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Follow winding streets to domes, minarets and vibrant markets on a full-day, private tour of Istanbul’s most iconic sites. Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour, so you can fully experience the sites that interest you most. Enter the Old City gates to discover Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome Square and a pair of remarkable bazaars, then finish the day with an optional sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus.

Highlights

  • Full-day, private tour of Istanbul's Old City
  • Visit key sites with a personal guide
  • Get a great overview and orientation of Istanbul
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • Perfect for first-time visitors

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What You Can Expect

Istanbul Combo: Classic City Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

Hagia Sophia

Meet your personal guide at your hotel or port (if option is selected), then head to the heart of the Old City to explore a series of all-star Istanbul destinations. Visit Hagia Sophia to see an intriguing blend of Christian and Islamic influences, from Byzantine mosaics to minarets.

Enter a world of sultans and courtiers at Topkapi Palace, where the colorful Ottoman Court lived in luxurious pavilions and sheltered harems behind high stone walls. Hear the story of Mehmet the Conqueror, who built the palace following the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453, and learn about the centuries of palace intrigues and drama that followed his reign.

Immerse yourself in the scents, sounds and colors of Istanbul’s two great markets. Shop for carpets, handicrafts and antiques at the sprawling Grand Bazaar, then browse exotic spices, teas, brightly dyed nuts and lokum—the traditional sweet known as Turkish delight—beneath the high-arched ceilings of the Spice Market.

Customize the tour to your interests, with the option for a sightseeing cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Purchase tickets for a public ferry or private yacht onsite, and spot Istanbul’s elegant waterside villas, palaces and fortifications from the water, then finish the day with convenient return transfer to your hotel or port, if chosen. Entrance fees not included, select transportation option when purchasing.

Customer Reviews

tonyv65

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a private tour of Istanbul combined with a cruise of the Bosphorus. They greeted me at my hotel, and let me set the tone and the pace. I had completed some basic research and knew what I wanted to see. My guide Ahmet took this one step further and enabled me to assist him in determining what I sites I should experience to make the best use of my time. He did this by initiating a pleasant dialog that allowed me to communicate just what I wanted to gain from this personal and private tour.
The tour company: Good communication, my tour was confirmed immediately by e-mail. Once I was in Turkey, I also spoke to a company representative just to re-confirm my tour arrangements. The were very friendly and helpful and let me know when and where my guide would meet me, they even let me know the name of my guide.
My tour guide: He was early, in fact I was late - this tells you a lot about the tour guide and the tour company, Professional very easy going personality, immediately made me feel comfortable and welcome.Do you want someone who has rehearsed the facts and figures, or do you want a guide that sincerely knows what he or she is talking about. I felt that Ahmet was a student of his own craft, he learned the history behind places and historical figures he was showing me.I was made to feel welcome, as a tourist in an unfamiliar city and country, this is very important as well as comforting.
The best thing about a private tour with this local company: They were professional, they were understanding of my needs and what I wanted to get out of this tour, they let me set the tone and the pace of my tour. Plain and simple, they gave me the Istanbul experience I was looking for.
I highly recommend taking a private and personal tour with this company. You will not get the same kind of personal attention when you're shuffling around from site to site in a large group. I would book with them again, absolutely!

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