City Sightseeing and Historical Highlights....
Hello, Welcome to Istanbul.
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 sightseeing zone for visitors, playing host to Istanbul's most important and impressive former church( 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).
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at the cruise ship terminal at 9 o'clock in the morning.
End location: I will drop you off at the cruise ship terminal at 5.30 in the evening.
Duration: 8 hours
According to the traffic or museums crowd the tour can finish one hour late or early.
by Mercedes Van/Minibus, depends of group size
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 USD - Entrance fees of Hagia Sophia Museum, Underground Cistern and Topkapı Palace, etc.
Topkapi Palace: 25 TL(turkish lira)
Hagia Sophia: 25 TL
Underground Cistern:10 TL
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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