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  • Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

    1. Highlights of Istanbul: 1 or 2-Day Private Guided Tour

    Day 1 – Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hipporome, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar Explore the highlights of Istanbul on this private full-day walking tour that covers the major attractions, from the Hagia Sophia Museum, to the iconic Blue Mosque, to the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, to the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. The 8-hour excursion starts with a pick-up from your Istanbul hotel and a walk through the lively streets of Turkey’s largest city to visit the dramatic former basilica of the Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia  or 'divine wisdom', it is one of the great...

    Numaan,our guide, did an excellent job showing us the prime sights in Istanbul. He was flexible in adjusting the schedule to meet our needs and made good recommendations.

  • Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3 Day Private Guided Tour

    2. Best of Istanbul: 1, 2 or 3 Day Private Guided Tour

    Discover the best of Istanbul on this 1, 2, or 3-day private tour that covers the major attractions, such as the Hagia Sophia Museum, the iconic Blue Mosque, the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar, and the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople. A few of the possible attraction you'll visit on your tour include: The Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. For many centuries, this was the largest church in the world, and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul's in London, St. Peter's in Rome, and the Duomo in Florence. Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia or 'divine wisdom', it is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. The Blue Mosque, more officially known as the "Sultanahmet" Mosque has striking blue tiles give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic at...

    Fantastic two days. The guide (Kadir) was a wealth of historical knowledge at every stop. Packs a tremendous amount in two days. Highly organized and allows time for insights at every stop. Perfect experience

  • Istanbul: Blue Mosque and Old Town Guided Historical Tour

    3. Istanbul: Blue Mosque and Old Town Guided Historical Tour

    Immerse yourself in the history of Istanbul as you visit some of the most interesting sites of the city.  Begin your tour by visiting the Million Stone, built in the early 4th century AD, which is considered the origin of all roads leading to the European cities of the Byzantine Empire. Continue your walk to the German Fountain - a gift from the German Emperor Wilhelm II to Sultan Abdulhamid II from 1898. Next, see the Palace of Ibrahim Pasha, an Ottoman imperial court residence built in the 16th century. Admire the unique building and learn about its history. Then, visit the Hippodrome, which was the center of political and sporting life in Istanbul during the reign of the Roman and Ottoman Empire.  The tour ends in the courtyards of the Blue Mosque. The tour guide will inform you about all the important highlights inside the Blue Mosque. Afterward, you can discover the UNESCO World ...

    There were only 3 of us but it made for an excellent intimate setting and “John Lennon/Wayne” () was brilliant and knew a lot about Istanbul’s 8500 year history. Loved it.

  • Istanbul Private Guided Tour

    4. Istanbul Private Guided Tour

    Discover the highlights of Istanbul on a private full-day tour that takes in the major attractions. Begin with a walk through the lively streets of Turkey's largest city to visit the dramatic former basilica of the Hagia Sophia; a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Move on to the Blue Mosque, officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque. It is the mosque's striking blue tiles that give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul's most iconic attractions. Continue to Topkapi Palace, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. You will also visit the Hippodrome, the former circus built in 203 A.D. by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. See the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. You'll also get to check out the gazebo-like German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble colum...

    The tour could not have been successful without Nesli. Sure, we could have seen the same sights, but Nesli's personal touch all along the way made for a day that we'll never forget!

  • Istanbul: Full-Day Private Guided Tour

    5. Istanbul: Full-Day Private Guided Tour

    Meet your private guide at your hotel to being your tour. Marvel at the iconic tiles and minarets of the Blue Mosque, built in the 1600s for Sultan Ahmet. Feast your eyes on the mosaics of the Hagia Sophia and discover a stunning and seamless blend of Christian and Islamic influences. Amble through the world's largest (and oldest) covered market on a tour of the Grand Bazaar and see the Basilica Cistern, an underground water storage. Travel back further to the Byzantine Empire, when the city was known as “Constantinople” at the Hippodrome and its 4 monuments; the Fountain Of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk Of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, and the Column Of Constantine. Go to Topkapı Palace to see the last Imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans, and the seat of the Parliament.

    My wife and I hired Caner recently for a day-long private tour of some of Istabul’s most important sights, and we were so happy that we did! Caner is one of the best guides we’ve ever had – he is warm and friendly, his English is excellent, and his knowledge of Istabul’s history is incredible! He clearly loves the work that he does, and his enthusiasm is infectious. (He even takes great pictures!) Most of all, we were so appreciative of how he went out of his way to make sure that the day was as comfortable as possible for my wife, who is pregnant. We highly recommend doing this tour with Caner!

  • Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & Grand Bazaar with Entry Tickets

    6. Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & Grand Bazaar with Entry Tickets

    Experience Istanbul's imperial past and see some of the city's best-known monuments on this half-day tour! You will visit the Hagia Sophia, one of the finest works of art and architecture in the world, along with the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and minarets and one of the main components of Istanbul's skyline. Next up is the Hippodrome, the center of sporting and political activities in Constantinople.  You will also get to see an obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi, and the fountain of Willhelm II. The Grand Bazaar, with its rich collection of handmade carpets, jewelry, leather, and souvenirs, offers numerous shopping options at the end of your adventure. When selecting your tour date, please keep in mind that the Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. On Mondays, you'll go to Kaariye Museum instead, where you'll see a beautiful example of a Byzantine Church.

    The driver was courteous and the transfer was flawless. The tour guide assigned to the group is knowledgeable, kind and made us all comfortable throughout the tour. He gave us a number of useful tips prior to each stop and made the experience fun! The guide ensured that we participated throughout the tour with Q&A byte sessions. The Turkish Carpet presentation included in the tour was held at the Istanbul Handicraft store - it was informative and a sensory experience for us. He even helped us buy the right delicacies at Hafiz Mustafa. We decided to opt out of the Grand Bazaar, and wanted to visit the Basilica Cistern, which was not on the tour - the tour guide helped us with our query of how to get through, what to see and what to avoid en route. It was an excellent half day tour.

  • Istanbul: Half Day Morning Walking Tour

    7. Istanbul: Half Day Morning Walking Tour

    Visit Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. St.Sophia has been the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. It is considered the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After having been the Patriarchal basilica of Constantinople, it was converted into a mosque in 1453 by Sultan Mehmet II. the Conqueror and in to a museum by Atataürk in 1935. Explore the Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. The last great imperial mosque of the classical period, its name comes from the 20,000 marvelous blue-toned Iznik tiles decorating the interior walls. Discover the Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpe...

    I was picked up from my hotel as scheduled although the structure of the tour was not explained at the time. We waited for the driver and was taken to a central meeting spot where a few of us were told to come off the bus. Then it was explained by Songu who was the tour guide for my tour the structure of the morning and day for the ones who had booked for a full day tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, very friendly and helpful and we had a small group of 6. She gave us time to ourselves at each location and at the end she helped to direct me back to my hotel after the tour. A very lovely morning and a good way to be introduced to Istanbul. Thank you

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What people are saying about Serpent Column

We had the best experience ever with Yasin! He did a phenomenal job showing us all of Istanbul & giving us history lessons on all the areas we went too. We also got to skip the long lines for tickets which saved us so much time! He also took us to a incredible restaurant with authentic Turkish cussine! I highly recommend this for anyone trying to see Istanbul in one day!!

Our guide was great. The first tour i have taken that is private. From the beginning, we immediately felt that we weren't taking a tour. We were spending time with a friend who is knowledgeable and passionate about the history of this beautiful place.

Fantastic two days. The guide (Kadir) was a wealth of historical knowledge at every stop. Packs a tremendous amount in two days. Highly organized and allows time for insights at every stop. Perfect experience

The pick-up location could be coordinated with Ayla, our tour guide, flexibly via WhatsApp. The tour was good, Ayla explained everything well and answered questions optimally. I can only recommend.

Numaan,our guide, did an excellent job showing us the prime sights in Istanbul. He was flexible in adjusting the schedule to meet our needs and made good recommendations.