Duration 7-8 hours with licensed tour guide.
Pick up locations: Istanbul town center Hotels , Port and Airport
This guided private City tour of the old historical quarter starts after breakfast, when you are picked up from the hotel or if you are traveling by cruise ship, in front of passenger Terminal of Istanbul port, your licensed tour guide. Begin with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its jewel encrusted treasury and elegant four courts. After a lunch break, visit the main sights around Sultanahmet Square, including the famous Agia Sophia Museum, once the largest Greek Orthodox church in the world for 1000 years, and decorated with stunning 6th century golden mosaics. Then visit the Blue Mosque, designed with 6 delicate minarets and a striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Nearby, take a stroll through the site of the ancient Hippodrome, once the sporting ground of chariots and political riots, and see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Fountain of Wilhelm II. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over unusual antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry and richly textured fabrics. At the end of the tour drop off at your hotel or at the cruise ship at the port of Istanbul.
Sunday Note: Grand Covered Bazaar is closed on Sundays. If your tour is on Sunday you will be taken to a handycraft shopping center which will have leather, tiles, carpet, jevelery.
Monday Notes: St. Sophia Church is closed on Mondays. If your tour is on Monday you will be taken to the CISTERN BASILICA
Tuesday Notes: Topkapi Palace is closed onTuesdays.
If your tour is on Tuesday you will be taken to the Archaeological Museum
Please note that the Blue Mosque is not wheelchair accessible
Note- If additional time is available during your tour, many guides will ask if you are interested in seeing how Turkish carpets are made. These free demonstrations are very interesting and quite informative, but they are also a selling opportunity. Decide on your interest and tell your tour guide clearly whether it interests you or not. You should never feel obligated to make a purchase on any tour.
Please note that In Full Day private tour of Old City Byzantian and Ottoman Relics , lunch, and entrance fees, are included in the price.
Standard Lunch: During your private tour will be provided lunch in a Turkish restaurant.
If you are traveling by airplane, you will meet our licensed tour guide at the arrival hall of Istanbul international airport, at the end of the tour will be driven back to airport.
Private Vehicle, fuels, tolls (wherever exist), parking fee, English-speaking driver, Professional English or French-speaking guide,Entrance fees, Lunch, VAT and all taxes.
* NOTE: !!! Our Guides are official licensed
** NOTE: !!! Our Drivers are Professionals and English speaking.
Please note that in case you may wish to book a private tour through our website, in no way means that you are obliged to follow the exact route of showing the proposed tour.
You have the ability to change the order of the sites, to remove or add attractions, provided it does not exceed the time duration and distances that you have already booked.
We are flexible to any changes that you may wish during your private tour, our aim is your complete satisfaction.
Our drivers and our licensed tour guides are at your disposal in order to provide you with the best service.
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