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Explore Istanbul: A Full Day of Private Old City Tour with Lunch

Duration

8 hours (Approx)

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

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Guide Language

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Overview

We are inviting you to explore the historical sites of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s Old City area with us. On this tour we will visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia, one of the 7 Wonders of the Medieval World, the Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman sultans, the stunning Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Egyptian Obelisk, The Serpentine Column, the Fountain of Wilhelm II and the Grand Bazaar. Join us for an unforgettable adventure, for a walk to remember on the streets of the historical old city of Istanbul.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • See the Hagia Sophia, one of the 7 Wonders of the Medieval World
  • Visit the Hippodrome, the site of sporting events over 2,000 years ago
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and most famous covered bazaar
  • Explore the residence of the Ottoman sultans, the Topkapi Palace
  • Admire the architectural masterpiece, the Blue Mosque
  • Get to see the Serpentine Column, the Egyptian Obelisk and the Fountain of Wilhelm II and hear stories about them from a professional guide
  • Enjoy the private service designed only for you and your loved ones

Itinerary

This is a private tour designed only for you and your loved ones.

Our tour starts with our guide welcoming us on our hotel lobby at 09.00 am. Then our great adventure to Istanbul’s historical old city begins.

Our first stop is the Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans. f we will enjoy a great tour in this spectacular museum, that is well known for its collection of royal treasures. Our guide will tell us about 4 centuries of glorious victories as well as tragic times.

Then we are taking a walk to Hagia Sophia along a cobblestone road lined with old Ottoman-era houses. This 6th century church, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, features stunning mosaics. We learn about the history of the structure and hear some stories about it from our guide.

After a delicious lunch break, we are walking to the site of the Hippodrome, the center of sportive and political activities in ancient Constantinople. We will see the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the Fountain of Willhelm II, that is also known as the German Fountain.

We are heading to the Blue Mosque, built in the 17th century, and also known as the Sultanahment Mosque, is one of the principal adornments of the Istanbul skyline. There we will be amazed by the magical interiors of the mosque covered with blue Iznik tiles for leaving this unique mosque 6 minarets.

Our final stop will be the Grand Bazaar where we will learn the history of this lively place from our guide. We will wander among over 4000 shops, make some souvenir shopping for our loved ones and practice our bargaining skills with the vendors selling countless types of products from sweets, spices, jewelry to fabrics, traditional carpets, leather works and belly dance costumes.
Our tour ends between 16:00-17:00 pm and we are being transferred to our hotels after fulfilling, memorable journey.
Prepare for the activity
Know before you go
• Be sure to provide your hotel details and contact details
• The Harem at Topkapi Palace is not included in the itinerary
• Note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday
Pickup included
Pick-up at hotels and port in the city center.

Included/Excluded

  • Pick-up and drop off at city center hotels
  • Entrance fees
  • Private guide
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Tips

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