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  1. Turkey
  2. Istanbul
  3. Grand Bazaar

Istanbul: Private Old City Walk

Product ID: 168434
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An escorted excursion through the charismatic streets of Old Istanbul encountering many of its historical mosques, palaces and bazaars.
About this activity
Duration 7 days
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

You are going to meet with your guide at 09.00 am at your hotel reception.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia
  • See the Topkapi Palace
  • Experience the Blue Mosque
  • Walk through the Grand Bazaar
Full description
Your private tour guide will meet you at your hotel reception at 9:00AM, and together you will either walk or catch public transportation to the Old City. Your private Istanbul Old City walk is a full-day walking tour that covers the main highlights of the city such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar.

You will start your tour with a visit to the Topkapi Palace, which was the home and seat of the government of the Ottomans for nearly 400 years. It’s the heart of the great Ottoman Empire, ruled by the monarch who lived in Topkapi’s Harem section with a huge family and servants. You will then visit the Blue Mosque, which is the second largest mosque in Istanbul and was built during the regime of Sultan Ahmet. It is known for its 16th century blue Iznik tiles and 6 minarets.

After this, you will have a lunch break and continue to the Hagia Sophia, the church of divine wisdom. Built as a church by the Byzantines and decorated with mosaic tile icons, it served as a mosque during the Ottoman era. It is still today one of the most popular museums in the city. Your tour will end with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, which was built in the second half of the 15th century and is the largest covered bazaar in the world with its more than 4000 shops.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Professional licensed tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Know before you go
Please note on Tuesdays, Topkapi Palace is closed so you will visit Basilica Cistern
On Sundays, The Grand Bazaar is closed so you will visit the Arasta Bazaar
Children must be accompanied by an adult
At the time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums, no shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed, knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
A moderate amount of walking is involved
Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
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