Hagia Sophia, Underground Cistern,Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace
Hello, Welcome to Istanbul. .
Except Blue Mosque I can avoid the lines, I have priority for museums but not Blue mosque because it is not a museum and guides dont have priority for Blue Mosque.
Just like Rome, Istanbul's Old Town was built on seven hills. The district called Sultanahmet, on top of the first hill, is the historic core of the city.
Today, Sultanahmet is Istanbul's single best sighseeing zone for visitors, playing host to Istanbul's most important and impressive former churc( Hagia Sophia) and mosque ( the Blue Mosque) and great architecture building of Ottoman Palace
( Topkapi Palace)and its most significant Byzantine ruins ( the Hippodrome and Underground Cistern). In a day you will have chance to see these amazing sites. It is a big advantage to have a private guide because you can ask many questions without any hesitation. After visiting these sites if we still have time that I can also take you Grand Bazaar. It is a huge bazaar with 4000 shops and more than 20 gates.
Departure from the Hotel
Back to the Hotel
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet you at the hotel reception.
End location: I will drop you off to your hotel.
Duration: 7 hours
Time of tour is flexible, it might affect by traffic, etc..
Walking tour and if we need that we can use public transportation.
My services as your personal tour guide and help with transportation to and from the cruise ship terminal and around the city.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 Turkish Lira - Entrance fees of Hagia Sophia Museum, Underground Cistern and Topkapı Palace, etc.
Topkapi Palace: 40 TL(turkish lira)
Hagia Sophia: 40 TL
Underground Cistern:20 TL
You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks,entrance fees, tokens for public transportations and restaurant meals.
I am not a driver guide. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
Some museums in Istanbul, we are not allowed to enter exhibition halls, we explain and give free times to guests.
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You absolutely must "book" Safiye, it's that simple. She is delightful - deeply knowledgeable, helpful, so good-natured... we couldn't have asked for a better introduction to Istanbul. Our visit was a great success in large part to her highly informative sharing of both old and new "gems" of insight, her patience and thoughtfulness, and our only regret was that our day had to come to an end! In Safiye, Turkey has an invaluable "ambassador" and travelers are blessed if they get to spend time w/her!