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Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

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    Day 1

    Your private tour of Istanbul begins with pick-up from your central Istanbul hotel by your local guide. Day one kicks off with a walking tour through Sultanahmet, the heart of historic Istanbul, and a visit to Hagia Sophia, one of Turkey’s most magnificent monuments. Head inside to explore the magnificent basilica-mosque that was once the world’s biggest church, and marvel at the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures housed in its museum.

    A short walk from Hagia Sophia is the famous Sultanahmet Mosque, nicknamed the ‘Blue Mosque’ thanks to its striking blue tile mosaics. After admiring the lavish interiors of the Blue Mosque, continue to Topkapi Palace, where you can walk in the footsteps of the great Sultans, peek into the harem and relive the glory days of the mighty Ottoman Empire.

    Make a stop for lunch (own expense), before exploring the Roman Hippodrome, which was built in 203AD, and marvel at ancient monuments like the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. Finally, make your way through the labyrinth stalls of the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handicraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric, and it's a great place to try out your bargaining skills. 

    After a full day exploring the city, your guide will escort you back to your hotel.

    Day 2

    If you’ve chosen the 2-day tour, your guide will pick you up on the second morning and whisk you into the heart of the Spice Bazaar. You’ll learn how it’s also known as the Egyptian Market because Egyptian exports were sold there during the Ottoman era, as you browse the myriad stalls, heaped with colorful herbs, spices, nuts, and Turkish Delights.

    Next, hop aboard for a scenic cruise between two continents, as you glide down the Bosphorus – the narrow strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Keep your camera close to hand, as your guide points out the grandiose Ottoman palaces, mosques, and monuments that line the waterfront, and enjoy a fresh perspective of the city.

    Back on dry land, prepare to be impressed as you take a tour of the opulent Dolmabahce Palace, the 19th-century Ottoman palace that stands in a spectacular location along the Bosphorus.

    Finally, get a taste of life in modern Istanbul as you visit the bustling Taksim Square, and walk down the busy shopping boulevard of Istiklal Street. At the end of Istiklal Street, arrive in the historic Galata district, where you can explore the cobbled lanes and quirky boutiques, or climb the Galata Tower for a stunning view over the city.

    After a full day exploring the city, your guide will escort you back to your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up from Taksim , Old City hotels
    We do not meet at Asia , Airport hotels and located more than 15 km away from old city

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    Istanbul
    Duration
    8h
    Inclusions
    • Professional guide
    • 1 or 2 days (depending on option selected)
    • Private Tour
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • 1-way transportation ticket (costs 3 TL, the equivalent of roughly 1 EUR.
    • Overnight Accommodation
    • Landing and facility fees
    • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
    • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace
    • Entry/Admission - Bosphorus Cruise
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • The following attractions will be closed on Grand Bazaar Sundays, Topkapi Palace Tuesdays and Dolmabace Palace Mondays and Thursdays. If the museum is closed on your chosen day, the local supplier will move the itinerary to the next available day. If not, they will replace the tour with a trip to the underground cistern or Galata tower
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    This tour is an absolutely wonderful way to experience many of the top sights in Istanbul. My tour guide Dennis went above and beyond my expectations. Dennis was prompt in picking me up from my hotel and we immediately went to see the sights. He...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank safo95
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    Excellent tour of Istanbul highlights (Sultanahmet Square, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar). Our guide Saban was awesome. He provided us a lot of interesting information for each site and answered all of our questions. He planned our route to minimise time waiting...More

    Thank 757cava
    Reviewed July 21, 2019

    We were 2 adults with 2 children, ages 14 and 11, and decided to take this 2 day tour since we only had a 3 day stay in Istanbul and did not feel like we wanted the hassle of making all the plans and decisions...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Mihnea D
    Reviewed July 7, 2019 via mobile

    Superb guide, Alper, spoke fluent English. Did it at our pace - very patient. Took us wherever we asked. Ten out of ten.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Businesstravellercla
    Reviewed January 21, 2019

    Did the 1 day private tour and it was better than I had even expected. My guide Pinar was impressively knowledgeable about the history and architecture of the area, not surprising as she is an arts history major. I feel like I made a friend...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank jane6538
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