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Private Guided Istanbul Old City Sultanahmet Tour - Full Day

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Istanbul, Turkey
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7 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 3 more
Spend the day steeped in Istanbul’s history and culture on a full-day, private tour of Istanbul’s Old City and Sultanahmet. Start with a visit to Hagia Sophia an imposing sixth-century Byzantine structure... More
Spend the day steeped in Istanbul’s history and culture on a full-day, private tour of Istanbul’s Old City and Sultanahmet. Start with a visit to Hagia Sophia an imposing sixth-century Byzantine structure which operated as a church and a mosque before becoming a museum. Next, visit the Blue Mosque with its six incredible minarets. Continue on to the... More
Spend the day steeped in Istanbul’s history and culture on a full-day, private tour of Istanbul’s Old City and Sultanahmet. Start with a visit to Hagia Sophia an imposing sixth-century Byzantine structure which operated as a church and a mosque before becoming a museum. Next, visit the Blue Mosque with its six incredible minarets. Continue on to the Hippodrome and Obelisks, and hear about what life was like during the time of the Byzantine Empire. See endless luxury at Topkapi Palace and finally explore the Grand Bazaar filled with towers of spices, colorful woven rugs and jut about anything else you can imagine.

Highlights

  • explore Istanbul’s Old City and Sultanahmet on a full-day private tour
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace
  • Wander through the Grand Bazaar with a guide to hep you get a bargain
  • Custom meeting at your Europe side hotel can be arranged to start the tour

What To Expect

You will meet your guide in your hotel in Istanbul around 9AM in the morning de for this unforgettable journey.

The tour will start with

Hagia Sophia; after decades in which scaffolding cluttered the interior
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You will meet your guide in your hotel in Istanbul around 9AM in the morning de for this unforgettable journey.

The tour will start with

Hagia Sophia; after decades in which scaffolding cluttered the interior of Emperor Justinian’s sixth-century Byzantine masterpiece, the thrill of being able to experience the extraordinary spaciousness of this famous
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You will meet your guide in your hotel in Istanbul around 9AM in the morning de for this unforgettable journey.

The tour will start with

Hagia Sophia; after decades in which scaffolding cluttered the interior of Emperor Justinian’s sixth-century Byzantine masterpiece, the thrill of being able to experience the extraordinary spaciousness of this famous church-turned-mosque-turned museum is hard to overstate.

Then

Blue Mosque; Sultan Ahmet I’s grand architectural gift to his capital was this beautiful mosque, commonly known as the Blue Mosque today. Built between 1609 and 1616, the mosque caused a furore throughout the Muslim world when it was finished as it had six minarets (the same number as the Great Mosque of Mecca). A seventh minaret was eventually gifted to Mecca to stem the dissent.

After that

Hippodrome and Obelisks which was the center of Byzantine public life and the scene of splendid games and chariot races but also factional conflicts. Today, there isn’t much of the Hippodrome left to see, except for a small section of the gallery walls on the southern side, but the At Meydanı (park) that now stands on the site is home to a variety of monuments.

We will continue with

Topkapi Palace, the subject of more colourful stories than most of the world’s museums put together. Libidinous sultans, ambitious courtiers, beautiful concubines and scheming eunuchs lived and worked here between the 15th and 19th centuries when it was the court of the Ottoman empire. A visit to the palace’s opulent pavilions, jewel-filled Treasury and sprawling

Harem gives a fascinating glimpse into their lives.

Finally

Grand Bazaar is our last destination. The colourful and chaotic Grand Bazaar is the heart of İstanbul’s Old City and has been so for centuries. Starting as a small vaulted bedesten (warehouse) built by order of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461, it grew to cover a vast area as lanes between the bedesten, neighbouring shops and hans (caravanserais) were roofed and the market assumed the sprawling, labyrinthine form that it retains today.

What's Included

Professional guide
Private tour
Museum/Attraction Tickets
Transportation from/back to hotel and between sites (unless option selected)
Lunch
Gratitude (suggested)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

Tour guide meets you at central European side hotels or port. If hotel is not centrally located or it is on Asian side, the meeting point with tour guide is the front of Hagia Sophia entry at 9:30 in the morning.

Before You Book

The fine print

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that Hagia Sophia Museum is closed on Monday
  • Please note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays
  • Blue Mosque is
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that Hagia Sophia Museum is closed on Monday
  • Please note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays
  • Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Annual closing dates of all museums and bazaars in Istanbul as follows: January 1 - New Year,
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note that Hagia Sophia Museum is closed on Monday
  • Please note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays
  • Blue Mosque is closed until 2pm on Fridays
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
  • Annual closing dates of all museums and bazaars in Istanbul as follows: January 1 - New Year, October 29 - Republic Day, April 23 - National Sovereignty and Children's Day, May 19 - Youth and Sports Day
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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