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Type Private Tour
Schedule Everyday
Enjoy a half-day tour in Istanbul’s old city, Sultanahmet. Explore Topkapi Palace, home the Ottoman Sultans and the seat of Ottoman government, and see the splendor of the height of classical Ottoman power in the Blue mosque.
Itinerary:
Your guide will pick you up from the port begin your tour of Sultanahmet. First you will go to Topkapi Palace, the official residence of the sultans of the Ottoman Empire, as well as the center of state administration. You will be able to see the artifacts of the sultan’s wealth and his harem and get a feel for life in the court of the sultan. After exploring the palace, you will continue onto the nearby Blue Mosque, which is considered to the the culmination of the architectural traditions of both Byzantine Constantinople and Ottoman Istanbul in the classical era. It incorporates elements of Islamic architecture along with the influence of Byzantine basilica design as seen in the neighboring Hagia Sophia. It is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period. After touring the mosque, your guide will return you to your ship after a tour of approximately 4 hours.

NOTES
- Harem section-located inside of Topkapi Palace costs USD 20.
- Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays.
Included:
  • Pick up services from Istanbul Port and return
  • All transfers by a comfortable A/C vehicle
  • English speaking guide during the tour
  • Private driver during the tour
  • Entrance fees to all the mentioned sites
  • All taxes and service charge
Excluded:
  • Personal spendings
  • Tipping
  2-3 Pax4-5 Pax6-10 Pax 11+ Pax
Price Per Person $ 135 $ 85 $ 78 $ 75
  • Tour and Prices

    Tour price currency is set to USD but you can pay in Euro or British pound. The prices quoted per person per tour all inclusive and prices are always updated to ensure you receive the lowest price possible. Once your tour is confirmed we guarantee the price will not be changed.

  • Children Policy

    0 - 05.99 Free of Charge
    6 - 11.99 pay 50% of tour price
    12+ pay full tour price as per adult person
    If your tour includes airfare then an extra charge for child rate may apply.

  • Deposit and Balance of Payment

    A down payment (25%) will be required when confirming your booking as requested and can be paid by credit or debit card (Visa / MasterCard) via Verisign Secured payment system on our website. The balance of payment (75%) will be required on arrival / pick up, to be paid to your tour director by credit / debit card or in cash.

  • Tour Voucher

    After your tour is confirmed we will email final confirmation and voucher to print and bring with you. Details will include contact numbers of your tour operator and customer care and additional information for your convenience.

  • Cancellation Policy

    Memphis Tours does not charge a cancellation fee for tours and excursions cancelled for ‘force majeure’ reasons such as volcanoes, earthquakes, or reasons beyond control. If cancellation happens due to personal or business reasons and Memphis Tours has already incurred costs on your behalf, these costs will be transferred to you.
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Best Time to Visit Turkey
Spring and autumn are the ideal times to visit Istanbul and the inland regions. The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are typically like the Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. As you travel further east in Turkey the extremes in climate become more pronounced with very hot and dry summers reaching highs of 40°C and bitterly cold winters with heavy snowfall.
Flying to Turkey
Istanbul for comfort and quality – Turkish Airlines & Delta Airlines (Daily and Scheduled Airlines only)
Flying Time
09 hours 30 minutes direct from New York
10 hours direct from Washington
Time Difference
Standard Time = GMT+2 hours
Summer Time = GMT+3 hours
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Required - obtainable an e-Visa online by your credit or debit card before you travel costs $20 or on arrival
Health Requirements
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip includes measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot
Clothing
Most citizens of Turkey are Muslims, but Turkish society is secular and modern, so European dress styles prevail. For your holiday in Turkey, dress the same as you wear in your country
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