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

1. 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 attractions. Located close to Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque was considered the Supreme Imperial Mosque in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. The former palace boasted a population of about 4,000 people at its peak and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years. Located on a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, it sits in tranquil gardens that provide shade from the blazing heat of the summer. Pop in to the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem, among other attractions. The Hippodrome is the former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. Three monuments from the original building remain, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column, and the Constantine Column. Pause to look at the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble columns. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handcraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric, and it's a great place to try out your bargaining skills. The spice bazaar is located in Fatih. It's known as the Egyptian Market because during the Ottoman period, Egyptian exports were sold there. The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses are located at the narrowest point of Bosphorus. There are also magnificent Ottoman palaces and mosques along the Bosphorus. Keep an eye out for them. Built in the 19th century, Dolmabahce Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and housed some of the last Ottoman Sultans. The palace site was created by filling in the small bay on the Bosphorus. This gave rise to its name — in Turkish, Dolma means "filled" or "stuffed," and bahce means "garden". Istiklal Street is brimming with life. There, you'll find a plethora of shops, restaurants, and bars, and from there, it's an interesting and scenic 2-kilometer walk down to the Tunel Galata Tower area. See this and more depending on which length tour option you select. Possible Itinerary for each day of the tour: Day 1: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome Day 2: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square, Istiklal, Galata Tower Day 3: Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church, Fener/Balat Districts, Pierre Loti Hill

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Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour with Local Guide

2. Bosphorus Cruise and Two Continents Tour with Local Guide

Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) was built between 1597 and 1664, also it is the second oldest covered bazaar in the city. You can find exotic aromas and various spices. It contains fruit vegetable, flower and fish shops inside. Rustem Pasha Mosque, for a tour. It was built by a famous Bosnian, Rüstem Pasha and designed by -one the most famous architect in history- Mimar Sinan. One of the most famous mosque in Istanbul for her interior design. Dolmabahce Palace, was the first European style palace. It was built by Ottoman Sultans between 1843 and 1846.This is the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Also famous with the great collection of European antiquity. Ataturk lived the final part of his life in the palace and died there. Bosphorus Strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and splits the European and Asian sides of Turkey. Bosphorus Bridge, pass through the bridge and watch the beautiful view. It is 1704m long and was the 4th longest bridge around the world. Don’t miss this unique chance to pass from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in 2 minutes. Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul city and Bosphorus. Take a little break for lunch here and enjoy the view while you are eating your tasty meal. Ortakoy, is a cosmopolitan area, bordering waters of the Bosphorus. Turks, Greeks, Armenians and Jews are leaving here. The neighbourhood hosts many different religious. It is also a popular spot for locals with art galleries, night clubs, and restaurants.

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Full-Day Istanbul Ancient Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour

3. Full-Day Istanbul Ancient Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour

After departing from your hotel, we will take a trip to the historic peninsula of old Istanbul, the place from which the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires once ruled their vast realms. This all-day tour of the ancient city’s relics will show you how deep the history goes. Our first stop will be the Hippodrome, Istanbul’s ancient sports stadium. In Byzantine times, the Hippodrome, which sits next to the Blue Mosque, was a huge open-air arena with banks of seats forming an elongated oval shape. Then it’s on to the 16th-century Blue Mosque. Take a moment to gaze at its majestic domes, peaceful courtyards, and its six slender minarets. Your next stop will be Hagia Sophia, one of the world’s architectural marvels. Afterward there will be a chance to shop at the nearby stores and stands before having lunch at a local restaurant. From there you will visit Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans. Feel the ghosts of the imperial past brushing up against you as you visit the harem, the private quarters of the Sultan’s family and the subject of much western fantasizing. Your last stop of day is Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. Dating back to 1461, this immense covered market is one of the liveliest and most colorful parts of the old city. Istanbul is a complex, ancient history, and this full-day walking tour shows you a history as colorful and complex as the city’s famous market.

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Istanbul: Highlights Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

4. Istanbul: Highlights Tour and Bosphorus Cruise

See the main historical sights of Istanbul and take a 2.5-hour luxury cruise along the beautiful shoreline as the sun sets. Visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Little Hagia Sophia Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Learn about their histories on a guided tour. See the site of the Ancient Roman hippodrome. Transfer to the glass-encased luxury yacht in the evening and enjoy a welcome drink of traditional Turkish demirhindi. Enjoy the sights of the city at dusk with informative commentary. Feel the soothing breeze coming over the Sea of Marmara at dusk on this highlights tour and cruise in Istanbul.

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Bosphorus Boat Trip and Old City Tour For Layover Passangers

5. Bosphorus Boat Trip and Old City Tour For Layover Passangers

Meet your guide at the airport. He will be waiting for you holding a sign with your name. You'll then drive to Buyuk Valide Han, one of the best spots for taking photos of Istanbul, After that, it's off to Taksim Square to visit Istiklal Street. You can walk along the Istiklal Street and taste some Turkish food. Next, it's Bebek where you can get your 1-hour private Bosphorus boat tour. Other highlights of the tour are exploring the old city and learning about Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. Depending on the time and your interests you can visit some of this sites too. Please note that Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday, Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesdays and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

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Istanbul: Half Day Morning Walking Tour

6. 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, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome. You will also see one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, The Grand Bazaar.

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Istanbul: Small Group, Old City, Full Day Walking Tour

7. Istanbul: Small Group, Old City, Full Day Walking Tour

Your guide will collect you from your hotel around 8 AM in a climate-controlled vehicle to embark on a walking tour of Istanbul's Sultanahmet, the heart of the Old City and both Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Your first stop is the 1500-year-old Hagia Sophia, with its grand, gilded dome: your guide will explain its rich heritage and history.  Next, stroll to the Blue Mosque, with its six slender minarets. Built for Sultan Ahmet I in the seventeenth century, it's one of the best-preserved examples of Ottoman architecture. Continue to Istanbul's Hippodrome, once the site of epic chariot races, and also the center of Byzantine life for a thousand years. Your guide will explain the countless dramas that have unfolded on this site. Stop at the historic Caferaga Medresesi to learn about traditional handicrafts and music, before breaking for lunch at a local restaurant. Your next stop is Topkapi Palace, the home of the Ottoman sultans, their harem and their eunuchs for around 400 years. Finally, delve into the stalls and alleyways of the Grand Bazaar, one of the most famous markets in the world. Haggle for jewelry, leather, or carpets, or simply window shop. Your tour finishes at 5 PM in central Sultanahmet.

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Full-Day Tour of Islamic Istanbul

8. Full-Day Tour of Islamic Istanbul

On this full-day tour of Islamic Istanbul learn how Islam spread throughout the city with the rise of the Ottoman Empire. Start out at Topkapi Palace, home to the Ottoman sultans from the 15th-19th centuries. The palace houses the jewels of the Imperial Treasury and relics of the Prophet Mohammed. See the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, dating from the 16th century. It is also known as the Blue Mosque due to the blue Iznik tiles that cover its interior. The 15th-century Eyup Sultan Mosque was the first grand mosque built in the city proper, while the first imperial mosque inside the city walls was the Fatih Mosque, dating from later in the 15th century.

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What people are saying about Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 109 reviews

OMG I am not sure where to start our guide Cicek was amazing she was pleasant and very knowledgeable,she made us feel at home and walk us through all the main landmark ,caring she allowed us to customize the tour how we see fit and go with our pace,showed us great hidden jam in one word my friend and I had a great time and we're happy with the tour and Cicek's lovely service! this is definitely a great way to explore Instanbul we did the one day option and enjoyed it!

We were lucky that we had Ayla as our guide. She is a very competent, experienced and always polite woman. Ayla speaks German very well. She has a very personable manner and explained everything to us in a very understandable way. We would book it again and again or recommend it to others. Thank you Ayla for this wonderful day.

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

Excellent time, very attentive guide who speaks perfect French, without his sympathy. His explanations, his implication was irreproachable. Thank you very much for this wonderful day

Everything was as described in the tour, Mirey excellent guide in Spanish, with much knowledge of history, important dates, mosques, Palaces and more. Highly recommended.