Half-day private tour of the world heritage area of Istanbul
Istanbul Delights is a half-day (5 hours approx. ) private guided tour of the city. If your time is limited, joining this tour you will visit all the must-see monuments of Istanbul, getting the best the city has to offer.
The tour takes place in the Sultanahmet district, the peninsula between Europe and Asia, where over two thousand years Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans built their empires. We will stroll around the ancient part of the city, an area selected as "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO.
We will also gain an insight into the daily life of its inhabitants, discovering some aspects of the city which tourists normally ignore.
In an unforgettable day, we will learn a lot about the history, culture, and traditions of ancient and present-day Istanbul.
Please note that being a private tour, the itinerary will be tailor-made to suit your needs and wishes.
This is only a suggested itinerary which can be adjusted to suit your specific needs and wishes.
Tour highlights (in the visiting order)
- Blue Mosque (cannot be visited on Friday before 3 p. m. )
- Hagia Sophia (closed on Monday). If your visit comes to Monday or if you wish it can be replaced with the visiting of Topkapı Palace
- Grand Bazaar (closed on Sunday)
Tour starts at the Hippodrome, the former circus where Roman horse-chariots used to race to the cheers of the crowds.
We'll continue to the Blue Mosque, a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture that combines Islamic and Byzantine elements.
The wonderful Hagia Sophia (closed on Monday) embodies the mix of the 3 great civilizations - Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic.
The tour ends at the Grand Bazaar (closed on Sunday), one of the largest and oldest closed markets in the world. We will explore the maze of stalls and galleries where you can bargain for handmade carpets and antiques.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Reception of your hotel, apartment, cruise ship terminal or in front of "Hagia Sophia Museum".
The tour price should be updated in case of your address is located on the Asian side of Istanbul ( please contact me to request an updated price)
End location: Same as meeting location
Duration: 4 hours
Duration can be affected by traffic and weather conditions
This is mainly a walking tour however we will use Transport as described; we will use public transport (tram, metro, bus and boat)
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 Turkish Lira - Estimated local payment is given for the payments of museum tickets and transport fees (per person) because credit card is mostly accepted in restaurants and stores.
If you don't have any opportunity to change your money before the tour, don't worry about it, we can change easily in change office as you need with the best rate.
In restaurans the avarage tip rate is %10 and can be paid in Usd. or Euro as well.
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was very happy with the tour given by Cem B. Together we toured the major sites around Sultanahmet Square & he gave detailed information of both historical & artistic/architectural nature on everything. He was so well informed & extremely eager to please,& I could tell that he enjoyed his work immensely & that he takes great pains to make sure that his clients are happy. We ended the evening with a snack of local food where we shared our personal interpretations of the day.
Barbara Solley II