Best of Istanbul: Private Guided Tour to the Old City
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Best of Istanbul: Private Guided Tour to the Old City

Free cancellation
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: 7 hours
Do this because
  • Visit historical Istanbul streets with a local tour guide
  • Expand your knowledge with the explanations of your private guide
  • Customize your flexible itinerary by talking with your guide and set your pace accordingly
What to expect

Meet your tour guide in your hotel or cruise port and start the tour with the highlights of Istanbul:

Hagia Sophia, the renown structure built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, which played a very important role in both the Christian and Islamic world. After the Ottoman conquest the bells, the altar, the iconostasis, and the sacrificial vessels were removed, and many of the mosaics were eventually plastered over to convert the church into a mosque first, then a museum, and now the structure has become a mosque for second time.

The Hippodrome, where the chariot races were held during the Roman Empire.

The Basilica Cistern is a subterranean wonder and one of the greatest of Istanbul’s surviving Byzantine sites, in fact it is a former water storage chamber.

The Blue Mosque, built in the early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet I, it is a truly magnificent masterpiece of architecture with amazingly delicate proportions for a building of such massive scale.

The Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with over 4,000 shops.

Topkapi Palace: more than just an imperial residence of Ottoman sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years. Topkapi Palace is a great monument of Oriental architecture.

After your tour, guide will accompany you on the way back to your hotel.

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What's included
  • Private Tour
  • Professional Local Guide
What's not included
  • Transportation
  • Museum/Attraction Tickets
  • Lunch, Drinks
  • Gratuity
Where

Alemdar, Basilica Cistern, Yerebatan Caddesi, Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Meeting point:

Your guide will be wearing a tour guide badge.

What to remember
  • Prices are per group (1-8 people) and not per person
  • Museum tickets are not included in the price of this tour and children under 7 can get free entrance tickets in museums: please make sure that you have the passport of children as museums will verify their ages for free tickets
  • Your guide will meet you in hotels in the areas of Sultanahmet, Taksim, Beyoglu, Ortakoy, Laleli, Sisli and Besiktas and start the tour from there. If your hotel or place of stay is outside these areas, by talking with your local service supplier, you can arrange a pick-up point or set a meeting point with your guide
  • Your tour guide will make necessary changes such as switching/swapping sites when the museums are closed
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, Hagia Sophia entrance will be restricted during praying time, the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and the Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays
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When
  • Every day at 9:00am, 09:30am, 10:00am
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Provider
Guided Istanbul Tours
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the activity begins.

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