Private tour

Istanbul Private Full-Day Classics Tour with Options

4.9 / 5

17 reviews

Activity provider: Los Picos Travel

Istanbul Private Full-Day Classics Tour with Options

Activity provider: Los Picos Travel

From US$ 155.77 per group up to 2

Visit the classic monuments of Istanbul on a full-day private tour, on an itinerary that includes the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. Marvel at the architectural grandeur and opulence of these iconic sites.

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Duration 6 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, French, German
Pickup included
Hotel pick-up
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • See the classic sites of Istanbul on a private guided tour
  • Marvel at the exceptional architecture and history of the Blue Mosque
  • Visit Topkapi Palace, home to Ottoman sultans for 4 centuries
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar, where anything you might want is available
Full description
Your full-day tour begins with a morning visit to the Hippodrome, which at one time was the center of Byzantine social and recreational life. A few parts of this spectacular site remain, including the Obelisk of Thutmose III and the Serpent Column. The Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is located next to the Hippodrome. Its exceptional architectural design features 1 main dome, 8 secondary domes, 6 minarets, and a vast number of blue tiles – hence the name. Built during the reign of Ahmed the First, the Blue Mosque continues to function as a mosque as well as being one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Next is a visit to Topkapi Palace, which dates back to 1459. It served as the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 4 centuries. In 1924, the palace was officially declared a museum. The Palace covers a large site and features several buildings. You’ll see a fine collection of Imperial and Ottoman utensils, relics, caftans, and portraits of the sultans. Following your visit to Topkapi Palace it will time for a lunch break, and your guide will recommend some restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Turkish cuisine. After lunch you’ll take a tour of Hagia Sophia, which served both Christianity and Islam at different times in history. When it was first built in 537, it was an Eastern Orthodox church. In 1453, when Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, the hall was transformed into an imperial mosque. Approximately 5 centuries later, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum. After visiting Hagia Sophia you’ll travel to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, comprising 61 covered streets and more than 3,000 shops offering almost anything you might need. The bazaar is a part of the walled city and was built during the years 1455-1461.
Includes
  • Tour guide
  • Pre-reserved entrance tickets (value of the entrance must be paid to your guide as extra)
  • Transportation (unless transportation option is chosen)
  • Admission fees for sites
  • Lunches
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips/gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 17 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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We had booked 1 guide for 2 people. The day before we were contacted via WhatsApp by getyourguide to ask us what we wanted to visit. The guide picked us up at our hotel. He spoke good French and knew nothing about the city of Istanbul: nice little streets, little anecdotes, nice and inexpensive café and restaurant, ... He also advised us on our visits for the next few days, helped us to take a Istanbul card on ATMs. In short, Enis was a great guide. Nice experience!!

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September 17, 2022

Very interesting and entertaining tour of the classic sights of Istanbul with the perfectly German speaking guide Kenan. Very flexible, quick and clear communication with the agency, punctual collection. We booked with a vehicle, which is only partially worthwhile, as almost everything is easily accessible on foot. However, the driver picked us up from the hotel, which was an hour's drive away, and brought us back again. That would certainly be cheaper, but his explanations and the very good service were also worth the price. Overall, highly recommended, if not cheap.

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August 7, 2021

We booked this tour at short notice. Nevertheless, we got an individual and super interesting tour with lots of information about this wonderful city.

August 23, 2022

Product ID: 46122