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Private Tour of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia & Grand Bazaar & More

Private Tour of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia & Grand Bazaar & More

From $234.77 per person

Explore the crossroads of the world in Istanbul with your Private Guide. Discover the majesty of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, the history of the Hippodrome, and the wonders of Topkapi palace before shopping in the Grand Bazaar.

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Duration 8 hours
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Highlights
  • Discover the wonders of Hagia Sophia
  • Snap some pictures of the tile work in the Blue Mosque
  • Follow your private guide for an amazing history lesson at the Hippodrome
  • Wander the halls of Topkapi Palace
  • Barter for the best deals at the Grand Bazaar
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The morning sun hits your face as you look out across the Bosphorus to a different continent. Here in Istanbul, the crossroads of the world, your day of excitement is just beginning. Today you'll be treated to a full day private tour of this exquisite town. Begin your journey at the Hagia Sophia. This incredible architectural wonder has stood on these grounds for centuries. For years it was the largest church in the world, but it is the dome that makes it stand out to this day. The church's name means "Divine Wisdom" and you'll soon discover why. Next, walk across the park to the Blue Mosque. Snap some pictures of the thousands of blue tiles that give this mosque its nickname. In Turkish, they still call it Sultanahmet Mosque, as it stands close to the Topkapi Palace and was used by the leaders of the city during their reign. After the more "modern" visits, we'll step back in time to the Hippodrome, built in 203 C.E. The Roman Emperor Septimus Severus built these grounds as a place for fun and games, and today they serve as a reminder of Istanbul's long history. We then head to Topkapi Palace, the home of rulers during the Ottoman Empire. Your guide explains to you its history and you can explore its many rooms filled with incredible relics of the past. Finally we head out for some shopping in the Grand Bazaar. These nearly 4,000 shops and stalls have everything your heart desires, so try your hand at bartering for the best deals around!
Includes
  • Fully Guided Full Day Istanbul Tour
  • Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, nonsmoking coaches on local tours
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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  • Please note the following closing times; Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday. The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 3 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Nuestro guía Resat nos explicó todo a detalle y de una manera divertida, las 8 horas del tour fueron muy bien aprovechadas. El guía era una muy buena persona y al ser turco nos ayudó a entender con facilidad cómo es el vivir ahí además de toda la historia. En cuanto al transporte, no es muy necesario ya que todos los sitios de interés están a una distancia caminable, solo lo usamos para la ida y vuelta al hotel.

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August 9, 2019

I had the most beautiful experience in Istanbul the day i went touring with Leyla she was really kind and i had so much fun. I learned a looot about the turkish heritage she told me so many intresting stories about the byzantine and Othmane times that i really admired. She was so helpful she even recommended me some good restaurant and shops. I m thankful for my friend who recommended this tour with a private guide and i highly recommande it.

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August 22, 2021

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THE GUIDE HAD PERFECT SPANISH BUT LITTLE INTEREST IN HIS TASK

We had great expectations, it was our first visit to Istanbul, the Guide spoke perfect Spanish, but he was not very interested in accompanying the visit and the information was scarce.

September 14, 2019

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