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Istanbul Old City Tour: Topkapi and Hagia Sophia Private Tour

Duration

5 hours (Approx)

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

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Guide Language

Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Overview

We are inviting you to enjoy a walking tour through the heart of Istanbul’s old city, Sultanahmet. In this tour, we will have the chance to visit Istanbul’s most popular landmarks, the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace and its Harem as a bonus. We will enjoy a memorable day without the trouble of long lines and learned great information and stories about the history of these sightseeings.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the two major highlights of historical Istanbul on a small group or private tour
  • See the Hagia Sophia, enjoy the mosaics gallery get information about its history
  • Take a tour in the Topkapi Palace and learn about Ottoman history and daily life in the palace from our professional tour guide
  • Visit the Harem, the restricted area in Topkapi Palace to get more insight about Ottoman sultans’ life
  • 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.

We are meeting with our professional guide in front of the splendid Hagia Sophia to start our tour.

Our adventure starts in Hagia Sophia where we can climb up the gallery with our guide to see the mosaics surviving from this ancient church, former mosque, and now internationally famous museum. Holding great importance for both Muslims and Orthodox Christians, Hagia Sophia has been an important sacred worshipping place for centuries.

We are continuing our journey and heading to Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans. Here we can explore the palace grounds, courtyards, and its Harem on a guided tour. Harem, is a restricted area, ruled by the Queen Mother who wielded domestic and political power. The harem housed hundreds of women and family members as well as hundreds of eunuchs, who performed a wide range of duties. Marvel at its opulence and mystery and learn about this period in Istanbul's history.

We will see the several exhibitions inside the palace as we admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran. Our tour will end with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens.
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Meeting point
Infront of Hagia Sophia

Included/Excluded

  • Skip-the-line tickets to Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace
  • Professional licensed local guide
  • Small-group tour (maximum 12 people) or a private walking tour (depending on option chosen)
  • Walking tour
  • Guided visit of the Harem
  • Lunch

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