This is a private tour designed only for you and your loved ones.
On this 2-day private that is designed for Saturday and Sunday, we will see the important historical sites Istanbul, the city of two continents, including mosques, palaces and bazaars. We will also enjoy a Bosphorus cruise accompanied by the great city views.
Day 1 (Saturday)
Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Grand Bazaar
Our weekend tour of Istanbul starts at the Hippodrome, which was once the center of early Byzantine social and recreational life. Its name refers to the fact that it was used as a site for chariot races.
Next we are taking a short walk to the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Its exceptional architectural design features 1 main dome, 8 secondary domes, and 6 minarets. Its name comes from the blue tiles used in the interior design.
Topkapi Palace, constructed in 1459, served as the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 4 centuries. The site features several buildings and in the palace itself. In Topkapi Palace we get to see collections of Imperial and Ottoman utensils, relics, caftans, and portraits of the sultans and learn about the daily life in the palace.
After lunch, we are heading to the magnificent Hagia Sophia, which is a sacred worshipping place for both Orthodox Christians and Muslims. It functioned as an Eastern Orthodox church from 537, when it was first built, until 1453. When Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, the hall became an imperial mosque and served in this capacity for nearly 5 centuries. In 1935 Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum.
Lastly, we are visiting the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. This vast market features 61 covered streets and over 3,000 stores, offering almost anything you might need. The Grand Bazaar, built during the years 1455-1461, is a lively part of the old city of Istanbul.
Day 2 (Sunday):
Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Tour, Spice Market, Rustem Pasha Mosque
The Sunday tour begins with a visit to Dolmabahce Palace, which is one of the most impressive buildings in Istanbul. Its construction began in 1842 and took 12 years to complete.
After visiting the palace, we will see Rustem Pasha Mosque, one of the most interesting Ottoman mosques in Istanbul. Built from 1560-1563, the mosque is one of the many works of the famous imperial architect Mimar Sinan. It is known for its Iznik tiles and stunning floral motifs.
We are taking a lunch break, before heading to the Spice Bazaar, where we will see all kinds of spices and delights from Turkey, and other countries as well. In addition to the spices we can find caviar, jewelry, souvenirs, and more. It is a good place for some souvenir shopping for our loved ones.
Our tour ends with a refreshing Bosphorus cruise. We will be able to see both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul and admire landmarks such as Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and Küçüksu Mosque. We will see the luxurious wooden houses, known as yali, that were built along the strait.