Private Tours in Istanbul

Check out our suggestion for a day tour in Istanbul:

SUMMARY OF THE DAY

  • Hippodrome of Constantinople;
  • Blue Mosque;
  • Santa Sofia;
  • Basilica Cistern;
  • Great Bazaar;

TOUR DETAILS

 

Blue Mosque

A work inaugurated in 1616, which is one of the most historical mosque in Istanbul. It is a place of worship of Muslims.

For the Blue Mosque, women are required to wear a head scarf covering their hair and shoulders. Jeans, long skirts, blouses and tunics are welcome. But don’t worry there is blue handkerchiefs to use in transit through the Mosque if you do not have the proper clothing.

This visit lasts about an hour and a half. Photos are allowed.

Exterior view of the famous Sultan Ahmet or Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

Santa Sofia

It was built in 537 by the Roman emperor Justinian. It was the largest Basilica in the Christian world until the 17th century.

Saint Sophia today is a history museum. Besides knowing an architecture and a millenarian construction, you will feel the joy of the legacies left by the Christians and Muslims of the previous centuries.

The cost of admission is 30₺ per person. Children under 12 years are free of charge. Photos are allowed.

Basilica Cistern

It’s without a doubt one of the most famous Byzantine works in Istanbul. Built by order of Emperor Justinian to supply the basilica of Hagia Sophia. The construction was made with 336 columns that were taken from ancient pagan temples and was built with a capacity of 80 million cubic meters of water. It is a super exotic environment and still stands out for having an image with two Medusa heads. A place manages to excites everyone with its stairs and little shining lights.

Entrance costs 20₺.Children under 6 years are free of charge. Photos are allowed.

Grand Bazaar

With our company, you will have the knowledge of the best shops in the bazaar and also have a general idea about the quality of the city. We will always be there to help help you with the translations,so expect a lot of bargains! Grand Bazaar is the first covered mall in the world and since 1461 holds a place for many shopping lovers. It’s basically a heaven for jewelleries, scarves, carpets..etc. In addition to all of these we always prefer to accompany our passengers on this visit to prevent any problems that may occur.

We can stay from one hour to two hours depending on your choice. It’s totally up to you.

How long does this tour last?

The guide’s service is approximately 8 hours a day. In general, we start at 9 am (or another time of your choice) and we continue on until 5 pm (if it starts at 9 am). If you prefer to choose another path for this journey , please feel free to sit back and let us arrange everything.

If you are not staying near to Sultan Ahmet you will need a private transport. We can get that covered with a private van and speed the things up ,we can use the public transport as well which works really well to get to know the city.

 

We meet in the morning in the hotel lobby at the time we agreed. If you also do not have a hotel yet, send us an email so we can help with the reservations with our experienced selections.

If you are interested in entering the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia or Topkapi Palace, we can enter and explain with patience all the history behind the places and satisfy your curiosity.

Just to let you know we are guides accredited by the Ministry of Tourism. Therefore, we are authorised to enter and explain everything about the interior of the tourist sites, both in tourist places mentioned here,and many others all over the Turkey.

 

 

How to book this tour with us?

Kindly send us an informative email with the number of people that will join to the tour,the names and the name of the hotel that you have reserved so we can pick you up in the morning. Just let us know if you have any specific requests.

To mark the date or to remove any doubts, please contact us.

To mark the date or to remove any doubts, please contact us

Extra informations we want you to be aware of!

§ You are allowed to take photos or film anything you like in the Blue Mosque, Santa Sofia and Cistern. To use a professional camera or other equipment such as a tripod, you must ask for local authorisation.
§ To visit the Blue Mosque, it is necessary to take off your shoes and have suitable clothes. On Fridays the mosque is closed until after the midday prayer, so we would leave the Mosque for the end of the day.
§ We usually look for typical things for lunch. So, we are looking for very simple places where the citizens have lunch. They are not luxury places (unless you want to) but we guarantee food is delicious.
§ Entries are not included in the daily rate. We bought the tickets for each person’s entrance to the places of visit and, at the end of the tour, we determine the value of the tickets separately. We buy the tickets before, because the queues can be delayed sometimes, so it would be an advantage to visit more points.
§ Meals are also not included in the tour’s daily rates.

  • If you want somewhere specific for your meal please let us know your specific requests in advance so we can make restaurant reservations.
    Istanbul has so many different cuisines from all over the world so if you want Italian, Japanese, French or Latin restaurant, let us know your preference. In Istanbul there is everything, so we can choose any place together.

 

 

 

Second day in Istanbul

In summary second day contains crossing to the Asian side of the Istanbul, Beylerbeyi Palace,Hill of the Çamlıca,boat tour through the Bosphorus Strait,Rüstem Paşa Mosque and Spice/Egyptian Bazaar.

Beylerbeyi Palace – Boat – Bosphorus – Rüstem Paşa – Spice Bazaar

 

Script for the second day:

Beylerbeyi palace: It used to be a summer palace of the sultans. We can take a boat trip. This tour lasts about an hour and a half with a boat.

In this tour we will have the opportunity to contemplate the natural beauties of the city where you can see the beautiful forests, with different species of trees and flowers specific to the Bosphorus. And of course, appreciate the combination of the luxury Ottoman mansions and modern houses that are on the Bosphorus.

On this day, we can try a fish dish in Pandelli’s restaurant, one of the most historic restaurants in the city where many famous diners had a taste of ;such as Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Melina Mercouri, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of England Spain Juan Carlos…etc. It is a very interesting place because of its turbulent environment. This is just a suggestion, so you can choose other restaurants of your choice.

Moving on from Bosphorus we will visit Rüstem Paşa Mosque.
After that,we will have a time for the spice bazaar, where you will have the opportunity to taste the typical sweets and spices of Turkey and try a variety of natural teas. Especially pashminas, fabrics and ceramics you can find with more quantity and quality.

 

COSTS

 

The cost of this tour depends on the number of people that will participate and chosen hotel. So, send us an email with this informations for an objective answer.

We have special prices for couples. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

In the case of a group of more than 10 people, please contact us to discuss the discounts.

Get ready to be the one of our satisfied travelers;
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