Istanbul Layover Tour By Private Guide and Transfers

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Tour Number

Activity Level

533900


Categories

City, First Time Visitor, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. If you have baby stroller we need to leave it at the entrance of the Blue mosque and walk around to get it back as the exit is different.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 8

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), Portuguese (fluent)

A day through the heart of the old city


Anyone who is a little familiar about the Sultanahmet old town, knows is the historic center of the city, loaded with famous monuments such as Hagia Sophia , Topkapı Palace , Blue Mosque , Underground Cistern , Grand Bazaar.
The Hippodrome of Constantinople where we will see remaining monuments was an arena for chariot racings and social events during the Roman and Byzantine eras . The Hagia Sophia Museum was originally built as a church and converted into moque in 1453. It has been a sacred symbol for different faiths and became a model for the subsequent buildings with its massive dome and spacious nave. Topkapı palace is the place where we will learn about Ottoman history and step back in time. Underground cistern is the biggest and well preserved water reservoirs built during the Byzantine era. Grand bazaar is one of the oldest and biggest historic shopping mall in the world famous for authentic textiles, jewellry , rugs.
This tour offers the perfect mixture of history, local life and culture!

Itinerary

I will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it when you come out from the airport's secure Customs area. Then we will drive to the historic center of Istanbul known as Sultanahmet.
-Hippodrome
-Hagia Sophia Museum
-Topkapı Palace
- Lunch break
- Blue Mosque
-Undergroun cistern
-Grand bazaar
-Old Caravanserai

*Please keep in mind that we can make necessary changes in the itinerary according to your wishes and interests.
*Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays between November 1 and March 31. The museum is open to visit on -*Mondays between April 1 and October 31.
* Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
*Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays.
*Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
*Children aged 12 and under are free of charge. Please make sure that you have passport copies of children verify their ages at museums.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Airport

End Point Options: Airport

Duration: 7 hours

Please keep in mind that depending on your flight time we can customise the duration of this tour.

Transportation

This tour offers private car and driver service. Pick up from airport/ Drop off with comfortable , A/C ,

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services
  • Private Transportation

Other: * Airport pick up / drop off with a private car and driver ( mercedes vito 8 passengers capacity ) .
**The fee for this tour is for new ISL airport only. If your arrival port is Sabiha Gökçen which is on the Asian side of the city please ask for price in advance.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

140 Turkish Lira - Depending on your travel date the estimated costs above might be different .

Comment: The Topkapı Palace Museum entrance fee is 60 Turkish Lira.

The Hagia Sophia Museum entrance fee is 60 Turkish Lira.

Underground Cistern Entarance fee is 20 Turkish Lira.

The estimated costs above might be a few liras more or less depending on your travel date. It is recommended to have some extra cash for personal expenses or refreshments.

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Public Transportation Tickets
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: **The entrance fees for the museums stated in the itinerary.

* This is mostly walking tour. During the tour if needed public transportation might be used.

*Comment: The Topkapı Palace Museum entrance fee is 12 Usd.

The Hagia Sophia Museum entrance fee is 12 Usd.

Underground Cistern Entarance fee is 5 Usd.

Restrictions

Due to regulations live guiding service is
not possible inside the Dolmabahçe Palace Museum.

A Recent Review of this tour

I had a 24hr layover in Istanbul and wanted a quick but thorough tour of this great city. Hatice was perfect! She met me at the airport (very far from downtown) and gave me a historical overview as we drove in. Once in the old city, with Hatice's guidance and knowledge we were able to bypass most of the tourist lines and proceed quickly into the site. This time savings alone was worth it. At each site, she was an informative and interesting teacher. After the tour, she took me back to the airport. PERFECT
James Greenberg

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    400 USD(for up to 8 people) (duration: 7 hours) deposit ?

  • Tour Number

    Activity Level

    533900


    Categories

    City, First Time Visitor, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture

    Details

    Kid Friendly: Yes. If you have baby stroller we need to leave it at the entrance of the Blue mosque and walk around to get it back as the exit is different.

    Friendly: No.

    Maximum travelers: 8

    Language(s)

    explanation

    English (fluent), Portuguese (fluent)

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