This full-day private old city tour delivers vast amounts of history and culture aided by an expert guide and culminates at a bazaar.
What to Expect
You will receive a private guided sightseeing tour in an air-conditioned private transport. Your guide will meet you at the arrival’s gate of Istanbul port or your hotel lobby. You will then be driven to the sites.
This excursion takes you to the most famous monuments of Istanbul during this full-day guided tour.
Explore Istanbul's rich history and magnificent architecture as you visit the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar.
The city of Istanbul has a history which spans almost 2,500 years, and this is nowhere more evident than in the old city area of Sultanahmet. The tour opens with the magnificent Hippodrome, once the site of chariot races during the Roman and Byzantine era. See the ancient monuments which stand here to this day, such as the Obelisk of the Theodosius, the Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
You will then visit the Blue Mosque, possibly the most photographed site in Istanbul. Famous for its beautiful courtyard and impressive minarets, the mosque gets its nickname from the splendid blue tiles that cover its interior walls.
Visit Topkapi Palace, home to the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire. Today, Topkapi Palace is a spectacular museum which houses the Muslim world’s holiest relics, including the cloak and sword of the Prophet Mohammed.
Afterwards, you will take a break for a much needed lunch and then continue to the Hagia Sophia, one of the world's architectural gems.
An ancient basilica dating back to the 4th century, the Hagia Sophia stood as the Cathedral of Constantinople for over a thousand years before being converted into a mosque in 1453. Today, it serves as a museum.
Finally, you will go to Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar, the largest and the oldest covered marketplace in the world, where you may find all kind of gifts, leather, clothing, rugs, antiques and jewelery in an authentic Oriental atmosphere. Experience the sights, sounds and aromas and get caught up in it as you haggle for bargains.
Buzzing with the energy and laden with your wares, return safely back to the port or your hotel.
- Port pick-up and drop-off service
- Services of an expert local guide
- Entrance fees to attractions
- Private transportation in a non-smoking air-conditioned vehicle
What's Not Included
- Personal Expenses