Experience the unforgettable magic of Istanbul on a full-day private tour by car. Marvel at the magnificent Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace. Take a boat trip down the Bosphorus, and shop in the famous Grand Bazaar and Spice Market.
What to Expect
This full-day private tour of Istanbul will take you to all the major landmarks and monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman eras.
Following a hotel or cruise ship pick-up, you’ll begin at the legendary Hagia Sophia, the oldest building in Istanbul, and for more than 1,000 years the largest cathedral in the world.
Continue to the iconic Blue Mosque, one of the most prominent landmarks in the city when viewed from the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus Strait. Admire its beautiful domes and semi-domes, its courtyards, and its 6 slender minarets.
Move on to the Hippodrome and the Obelisks, located on the square outside the Blue Mosque. The site of the former circus of the Byzantine Empire, and the site of horse and chariot racing, it was excavated in the 1950s.
You’ll also visit the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, the German Fountain, and Topkapı Palace, the former imperial residence of Ottoman rulers. At its peak, the palace boasted a population of about 4,000, and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years.
Explore the 16th-century Süleymaniye Mosque, the largest mosque in Istanbul and a masterpiece by Sinan, the greatest of all Ottoman architects.
Your tour ends with a visit to the vibrant Grand Bazaar, the oldest and the largest covered marketplace in the world. Boasting nearly 4,000 shops and a jumble of streets, this is the perfect place to look for souvenir gifts from the selection of jewelry, carpets, gold trinkets, and other items.
What's Not Included
- Lunch and drinks
- Museum tickets
- Tips and personal expenses
Know Before You Go
• Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, and the Basilica Cistern will be the alternative
• Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, and replaced by a visit to the Turkish Islamic Art Museum
• Beylerbeyi Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace are closed on Mondays and Thursdays, and replaced by a visit to Pierre Lotti Hill
• The car can stop wherever you like and you can request a break whenever you want during this 8-hour tour