Private tour

Istanbul: Private Old City Walk

Istanbul: Private Old City Walk

From US$ 145 per person

An escorted excursion through the charismatic streets of Old Istanbul encountering many of its historical mosques, palaces and bazaars.

About this activity

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Duration 7 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Pickup included
You are going to meet with your guide at 09.00 am at your hotel reception.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Visit the Hagia Sophia
  • See the Topkapi Palace
  • Experience the Blue Mosque
  • Walk through the Grand Bazaar
Full description
Your private tour guide will meet you at your hotel reception at 9:00AM, and together you will either walk or catch public transportation to the Old City. Your private Istanbul Old City walk is a full-day walking tour that covers the main highlights of the city such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. You will start your tour with a visit to the Topkapi Palace, which was the home and seat of the government of the Ottomans for nearly 400 years. It’s the heart of the great Ottoman Empire, ruled by the monarch who lived in Topkapi’s Harem section with a huge family and servants. You will then visit the Blue Mosque, which is the second largest mosque in Istanbul and was built during the regime of Sultan Ahmet. It is known for its 16th century blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets. After this, you will have a lunch break and continue to the Hagia Sophia, the church of divine wisdom. Built as a church by the Byzantines and decorated with mosaic tile icons, it served as a mosque during the Ottoman era. It is still today one of the most popular museums in the city. Your tour will end with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, which was built in the second half of the 15th century and is the largest covered bazaar in the world with its more than 4000 shops.
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • People with heart problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • On Sundays, The Grand Bazaar is closed so you will visit the Arasta Bazaar
  • On Mondays, The Hagia Sophia is closed so you will visit the Basilica Cistern
  • On Tuesdays, Topkapi Palace is closed so you will visit Basilica Cistern
  • At the time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums, no shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed, knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
  • You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required

Product ID: 168434