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Istanbul: Topkapi and Hagia Sophia Small Group Tour

1. Istanbul: Topkapi and Hagia Sophia Small Group Tour

Meet your professional and local guide at a central Sultanahmet location and enjoy a small group or private tour of the Hagia Sophia. See the famous landmark in all its 6th-century glory. Climb up the gallery with your guide to see the mosaics surviving from this ancient church, former mosque, and now internationally famous museum. Continue your journey to Topkapi Palace, the second stop for the day. Here you can explore the palace grounds, courtyards, and its Harem on a guided tour. Later on, visit the Harem, ruled by the Queen Mother who wielded domestic and political power (if option selected). The harem housed hundreds of women and family members as well as hundreds of eunuchs, who performed a wide range of duties. Marvel at its opulence and mystery and learn about this period in Istanbul's history. See several exhibitions inside the Palace. Admire cupboard doors inlaid with mother of pearl and tortoiseshell and stunning Iznik tiles with verses from the Quran. Your tour will end with a visit to the holy relics and the imperial kitchens.

From Istanbul: Private Cappadocia 2-Day Tour

2. From Istanbul: Private Cappadocia 2-Day Tour

Day 1: After getting picked up at your hotel by your guide and taking a short flight to Cappadocia, head to your first location, Devrent Valley. Discover churches, Roman graveyards and rock-carved settlements here, before heading to Pasabag Valley. Here, stroll through the famous fairy chimneys and see these amazing structures up close. Pay a visit to Avanos pottery workshops, where you can see the locals hard at work crafting their clay pieces and try your hand at making your own pottery or buy some souvenirs. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Cappadocian lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Göreme, the heart of the region. Once again you can see the hundreds of fairy chimneys that surround this town and learn about their history from your local tour guide. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum, one of the best-known places in Cappadocia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, learn about the purposes and history of the rock carvings that make this area so special. Your last stop of the day is Uchisar Castle, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Cappadocia and take unforgettable pictures. Day 2. After a good night’s rest, head to Red Valley and follow the walking trails to abandoned old cave churches lit up by the scarlet rocks that give the valley its name. Then head to Güllüdere Valley and see for yourself the rocks that change color depending on the weather and amount of sunlight available. You can also explore churches, monasteries, and shelters in this valley before heading to Cavusin Village, an ancient settlement with the best viewpoint from which to admire the fairy chimneys in Pasabag Valley. Take some great pictures here before heading to lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, head to Pigeon Valley. See the pigeon houses and the hoards of pigeons that inhabit this region up close and admire the views of the valley. Finally, head to Kaymaklı Underground City, one of over 100 underground cities in Cappadocia. Be amazed by the way of life of the people who lived in this city as you discover their shelters, churches, and stables. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Istanbul.

Istanbul: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local

3. Istanbul: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local

Spend half a day exploring the sights and landmarks of Istanbul with a local driver. The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and some time to discuss and customize the tour to suit your interests. From there, head off into the city and immerse yourself in the magic of Istanbul. Discover the rich-history of the city, dating back to the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Marvel at iconic buildings including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, and the Dolmabahçe Palace. As you explore, listen to your driver share fascinating local insight into Istanbul’s impressive history, culture, and traditions. Finish the tour with a visit to Bosphorus Bridge where you can admire epic views. By the end of the tour, you’ll have a better understanding of Istanbul’s history and landmarks, as well as plenty of recommendations to enhance your vacation.

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Wear comfortable shoes!

Guide was friendly and spoke good English. Started off at Topkapi Palace and at first the tour seemed quite rushed (5 mins in this bit, 5 mins in the next) but it soon became clear that this place is HUGE and there is a lot to see in a few hours. It was very crowded but the guide was able to take us on a route so as to avoid the large groups. Glad we chose the tour to include the Harem section as this was the best bit of the Palace. The Hagia Sophia part of the tour was an hour and, again, well worth doing. Stunning place and very interesting story (and I'm not keen on history). After the guide had finished the tour, we were able to remain there to wander around at our leisure.

Fantastic Personal Guide Experience

We were in a group of 4 people, and the guide provided a very personalized experience. He was knowledgeable about both the palace and Hagia Sophia, had answers to all questions, helped navigate around long lines and crowds, and made the tour very interesting. We were on our feet for the entire 4 hours, which became a bit tiring, but there was so much to see this was necessary.

It was great to have a private tour with a knowledgeable guide. It was easy to move around the larger tour groups with ease and skipping the ticket lines. The guide gave us great recommendations for the rest of the trip and helped with public transportation. We picked a great time to go!

Our guide was Chitin (and apologies I am most likely spelling his name wrong). He was fantastic, knew a lot! Answered all questions and made the 5 hour tour really enjoyable in a perfect pace! Thanks very much again!

Discovering these monuments with the guide was much more interesting rather than doing it by one's self. A lots to learn. We really appreciate