Istanbul: Full-Day Private Old City Tour with Lunch

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Istanbul: Full-Day Private Old City Tour with Lunch

From € 96 per person

Explore the historical sites of Sultanahmet, Istanbul’s Old City area. Visit Hagia Sophia, one of the 7 Wonders of the Medieval World, Topkapi Palace, the residence of Ottoman sultans, the stunning Blue Mosque, and more on this guided walking tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pick-up at hotels and port in the city center

Experience

Highlights
  • See the Hagia Sophia, one of the 7 Wonders of the Medieval World
  • Visit the Hippodrome, the site of sporting events over 2,000 years ago
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and most famous souk
Full description
Your guide will greet you at your hotel at 09:00 to begin your 8-hour walking tour in the capital of 3 great empires. Your tour begins at Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled for nearly 400 years. Today a spectacular museum, it is well known for its collection of royal treasures. Your guide will tell you about 4 centuries of glorious victories as well as tragic times. From Topkapi Palace you’ll walk to Hagia Sophia along a cobblestone road lined with old Ottoman-era houses. This 6th century church, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, features stunning mosaics. You’ll learn about the history of the structure, a main attraction of Istanbul since its construction. After a stop to enjoy lunch you’ll continue by foot to the site of the Hippodrome, the center of sportive and political activities in ancient Constantinople. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the Fountain of Willhelm II. The Blue Mosque, built in the 17th century, and also known as the Sultanahment Mosque, is one of the principal adornments of the Istanbul skyline. Admire the interior covered with blue Iznik tiles. Your final stop will be at the Grand Bazaar. Your guide will tell you about history of the Bazaar and provide some helpful tips on navigating its more than 4,000 shops. The tour ends between 16:00 and 17:00.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off at city center hotels
  • Entrance fees
  • Private guide
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Tips
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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  • Be sure to provide your hotel details and contact details
  • The Harem at Topkapi Palace is not included in the itinerary
  • Note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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  • Value for money
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Excellent, engaging and educational tour

Latife was a superb guide! Friendly, helpful and incredibly knowledgeable of Turkish history. Not only did she give us lots of information on all the beautiful sites we visited but she also told us about modern Turkey giving us a great picture of how Turkey has grown over the past 1600 years or so. Highly recommend this tour. It was also really nice having such a small group (me, my wife and Latife!).

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November 25, 2018

Fantastic day with a knowledgeable private tour guide named Ilken

March 3, 2019

Bellissimo tour, giornata super intensa per vivere Istanbul vecchia

December 9, 2018

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