Private tour

Istanbul: Secret City Treasures Private Tour with Lunch

Istanbul: Secret City Treasures Private Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: Tour Altinkum
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From US$ 121.49 US$ 103.27 per person

Visit the sights of Istanbul that most interest you on a customizable, 8-hour tour with a private guide. Marvel at monuments from the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, and Basilica Cistern.

About this activity

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Duration 8 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English, Russian, Spanish, Japanese
Pickup included
• Hotels: Please wait in the lobby of your hotel • Port: You will be greeted with a sign with your name written on it
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the highlights of Istanbul with private guide
  • See the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans, Topkapi Palace
  • Visit Basilica Cistern, the underground water storage from Roman period
  • Marvel at Hagia Sophia, the church of Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture constructed
  • Visit the Blue Mosque, also known as Mosque of Sultan Ahmet
Full description
Explore the highlights of Istanbul according to your interests with your professional tour guide. Upon meeting your guide at your hotel or port, walk to the Sultan Ahmet where many of the attractions are located. Visit the Blue Mosque, also known as Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, which boats a unique feature of 6 minarets. View its glorious interiors and distinctive blue tiles and proceed to the only remains of Hippodrome of Constantinople, which consist of 3 monumental columns and a fountain. This is where chariot races took place in the past. Next, visit Topkapi Palace, once the seat of the Ottoman Empire. Presently, its a museum palace with a wide collection of porcelain, antiques, holy relics and other treasures. Next, proceed to Hagia Sophia, the church of Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 2nd century by Emperor Justinian. Finally, it's off to the Grand Bazaar. Following the introduction by your guide at Turkey’s biggest oriental carpet export center you will have some free time to browse its 1200 spice and gold shops.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Ground transportation
  • Multilingual licensed tour guide
  • Skip-the-line entry privileges
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Entry fees
  • Drinks with lunch
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card for children

Know before you go

  • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and will be replaced with the Basilica Cistern
  • The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and will be replaced with the Arasta Bazaar
  • The Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays due to Friday prayer. On these days, you will visit the garden only
  • Depending on the attraction(s) you visit, you will need to pay entry fees per person on the day of your trip. The Topkapi Palace with Hagia Irene is 200 TRY, the Harem Section of Topkapi Palace is 125 TRY, and the Basilica Cistern is 80 TRY. Your guide will have pre-paid skip-the-line tickets to avoid long ticket queues. The cost of used entry tickets can be paid to your guide in USD, Euro, or Turkish lira
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 3 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Safety
    5/5
  • Service
    5/5

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An individual experience - thanks to our guide

We spontaneously booked the personal tour because the BigBus tour was nice but not very individual. In addition, the waiting times put us off a little. The fact that we were picked up at the hotel and that our guide dealt with all of our plans and ideas made this event a first-class experience

May 7, 2019

September 22, 2019

Our guide’s love of Turkey clearly shown through.

September 24, 2019

Product ID: 156129