All the grandeur plus well hidden jewels and charms of Istanbul
My sedan car and guiding is included on this tour. We make stops to view, appreciate, hear its history of these following remarkable sites which are mainly available at this special interest tour. on a regular tour you would visit 3 -4 museums , church or mosque and few nearby sites take most of your time. Not on this tour. Minimum 30 - 40 interesting features in 4 -5 neighborhoods ( please view the tour photos to have an idea) , including Two impressive Byzantine gates of Walls of Constantinople. Special unusual houses and streets of Balat. Sokullu Mosque , a very well hidden gem among the famous mosques of Istanbul with superior features. Byzantine churches now functioning as mosques with distinct and super impressive Byzantine features. The first mosque of the world designed by a woman. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Church, The first mosque of the world designed by a woman. The Byzantine aquaduct ( the water bridge) and the street market is rather picturesque. Suleymaniye Mosque included.
( 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 8 hour tour. We may extend this to 9 hours if you have time.
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.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 U.S.$ - shall cover the costs of a meal during the tour.
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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