Private tour

Old city tour of Istanbul -Main sights of the City

Private tour

Old city tour of Istanbul -Main sights of the City

From US$ 99.17 per person

Explore the historical sites of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s Old City area. Visit Hagia Sophia, one of the 7 Wonders of the World and Topkapi palace, hotel pick up and drop off included in city center

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Duration 6 hours
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  • See the Hagia Sophia, one of the 7 Wonders of the Medieval World
  • Visit the Hippodrome, the site of sporting events over 2,000 years ago
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and most famous souk
  • See the imperial Topkapi Palace
Full description
Your guide will greet you at your hotel at 09:00 to begin your 8-hour walking tour in the capital of 3 great empires. Your tour begins at Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled for nearly 400 years. Today a spectacular museum, it is well known for its collection of royal treasures. Your guide will tell you about 4 centuries of glorious victories as well as tragic times. From Topkapi Palace you’ll walk to Hagia Sophia along a cobblestone road lined with old Ottoman-era houses. This 6th century church, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, features stunning mosaics. You’ll learn about the history of the structure, a main attraction of Istanbul since its construction. After a stop to enjoy lunch you’ll continue by foot to the site of the Hippodrome, the center of sportive and political activities in ancient Constantinople. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the Fountain of Willhelm II. The Blue Mosque, built in the 17th century, and also known as the Sultanahment Mosque, is one of the principal adornments of the Istanbul skyline. Admire the interior covered with blue Iznik tiles. Your final stop will be at the Grand Bazaar. Your guide will tell you about history of the Bazaar and provide some helpful tips on navigating its more than 4,000 shops. The tour ends between 16:00 and 17:00.
  • Private guiding service
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Entrance fee of the museums
  • Pick up and drop off is not included

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Be sure to provide your hotel details and contact details
  • The Harem at Topkapi Palace is not included in the itinerary
  • Note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday
Customer reviews

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based on 6 reviews

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January 1, 2023

Highly interesting, competent and pleasant guiding

The whole organization was perfect.

June 21, 2019

Fantastic day with a knowledgeable private tour guide named Ilken

March 3, 2019

Product ID: 57790