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Istanbul Private Tour from Airport

Created with Sketch. Istanbul, Turkey
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Duration

1 Day

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Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Group Size

7 people

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Languages

English

Overview

Welcome to Istanbul, the city of chaos and mystery! It is one of the largest and most populated cities in Turkey known for its exotic beauty and wonderful historic monuments. It is a blend of a modern western with a traditional eastern city which is why it is called a multicultural city where you will find friendly and welcoming people around you who are very proud of their culture and traditions. It is recommended for you to try the diverse Turkish cuisine from the breakfast with eggs, cheese and olives to their delicious kebabs for dinner and of course, do not miss out on the Turkish tea and the famous Turkish delight.

Even if you have one day in Istanbul, you can still visit all the main attractions Istanbul is famous for. A day in the Old City is a great introduction to Istanbul as you discover the best eateries and dine where the locals do and enjoy the legacy of a city that is surrounded by historic and cultural treasures.

Your private guide will meet you at the gate of Ataturk airport with your name sign upon your arrival. Then he will drive you to the Old City for the tour. Itinerary may change according to your availability and day.

Please Note:

  • This is a walking tour since all the attractions are located at a walking distance.
  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
  • Hagia Sophia is open on Mondays as well (in the past years it was closed on Mondays, in case of change, the visit is replaced with Underground Cistern).
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hagia Sophia
  • Byzantine Hippodrome
  • Blue Mosque
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Underground Cistern

Itinerary

Itenirary
Hagia Sophia
We will be visiting the little Hagia Sophia Mosque which is one of the most famous and outstanding monuments of the world. It has a basilica architectural plan which was applied here for the first time in history. It is known as one of the ancient churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century, which was founded by Justinianos, the all-powerful emperor and it has been used as a mosque since 1497.
Itenirary
Byzantine Hippodrome
We will also visit the Byzantian Hippodrome that witnessed big league competition among the teams of Greens and Blues with the most mainstream sport of that era known as Chariot racing. The ancient hippodrome was the arena of chariot races and it embodies three monuments termed as Obelisk of Theodosius, Bronze serpentine column and German Fountain of Wilhelm II and these are one of the other unquestionably engaging sites that shall be visited.
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Blue Mosque
Our next stop will be the breathtakingly beautiful Blue Mosque which is formerly called as Sultan Ahmet Cami by the Turks and generically referred as Blue Mosque because of its incredible hand-made quartz tiles and a magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. This spectacular mosque was built in the 16th century and it incorporates 6 unique minarets touching to skies.
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Grand Bazaar
Right after having lunch we will proceed to the Grand Bazaar which is the primeval and largest Bazaars in the world with more than 4,000 shops and 60 streets selling rugs and kilims, leather, pottery, jewellery, souvenirs, ceramics, carpets and just about everything. This is one of those superb markets in the world that attracts 250,000 to 400,000 visitors a day.
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Topkapi Palace
Moving ahead, we will step in the Royal Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the 24 Ottoman Sultans from 15th to 19th centuries which is full of exhibitions and manifestations of scraps of Sultans’ costumes, guns, swords treasury and thrones. This tour does not cover the harem section.
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Underground Cistern
We will be stepping into the Underground Cistern which is locally known as Yerebatan Sarayi that means Sunken Palace. This underground water cistern was the main water reservoir of Constantipole and it was built in the 4th Century. It was considerably expanded by Justinian in 537 Ad and used as a water storage for the Great Place during Byzantine times and for the the Topkapi Palace under the Ottomans.

Included/Exclude

  • English Speaking Local Tour Guide
  • Local Taxes
  • Airport/Hotel pick-up/ Drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fee
  • Personal Expenses
  • Drinks

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Istanbul, Turkey

FAQs

Are museum entrances fees included during your tours?
Yes. We believe in making it easy for you to budget for your trip, so all our tours entrance fees to museums listed in your itinerary are included.
Will I have a tour guide on my tour?
Yes, all of our tours include the services of a professional, English-speaking tour guide, licensed with the Ministry of Tourism.
I’m a Vegetarian. Will I be able to find vegetarian meals in Turkey ?
Yes. Many dishes in Turkey are vegetarian so it is generally easy to find vegetarian options. Please let us know at the time of booking that you are vegetarian.
What do you mean by a “professional licensed tour guide”?
Taking a tour with the professional licensed guide is very important. Guides in Turkey study a mix of history, archaeology and mythology for 4 years in order to get their tour guiding license and pass special exams in language skills. All our company tour guides are professional licensed guides and expert in their regions. It is illegal for anyone who is not a licensed tour guide to conduct tours of historical sites in Turkey.
What kind of vehicle will be provided on my tour?
Our company provides you with a late model, comfortable, air conditioned vehicle such as a Mercedes Vito,Mercedes Sprinter,Volkswagen Carevalla and Crafter with an experienced driver.
Cancellation Policy?
No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1300 for Gallipoli Battlefields Tour, but the deposit of $99 is non-refundable. If you cancel the standard cancellation policy applies.
From where the tour starts?
Start and end at your hotel.

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