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Sultanahmet Istanbul Accessible Private Tour

See all the Istanbul highlights in 1 day!
This Istanbul accessible private tour visits all of the accessible attractions and uses accessible routes to get between them. Your professionally-licensed guide will pick you up in a van with a wheelchair lift before leading you from one fascinating attraction to the next. You will visit the world famous sights like the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Step-free routes will be used to shop in the Grand Bazaar and travel between the tourist attractions.

Other tours that you may be interested in include the Blue Mosque Istanbul Accessible Cruise Excursion by Tram (if you’d like a cheaper full-day tour and are okay with walking/rolling longer distances) or the Old City Istanbul Accessible Group Tour (if you’re okay sharing the tour with other tourists). Half day accessible van tours include the Half-day Highlights of Istanbul Handicap Accessible Tour and the Half-day Turkish Istanbul Accessible Guided Tour.

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Tour Highlights

– Hagia Sophia
– Blue Mosque (from outside)
– Hippodrome
– Grand Bazaar

Accessibility Details

The Sultanahmet Istanbul Accessible Private Tour has a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it uses a van with a wheelchair ramp that is suitable for heavy electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters. It also involves step-free routes between the tourist attractions, and the tour guide can push manual wheelchair users. It did not receive a higher accessibility rating because there are cobblestones and hills on the tour route (they are found almost everywhere in Istanbul).

After you depart your cruise ship, you’ll pass through the red buildings shown in the photo on the left. The Sultanahmet Istanbul Accessible Private Tour starts with your professionally-licensed tour guide greeting you at the Istanbul cruise terminal exit (shown in the photo on the right).

You will be comfortably transported into the Istanbul city center using a wheelchair accessible van.

Hagia Sophia
This private accessible Istanbul tour includes a visit to the Hagia Sophia which was a church from 360 AD to 1453 AD, a mosque from 1453 AD to 1931 AD, and a museum since then. It contains numerous mosaics and was the world’s largest cathedral for nearly a thousand years.

Your Hagia Sophia accessible tour will use the step-free ticket entrance located on the west side of the building (shown in the photo on the left). Your tour guide will escort you to the building entrance with the wheelchair ramp (shown in the photo on the right).
The entrance to the Hagia Sophia ia on the left side of this picture.  There is level access. This ramp leads down into the building.

The tour route inside will use the wheelchair ramp up to the former location of the altar (shown in the photo on the left). The Sultanahmet Istanbul Accessible Private Tour will avoid the steep, cobblestone covered ramp shown in the photo on the right.
This ramp leads up to the area where the altar formerly was located. This rough path and some steps lead to the upper level.

Blue Mosque
The Sultanahmet Istanbul Accessible Private Tour includes a visit to one of the most famous mosques in the world, the 400 year old Blue Mosque.   Your tour guide will explain to you the significance of the six minarets and tell you the history of this place.

Image of the Blue Mosque

This Istanbul accessible private tour will visit the Hippodrome (aka Sultanahmet Square) located just in front of the Blue Mosque. Your professionally-licensed tour guide will tell you about the chariot races held here, the 3500 year old Egyptian obelisk, the “walled obelisk”, and the Serpent Column brought here from Delphi by Constantine I in 324 AD.

Grand Bazaar
Your accessible Istanbul tour includes a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It consists of 61 covered streets and over 3000 shops. You will have time to shop in this 500+ year old market before heading to the next accessible tourist attraction

The Istanbul Grand Bazaar accessible tour will use one of the wheelchair accessible gates to enter the market (shown in the photo on the left). It will avoid entrances that have one or multiple steps (shown in the photo on the right).

Tour Details

Tour duration: 8 hours
Cost: €665 for 1 person, €690 for 2 people, €770 for 3-4 people, and €840 for 5-6 people.
* €50 off if booked as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package.
* €20 off if booked as part of an accessible Istanbul travel package
Days of the week the tour is offered:  All. However, Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday, and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.
Meet-up time: 8:30 am
Meet-up place: Cruise dock or accessible hotel lobby
Dress code: In mosques you will need to cover your knees and shoulders. Mosques can typically supply you with a piece of fabric to cover yourself. In the Blue Mosque, ladies do not need to cover their heads.
Maximum number of people on tour: The accessible van can hold 6 people.
Entrance tickets: Not included. Some entrance tickets are free for disabled visitors if they have an ID card from their home country stating the percent of their disability. Otherwise, the Hagia Sophia is 40 TL.
To review our cancellation policy, please click: HERE. Tours run rain or shine.
Not included: Entrance tickets, snacks/lunch, and gratuities.

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Read more:

Istanbul Accessible Travel – main page
Pros and Cons of Istanbul Disabled Access
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Hagia Sophia Disabled Access Review
Blue Mosque Wheelchair Accessibility
Disabled Access at Istanbul Topkapi Palace
Travel Insurance for Disabled Travelers
Accessible Hotels in Istanbul 
Istanbul Accessibility Guide by John Sage
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