

Itinerary

Can you “conquer” Istanbul in just one day? We’re certainly going to try! Take a journey from Byzantium to Constantinople to Sultan Mehmet Fatih’s city of Islam on this historical tour that stops at some of the most iconic sites in Turkey while also showing you the city’s exciting present.

Start your Istanbul tour with a dose of awe at Justinian the Great’s Hagia Sophia. This masterpiece of Byzantine architecture stands tall and proud in downtown Istanbul, holding within its walls more than 1,500 years of Turkish history. This mind boggling beautiful site is also somewhat of a chameleon it has lived its long life as a church, a mosque, and now as a museum. It’s also a movie star, anyone who’s seen From Russia with Love will feel a bit like James Bond when they step inside.

You’ll then head just across the street to the jewel in the Istanbul crown. Sultan Ahmet I’s Blue Mosque is one of the most striking sights in Istanbul, with its iconic blue-tiled walls (the tiles number in the tens of thousands), 260 windows, and six minarets. Don’t forget to ask your guide the significance of those six spires.

Next, your Istanbul city tour will take you to the ancient Hippodrome. Today, this charming promenade is a popular meeting point for Istanbulites, but it is also an integral part of Turkish history. Chariot races once took place along this strip, which was also home to the notorious Nika riots, a dramatic political protest in 532 AD that led to the massacre of tens of thousands of people.

Need a break? We’ll step back to the present and join the locals as we lunch in a hidden cafe. You’ll enjoy friendly conversation with members of the community and learn about daily life in Istanbul.

Once you’re filled with Turkish cuisine, Topkapi Palace awaits. This opulent complex overlooking the Bosphorus is a true Istanbul treasure, with many colourful stories about the rich sultans who lived there between 1453 and 1839.

Lastly, you’ll seek out treasures of a different kind in Istanbul’s famed Grand Bazaar, which offers up 3,000 shops to explore along 61 streets. Meet a few of the local characters, perfect your haggling skills, have a true Turkish coffee, and shop till you drop.

Note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, so if you choose a Sunday departure, you’ll explore the nearby vibrant Spice Market, filled with delectable and colourful Turkish spices, treats, coffees, and teas.

Highlights

  •  Visit the mesmerizing ancient site of Hagia Sophia and marvel at this masterpiece of Byzantium history
  •  Take in the majestic Blue Mosque and learn about the delicate, intricate work that makes up this world-famous site
  •  Listen to colourful stories of sultans at Topkapi Palace and explore all the site's ancient treasures
  •  Enjoy a tasty Turkish lunch with locals in a hidden cafe
  •  Haggle with local vendors and get lost in the labyrinth of alleys that make up the famous Grand Bazaar

Details

Confirmation
48 Hours
Duration
Full Day
Transport
N/A
Voucher Type
E-Voucher
Amendment
Refer to T&Cs
Refund
Refer to T&Cs

Operating Hours

Tour Starts Time: 08:30hrs

What You Get

Includes

  • Meals: 1 tea, 1 coffee, 1 lunch
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entry fees

Excludes

  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities for your local guide

Additional Information

  • What to wear: Modest clothing, easy slip on shoes
  • This is a child-friendly tour. 
  • Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge.
  • Child Price: Age 6-11 years old
  • Meeting Point: Pudding Shop Lale Restaurant, Divanyolu Caddesi No.6 34400, Sultanahmet, Istanbul.
  • How to get to Meeting Point: The restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines runs through Sultanahmet, approximately a three minute walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop.

How To Use 

  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher for this activity
  • This voucher is only valid on the date and time specified

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 6 days or less prior the departure date
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Amendment Policy:

  • All amendments are subject to availability
  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
Adult
$156.00
$146.00
Age: 12 & above
Child
$110.00
$103.00
Age: 6-11 years

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