and great detours - off the beaten path with a private guide
After 26 years of official guiding, as of 2014 I am decreasing to do the regular museum tours, my unconventional Istanbul fun experience tours will remain unaffected. I will run museum tours for bookings of minimum 2 full day tours and only few times a month. So please check your itinerary with me before your booking.
Major monuments of old town Istanbul from Byzantine and Ottoman Empire periods :
We will begin our tour with a scenic waterfront driving experience during which we will point out major land marks along the route including Prince Islands, Scutari Barracks where Florence Nightingale was a nurse during Crimean War, Leander's Tower, Prince Islands, The Bosphorus and the bridge connecting two continents, Sultan's port mansion - Sepetciler, Orient Express Train Station with a brief photo stop, Galata Tower, New Town, New Mosque, Galata Bridg
( Tour departure time 9. 30 am is of course subject to change as you wish, please specify what time you would like to begin am, or pm )
Although the itinerary suggests the sites as listed below; depending on your energy and places you may have seen before, we may tailor the tour according to what accomodates you the best.
Below are the typical timing for the given highlights to deviate from as you wish :
- Egyptian Bazaar 40 minutes
- Blue Mosque 1/2 hour
-Hippodrome 1/2 hour
Basilica Cistern 45 min
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up for the tour : From your hotel or the cruiseship pier where your cruiseship will dock. Please provide this information. ( 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: 8 hours
This tour is a full day tour. Typical full day tour is 8 hours.
private mini van vw or mercedes, , comfy sedan car vw, brand new models.
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:
-English Speaking licenced Private Tour Guide
-VW Passat Sedan Car for upto 4 visitors
-Me as your driverguide
-Parking fee for Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace area.
- If you will need a minibus for more space for 4 passengers or if you are more than 4 travellers , minibus with an add on fee is available. A minivan comes with extra driver; 60$ add on for Minibus with 7 seats, 120$ add on for minibus with 16 seats.
- This tour is designed and priced for 4 persons, if your group is larger than 4 please contact me for a customized tour.
-Parking fee only for blue mosque, hagia sophia, topkapi palace is included. Meals, museum entrance fees are not included.(no entrance fee for the guide ) Minibus, car parking fee at Grand Bazaar not included.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 U.S.$ - should cover the costs of entrance fees and a meal during the tour.
-Entrance Fees to the museums
- 5$ Cruiseship port carpark for pick up from the port.
-For hotels closer to airport as in Yesilkoy or BAkirkoy districts or Asiatic Istanbul check with me the add on rate for the extra distance for pick up and drop off please.
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Oguz knew all the back roads and presented his area with a deep knowledge- even taking us to an out of the way place to sample local foods. in the Bazaar he alerted us to certain merchants-very helpful
Charles (Dick) Chaney