inc. the two sites from the book "1000 places to see before you die" with a private guide
* combination of bazaars plus old town plus new town,
* drive and or walk through the Bohemian - art district in the new town ,
* walk through the hippodrome; we will do a great introduction and a
* photo shoot at postcard quality in the old town with Hagia Sophia and Blue mosque behind us;
* visit a Byzantine cistern - the least touristy - possibly we will be the only ones in it;
* visit one or both of the two sites from the book " 1000 places to see before you die" one is a mosque , the other is a 3 century olf Turkish bath;
I will try to fit your selection from all of these sites into a leisurely great half day in Istanbul. Baklava tasting, that is possibly 'best in your life' experience can also be included.
* Deviation from this tour may include ottoman Military Band performance in the afternoons - half hour event (exc. mo and tue)
* This tour can be modified accordingly or combined with my tour "Superior Istanbul late afternoon & evening sites and awesome sunset! "
( Tour departure time is of course flexible, subject to change as you wish, please specify what time you would like to begin am, or pm )
depending on your energy and places you may have seen before, we may tailor the tour according to what accomodates you the best.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up for the tour : From your hotel or the cruiseship pier where your cruiseship will dock. ( Airport pick up or drop off at extra cost is available)
End location: Drop off at your hotel, cruiseship pier, or any central Istanbul location at the end of the tour. ( Airport pick up or drop off at extra cost is available)
Duration: 5 hours
Airport or airport area hotels, asiatic istanbul hotels are subject to an add on fee.
The departure time may vary according to your desired departure time as you will state in your correspondence with Oguz.
I am only able to offer traveler pick up from the port with a minivan with a separate driver, as I need a seperate driver to call the vehicle as soon as you show up at the exit of the port, and I do expect my visitors to walk to the exit of the port ( 3 - 4 min walking) where the minivan and I will be.
This Tour Includes:
( This tour is by sedan car, and pick up from the port by sedan is not available, we need a minivan instead ; please read the 'Details' box below ) .
-English Speaking licenced Private Tour Guide
-VW Passat Sedan Car for upto 4 visitors
-Me as your driverguide
- This tour is designed and priced based on 4 persons, if your group is larger than 4 please contact me for a customized tour.
- A minivan for cruiseship passengers, or for more space for 4 passengers or if you are more than 4 travelers , ( 50$ add on for 1/2 day - 4 hours ) .
-Grand bazaar parking fee ( 8$ = 15 lira for sedan car, 12$ for minivan )
- minivan version of this tour only comes as half day - 4 hour or full day 8 hour.
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Oguz is clearly not just knowledgeable about his country, but his love for sharing pride in Istanbul showed throughout our tour. He even used his photo talents to make my iPhone pictures something worthy of sharing with family and friends. He acted as our teacher, our caretaker, our suggestion provider, and our friend! We laughed together, and also shared his sadness about the decrease in tourism in Turkey this year. With Oguz, we always felt safe and grew more informed. Highly recommend.