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Bodrum > Bodrum Istanbul Day Trip

Bodrum Istanbul Day Trip (By Plane)

  Last Updated: March 26, 2024

The very mention of Istanbul should conjure images of minarets on the horizon, the cry of the birds flying over the Bosphorous, right down to the aromatic, noisy streets, where modern Istanbul sits hand in hand with the ancient sites of the city.   Istanbul has been a thriving city for centuries, the streets seem to welcome the visitor into its plethora of sounds and sights that fill the senses.  A whole world away from the tourist resort of Bodrum, Istanbul is akin to a vast open air theme park that you will never tire of travelling to.

However, unlike any theme park in the world, Istanbul offers you some of the most famous and beautiful architecture imaginable, with its rich history and tales of conquering Sultans, it is impossible not to be caught up in its magical web.  This is a place to which you will want to return time and time again.

Bodrum Istanbul Tour Price

In 2024, price of Day Tour from Bodrum to Istanbul is 200 € for adults, free for children at and under 2 years old.

Adult12 years and older€200
Child3 — 11 years old€200
Infant0 — 3 years oldFree

Includes / Excludes

  • Hotel Transfer (Both Ways)
  • Return Flight Tickets
  • Professional Guiding Service
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Comfortable Bus (Full A/C)
  • Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Drinks

Bodrum Istanbul Day Trip Itinerary

This is a very early morning pickup from your Bodrum hotel.  You will be taken, via comfortable transport, to the airport where your professional guide for the day will greet you.  From there you will make the one hour flight to Istanbul.  On arrival at the airport in Istanbul (it really is that quick and easy) you will travel into the city, by air conditioned tour coach.

Your first stop will be the famous Sultan Ahmet Square, home to the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and Hagia Sophia Mosque.

The Blue Mosque is your first visit.  Your guide will take you through this beautiful building, known for the blue tiles that adorn the inner walls and give you all the information required to fully appreciate this architectural wonder. 

Just outside the Blue Mosque is the ancient Hippodrome.  You can still, to this day, make out the shape of this ancient meeting point of Byzantine emperors.  The original Palace, which was attached to the Hippodrome, was dismantled by the Ottoman Turks who took the city in the 15th century.  This entire area is built over a warren of antique streets and buildings, most of which you will never see on your tour.

Your guide will show you the German fountains, with their bright golden mosaics before giving you some free time in Sultan Ahmet Square, to browse or shop, or simply take a light lunch at one of the nearby restaurants.  During your free time you could also visit the Hagia Sophia Mosque, once a Christian cathedral, but reclaimed and adapted as a Mosque.  Of equal beauty to the Blue Mosque, this is also well worth a visit.  Once your free time in Sultan Ahmet comes to an end, your guide will take you to the Topkapi Palace.

This was the home of Sultans since the 15th century, a magnificent palace built as a home and a seat of local government, to replace the palace dismantled and destroyed after the seige of Istanbul.  This is no disappointment with its sumptuous decor and warren of large halls and rooms, all with that magnificent backdrop of Istanbul from the terraces.

Still in the Sultan Ahmet area and, as if all of this isn’t enough, your next stop will be the Spice Bazaar!  Sometimes known as the Egyptian Bazaar, this is an ancient and still functioning market place.  Pictures of the Bazaar have adorned magazines for almost a hundred years, but nothing can prepare you for the aromatic herbs and spices that invade your senses  in this antique venue.  Here you will have free time to explore and maybe purchase those precious spices that turn the ordinary fare into a treat of ‘Turkish Delight’.

As your day is coming to a close you will have a little free time, in which you can take a meal in the amazing ambience of Sultan Ahmet square or, if you are wishing to see a little of Istanbul from the waterline, take an evening cruise along Sultan Ahmet, and take the time to relax.

You will finally return to the airport and commence your homebound journey back to Bodrum,left under the spell of Istanbul and its spellbinding ambience.


How much is Bodrum Istanbul Day Tour?

Cost of Istanbul Day Trip from Bodrum is 200 € for adults and free for children under 2 years old in 2024.

What should i take with me?

First thing is comfortable footwear.  Your suncream, glasses and a good hat are also recommended. 

Bring money with you as there is so much to see and purchase.  In this vein don’t forget your camera!

What should i wear?

First thing is comfortable footwear.  Your suncream, glasses and a good hat are also recommended. 

Bring money with you as there is so much to see and purchase.  In this vein don’t forget your camera!

Will my family be able to do this tour?

Young children may find it too tiring and people with mobility difficulties also. 

There are many seating areas in Sultan Ahmet Square if you just need to sit and take five minutes, but overall, anyone with walking difficulties should not go.

When do the tour go?

You will be given the date and day details by your operator, but the times are leaving your hotel at 04:00 with an expected return time at around 23:00.  The flight time from Bodrum airport to Istanbul is approximately one hour each way.  This is an internal flight, easy to do, and with your guide all the way.

What's Included?

Your ticket includes transfer to and from both airports as well as your return flight to Istanbul.  A professional guide service throughout the tour is also included as is your transport once in Istanbul. Entrance fees to museums and insurance is also covered.

Is there anything not included?

Your meals are not included.  It is recommended that you bring a packed breakfast or purchase one at the airport.  Lunch and dinner are not included but are payable locally in Sultan Ahmet, with prices to suit every pocket.

If you decide to take the option of visiting Harem at the Topkapi Palace, this entrance fee is not included.

The Bosphorous evening cruise is also not included, but payable in Istanbul as an optional extra.

Your personal expenses such as refreshments, food or purchases made throughout the day are not included in your ticket price.

Do i need my passport?

Do not forget your passport. Even though this is classed as a domestic or internal flight, you will still need to show your passport and any other related paperwork, at Bodrum and Istanbul airports.

Operated by: Air Istanbul