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Private Istanbul Old City Walk

Highlights
  • Skip the lines at the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

  • Learn about Istanbul’s history from your guide
  • Sip a cup of Turkish tea

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Private Istanbul Old City Walk
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Private Istanbul Old City Walk
USD 79.00
Overview
Explore Istanbul’s Old City with a completely personalized itinerary on this private guided tour. Skip the lines at the Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace as you learn about the area’s history from your guide. Stop by the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Pause in the afternoon for a cup of Turkish tea.
What to Expect
  • Your tour guide is going to meet you at your hotel reception at 09.00 am. If you would like to start later the day, please kindly email us what time suits you.
  • This is a 7-hour walking tour.
  • You have full freedom on our tours. You can even change your mind on the day as we go.
  • The tour includes the major sites of Istanbul such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, The Garand Bazaar, and The Blue Mosque. 
  • We usually start our old city walking tours at 09.00 am and finish by 16.00 pm. 
  • Your local licensed tour guide will meet you at your hotel reception or cruise port with a sign bearing your name on it at 09.00 am. 
  • Your private tour guide will meet you at your hotel reception at 09.00 am. Together you will either walk or catch a public transportation to the old city. Private Istanbul Old City Walk is a full day walking tour that covers the main highlights of the city Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and The Grand Bazaar.

    We will start our tour with a visit to the Topkapi Palace, which was the home and seat of the government of the Ottomans for nearly 400 years. It’s the heart of the great Ottoman Empire, ruled by the monarch who lived in Topkapi’s Harem section with a huge family and servants. (On Tuesdays we visit Basilica Cistern as the Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays)

    Then we will visit Blue Mosque. The Blue Mosque is the second largest mosque in Istanbul and it was built during the regime of Sultan Ahmet. It is known for its 16th century blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets.

    After here we will have a lunch break and continue to the Hagia Sophia, the church of the divine wisdom. Built as a church by the Byzantines and decorated with mosaic tile icons, it then served as a mosque during the Ottoman era.  Still today one of the most popular museums in the city.

    The tour ends with a visit to the Grand Bazaar that built the second half of 15th century and the largest covered bazaar in the world with its more than 4000 shops. (On Sundays, we visit Arasta Bazaar as The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays)
Reviews (10)
1 - 5 of 10 reviews
Reviewed 11 September 2018
Treasure of Istanbul

Istanbul is a pearl in the crown of Turkey, but to get to know the city and people it is necessary to have a guide! Our treasure - a guide was Derya - thanks to her we saw the city through her eyes, we found...More

Thank _k_kkaneva
Furkan G, Manager at Private Istanbul Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2018

Dear _k_kkaneva. How absolutely lovely. Thanks so much for your kind review, We are so glad you enjoyed your tour with Derya. We hope that you keep in touch and come to see us again the next time you're in Istanbul. All the bets, Furkan...More

Reviewed 11 July 2018
Excellent private tour.

Furkan was wonderful. He flexed the schedule with us because we had already seen the Blue Mosque the day before so we went to the Basilica Cisterns instead. He was a wealth of knowledge and a great communicator.More

Thank suneeconly
Furkan G, Manager at Private Istanbul Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

Dear Suneeconly, Thank you for reviewing us, we all love what we do. We take pride in personalizing our tours as much as possible. I am delighted you enjoyed your time in Istanbul and we hope to see you again soon. Al the best, Furkan...More

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Great Tour With Furkan

Furkan was an excellent guide, and my wife and I can't speak highly enough of him. He went above and beyond showing us Istanbul during our tour of the Old Town. Furkan knows just how much information to share about each sight to make it...More

2  Thank Eric K
Furkan G, Manager at Private Istanbul Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Dear Eric K. Thank you so much for your considered and detailed review. It was a total pleasure. We are so pleased when clients are kind enough to take time out from their busy lives to support us with the written words. We hope to...More

Reviewed 17 April 2018
The most patient tour guide

Derya was so patient with us, we asked her to take us shopping after our old city tour and she was so nice and friendly the whole 2 - 3 hours. Extremely patient, assisted with our shopping and bargained prices on our behalf. Fukran her...More

Thank Ntombenhle C
Furkan G, Manager at Private Istanbul Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 18 April 2018

Dear Ntombenhle C, Thanks so much for your kind review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour with us. Don't hesitate to get in touch the next time you're in Istanbul. All the best, Furkan G.

Reviewed 11 April 2018
HIghly recommended - great private walking tour for family with Furkan

We recently spent a week in Istanbul and arranged a full day private walking tour with Furkan on our first day so we could orient ourselves at our own pace and get a deeper understanding of this fascinating city and its history. This was really...More

Thank travellingbarbs
Furkan G, Manager at Private Istanbul Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2018

Dear Travellingbarbs, Thank you for sharing your experience here for others to read. It was a brilliant day with plenty of memorable moments. Thank you for choosing Private Istanbul Walking Tours. It was a total pleasure. All the best, Furkan G.

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