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Istanbul Imperial: Full-day Private City Tour

Istanbul Imperial: Full-day Private City Tour

From US$ 139.20 per group up to 1

Discover the magic of imperial Istanbul on a 7-hour tour with private guide, Visit city highlights, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cisterns, Topkapi Palace, and more. End at the thrilling Grand Bazaar and pick up some souvenir bargains.

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Duration 8 hours
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Spanish, English, Italian
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  • Explore the Roman, Ottoman and Byzantine empires of Istanbul
  • See the site of former chariot races at the Hippodrome
  • Admire the minarets and blue Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque
  • Visit the city's iconic Hagia Sophia, and discover the mix Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic civilizations
  • Descend to the watery depths of the Basilica Cistern
  • Shop for souvenir bargains at the immense Grand Bazaar
Full description
Explore the highlights of imperial Istanbul on a private 7-hour tour that takes in the major attractions of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being a private tour, the itinerary can be adjusted to fulfill your specific needs and wishes. From the iconic Hagia Sophia to the Blue Mosque, and from the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, to the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople, you will learn about Istanbul and Turkey's history, culture, and traditions, and gain an insight into the daily life of its inhabitants, discovering aspects of the city that tourists often miss. Start your tour at the Hippodrome, the former circus where Roman horse-chariots used to race to the cheers of the crowds. Three monuments survive from the original building, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. Continue to the Blue Mosque, a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture that combines Islamic and Byzantine elements. Officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, it is the mosque’s striking blue tiles that give it the more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Move to the nearby Topkapi Palace, former residence of the sultans of Turkey for 400 years and a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. In its heyday the palace boasted a population of about 4,000 people and was home to 25 different sultans. Hagia Sophia embodies the mix of the 3 great civilizations - Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic - and is the next stop on your tour, before going to the fascinating Basilica Cistern, where you will descend into its depths and stare at 1001 columns in the magical subterranean atmosphere. End at the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest closed markets in the world. Explore the maze of stalls and galleries and try you hand at bargaining for handmade carpets, evil eye trinkets, and antiques. Listen out for the babble of more than 100 languages, and try a strong Turkish coffee to set you on your way.
  • Private guided tour in English, Italian, or Spanish
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport fees
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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  • Children up to 12 years can join for free
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Cem went above and beyond my expectations. Having studied history at the University, he was like a library full of knowledge. He knew all the ins and outs of the city, all the shortcuts, and all the highlights to see. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many things in a full day tour. Jampacked, which was exactly what I asked for. We even had time to add on a Bosphorous river cruise. Amazing lunch at a great restaurant at the spice bazaar that did not feel like a typical tourist “kick-back for the tour guide” lunch spot. Truly exceptional. Highly recommended.

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August 12, 2021

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