Step into the heart of Istanbul and get immersed in its vibrant history, captivating artistry, and timeless elegance. Our private tour lets you customize your journey through this enchanting city, graced with iconic landmarks like the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, and the lively Grand Bazaar.
Explore the cultural richness and historical depths of Istanbul with us. Revel in its myriad marvels, and take back memories to cherish for a lifetime. With this immersive, fully customizable tour, your journey through Istanbul will undoubtedly be an unforgettable one.
- Delight in the Architectural Marvel of the Blue Mosque: Begin your journey at the Blue Mosque, an iconic symbol of Istanbul. Feast your eyes on the mesmerizing blue tiles that adorn its interior, and gaze up at the towering minarets that reach towards the heavens, a testament to the mosque’s historic construction in the 1600s for Sultan Ahmet.
- Traverse the Timeless Beauty of Hagia Sophia: Journey onward to the majestic Hagia Sophia, an emblem of religious harmony. Revel in the awe-inspiring mosaics that portray a unique fusion of Christian and Islamic influences, a symbol of Istanbul’s diverse cultural heritage.
- Engage in the Bustle of the Grand Bazaar: Step into the heart of Istanbul’s bustling commerce at the Grand Bazaar. This world’s oldest covered market offers a cornucopia of captivating sights, scents, and sounds, an exciting adventure for your senses.
- Delve into the Mysteries of the Basilica Cistern: Delight in the intriguing darkness of the Basilica Cistern. This ancient underground water storage system presents an enchanting exploration into the past, an ethereal experience not to be missed.
- Relive History at the Hippodrome: Visit the historic Hippodrome, where Istanbul’s past echoes in its magnificent monuments—the Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. This was once the city’s social hub during the Byzantine Empire, known then as Constantinople.
- Marvel at the Opulence of the Topkapi Palace: Conclude your tour at the Topkapi Palace, the grand residence of the Ottoman sultans and the Parliament’s seat. Explore the lavish exhibitions and kiosks, and soak in the panoramic views of the Bosphorus.
What’s Included and What’s Not
Our private tour includes a fully licensed guide and pickup from centrally located hotels on foot. However, hotel drop-off, entrance tickets to museums, and lunch are not included.
Plan Ahead: Important Notes
- The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, while Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
- Active mosques do not offer skip-the-line services, so queues should be expected.
- On Fridays, exterior visits are arranged for Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque due to worship.
- For tours starting after 11 am, some sites may be skipped as they close by 7 pm. Your guide will adjust the program according to your preferences.