You will meet Samyeli Travel guide at the Port of Istanbul from where you will start your Private Istanbul Tour.
First monument you will visit is a place from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled Sultan Ahmet Center. After that you will go to the mosque Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture which was built in the period of Justinian Empire. From there you will see our other destination to visit, a Blue Mosque, which is consisted of 6 minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
The next place to visit will be a great Topkapi Palace, a home of the Ottoman sultans in the period from 15th to the 19th century. Spoonmakers diamond, Topkapi dagger, collections of crystals and Chinese porcelain, as well as the robes of the sultans and their families you will have a chance to see from close. Besides, in this place is placed one of the oldest underground cistern with 336 decorated columns in the world which was built in the 6th century, during the Emperor Justinian reign.
We will visit the Grand Bazaar where you will have the opportunity to buy souvenirs and handmade crafts and to feel the spirit of the bargain. Jewelry- silver and gold, leather jackets, carpets made of silk, all of that you will find in the Grand Bazaar. Once the tour is finished you will be returned to the Port of Istanbul.
Price for Istanbul Tour includes:
- Pick-up & Drop-off at Port of Istanbul
- A/C private transportation
- Professional guiding service
- Entrance fees*
*Only for a sight in plan
Notice: Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, Hagia Sophia on Monday and Grand Covered Bazaar on Sunday
DURATION: approx 7-8 Hours
You will be met by your guide at the Port of Istanbul where you will begin your Private Istanbul Tour.
First we will visit the “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian.
Then we will visit Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of heodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.
Topkapı Palace The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
Grand Covered Bazaar, Most attractive shopping center and biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs.
Once the tour has finished you will be returned to the Port of Istanbul.
CLOSED = Topkapi Palace on Tuesday and replaced with Underground Cistern, Hagia Sophia on Monday and replaced with Underground Cistern, Grand Covered Bazaar on Sunday.
Pick up & drop-off at Port of Istanbul,
A/C private transportation,
Lunch & Drinks,
Any Gratuities for Guide & Driver