Istanbul Escapes: Guided Private Tours for Your Perfect Getaway

Welcome to the heart of Istanbul, where history comes alive in the cobblestone streets and majestic monuments. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of the past as we take you on an unforgettable journey through the Old City. Our private day tour has been meticulously crafted to showcase the essence of Istanbul's architectural marvels, cultural heritage, and vibrant bazaars. Join us as we unveil the treasures of the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and Obelisks, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the bustling Grand Bazaar.

Places To Visit On This Istanbul Tour

  • Sultanahmet District (Old City)

  • Ancient Hippodrome

  • Obelisk of Theodosius

  • Serpent Column

  • Constantine Column

  • German Fountain

  • Blue Mosque

  • Hagia Sophia

  • Basilica Cistern

  • Topkapi Palace

  • Grand Bazaar

a map of a tourist attraction in a city
a map of a tourist attraction in a city

Itinerary:

1. Blue Mosque: Our adventure begins with the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque, an architectural masterpiece adorned with intricate domes, minarets, and a spacious courtyard. Marvel at its grandeur as our expert guide narrates its rich history, detailing the six slender minarets and its significance in the world of architecture.

2. Hippodrome and Obelisks: Next, we step back in time at the ancient Hippodrome, a once-thriving hub of Byzantine life and chariot races. Surrounded by history, you'll witness the Obelisks that stand as silent witnesses to centuries of events and stories.

3. Hagia Sophia: As we move forward, the monumental Hagia Sophia awaits. Hear the captivating tale of Emperor Justinian's vision as you explore the grandeur of this remarkable structure. Discover the hidden Ottoman structures within its courtyard, each holding a story of its own.

4. Topkapi Palace (Additional Entrance Fee): Our journey through time leads us to the illustrious Topkapi Palace. The heart of Ottoman administration for centuries, this palace holds the secrets of a glorious empire. Discover its chambers, courtyards, and treasures that once enchanted sultans and dignitaries alike.

5. Grand Bazaar: Weaving through the past, we arrive at the vibrant Grand Bazaar. Lose yourself in its labyrinth of stalls, workshops, and fountains. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and aromas of a historic market that has stood the test of time.

6. Basilica Cistern: Delve into the mystical depths of the Basilica Cistern, an underground marvel that has witnessed centuries of history. Wander through its atmospheric chambers, where ancient columns and dim lighting create an enchanting ambiance.

7. Recommendations for Your Free Time: As the day's journey concludes, we recommend visiting the Spice Bazaar, a sensory haven of Turkish delights, teas, and spices. While this isn't part of the official tour, it's a delightful extension to your experience. Explore at your own pace and make your way back to your hotel, cherishing the memories you've created.

Important Notes:

  • The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

  • Due to Friday prayers, entrance to the Blue Mosque might not be possible.

  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.

Logistics:

We provide convenient pickups from centrally located hotels in Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Laleli, Aksaray, and Taksim areas. If you're staying outside these districts, our guides can assist you with transportation information.

Embark on this captivating journey through time with us, where each step whispers tales of the past and where the vibrant spirit of Old City Istanbul comes alive. Book your private day tour now and let history unfold before your eyes.