Istanbul - Old City Tour

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Welcome to Grand Tour Istanbul. We offer private, customized day tours around one of the most interesting and historically important cities in the world. By far the best way to see Istanbul is with your own private tour. You'll get an itinerary customized to what you want to see and do but with the flexibility to change it as you go, on the fly! Your guide will be focused one hundred percent on what you want to see and do. Stop for lunch anytime or eat on the run. Linger for an entire afternoon in Topkapi Palace or just see the highlights. Want to see as much as you can in a limited time? Your guide will structure your itinerary to reduce travel time between sites. Whatever you want to do and however you want to do it, your guide will advise and assist in making your stay as fun and fulfilling as possible.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Grand Tour Istanbul

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years (1465-1856) of their 624-year reign. As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a major tourist attraction and contains important holy relics of the Muslim world, including Muhammed’s cloak and sword.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Blue Mosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616 during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques it also contains the tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. While still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, then a museum, and once again a mosque in Istanbul. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453 it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral and seat of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. The cistern is located 150 meters southwest of the Hagia Sophia. It was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome

The Hippodrome was a Roman Circus and was the site of chariot and horse races as well as being an important sporting and social center in Constantinople

Duration: 15 minutes
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