Discover the highlights of Istanbul on a private full-day tour that provides a perfect introduction to the city on 2 continents. Learn its Byzantine and Ottoman history at sites such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Basilica Cistern.
What to Expect
Enjoy a full-day private tour of the landmark sights of Istanbul to learn the city’s long history during the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Following a pick-up from your hotel or airport, transfer to the Sultan Ahmet Peninsula to see one of the legendary monuments of the Byzantine Empire.
Explore the site of former chariot races at the Hippodrome, center of sport and political life when the city was known as Constantinople. Admire the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain commissioned by Willhelm II.
Continue to the iconic Blue Mosque to see an extraordinary example of 17th century Islamic architecture. Famous for its blue Iznik tiles, the mosque’s minarets provide an iconic view from many points in the city. Proceed to Topkapi Palace, former residence of the Ottoman sultans, and today home to a spectacular museum that boasts one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, as well as the treasury of the Royal Family.
Next, learn the history of the Hagia Sophia, a magnificent Byzantine church that later became a mosque before its conversion to a museum to the building’s history. Go to the subterranean Basilica Cistern to marvel at the cathedral-like water strorage system of the Byzantine Empire.
Then, wander the labyrinthine alleys of the Grand Bazaar, and experience the lively atmosphere of the carpet, jewelry and leather traders as you bargain for unique souvenirs. End your tour at the Suleymaniye Mosque to see the exquisite designs of Sinan, chief architect of the Ottoman Empire.
- Pick-up and drop off at your hotel or at the airport
- All entrance fees
- Transportation by non smoking air-conditioned vehicle
What's Not Included
- Tips for the driver and guide
Know Before You Go
• Please note that this is a private tour, subject to availablity