Highlights of İstanbul - private tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Museums / Culture, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 10



Turkish (fluent), English (fluent)

Topkapı Palace, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Hagia Sohia, Hipodrome and Grand Bazaar with a private guide

I will greet you at your hotel at 0900 to begin your walking tour in the capital of three great empires. The BASİLİCA CİSTERN (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı - "Sunken Palace"), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian ITOPKAPI PALACE, the former imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled for nearly 400 years. Today a spectacular museum, it is famous for its collections of treasury of the Ottoman Royal Family. From Topkapi Palace you walk to HAGIA SOPHIA This 6th century church, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, welcomes you with its legends and mosaics. You will have a chance to touch the history of this church, a main attraction of the city since its construction. After lunch you will walk to BLUE MOSQUE, One of the biggest mosques and principal adornments of the Istanbul skyline. The final stop will be the GRAND BAZAAR.


*The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii),

*The Roman Hippodrome,

*Hagia Sophia,

*Topkapi Palace,

*Basilica Cistern,

*The Grand Bazaar,

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: İn front of the main entrance of Hagia Sophia

End location: Hippodrome

Notice that in busy days entrance lines of the museums might affect the duration of the tour

Duration: 7 hours 30 min.

Notice that in busy days entrance lines of the museums might affect the duration of the tour


Walking tour (no need for transportation)

What’s Included

Professional licensed tour guide fee,
All local taxes,

Estimated Local Cash Needed

100 TL - enter fees to the sites

What’s Extra

Entrance fees
Lunch and drinks
All personal expenses

A Recent Review of this tour

This was our first trip to Turkey and spending our first full day with Aykut was a great way to see the major sites of the Old City and to get a great introduction to Turkish food, culture, and history. Aykut was a wonderful guide--enthusiastic, knowledgeable, flexible, and thoughtful. He got tickets ahead of time, which saved us lots of waiting (even in March, the lines are long at the major sites). By the end of our day with Aykut, we had gained not only great experiences and insights but also a friend.
Pamela Coravos

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