Private tour

Istanbul: Private Old City Walk - Skip the Ticket lines.

Istanbul: Private Old City Walk - Skip the Ticket lines.

From US$ 180 per person

An escorted excursion through the charismatic streets of Old Istanbul encountering many of its historical mosques, palaces and bazaars.

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Duration 6.5 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
Pickup included
Your guide will meet you at your accommodation, Istanbul Galataport cruise port, or holiday rental.
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Visit the Basilica Cistern
  • 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 08.45 AM, and you will walk or catch public transportation to the Old City together. Your private Istanbul Old City walk is a full-day walk covering the city's main highlights, such as the Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, 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 vast family and servants. You will then visit the Blue Mosque, the second largest mosque in Istanbul and built during Sultan Ahmet's regime. It is known for its 16th-century blue Iznik tiles and six minarets. Please note that the Blue Mosque is partly open to visitors due to the restoration works. We will then continue to the Basilica Cistern (Underground cistern), the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Your tour will end with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, built in the second half of the 15th century and is the largest covered bazaar in the world, with more than 4000 shops.
  • Entrance fees of the Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • People with heart problems

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • 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, and 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 severe medical conditions
  • An adult must accompany children
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Wheelchair accessible; please advise at the time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required

Product ID: 168434