This is a classic walking tour that is recommended for anyone who visits Istanbul for the first time.

You will be visiting the most famous and important monuments in the Old City, and they are close to each other.

Be prepared to spend an unforgettable day, marveling at impressive structures that will create sweet memories for you with their stories.

Istanbul’s rich layers of history are concentrated in the Old City. Monuments on this tour deliver the essence of Istanbul’s historical grandeur, characteristic life style, mysteries above and under the ground, and the might of the empires that made it the crown of their glory.
There are plenty of options to indulge your appetite for the tastiest Turkish food in the Old City. Authentic dishes perfected in the palace kitchens, mouth watering gyros, sizzling spicy kebabs, endless varieties of Turkish delight and sweets…We will take you there…
While in the Grand Bazaar, don’t forget to take a little break from the shopping and have a cup of strong, aromatic Turkish coffee in the historical coffee shop. It will be a perfect opportunity to enjoy the Turkish way of life and get a second wind towards the end of our day…We might even read our fortune from the coffee cups…
This is your private tour to enjoy to the fullest. We walk at your pace, talk about anything you want to know regarding our beautiful country, rest a little if you need to and stop to take pictures.
While visiting mosques, female visitors are kindly asked to cover their hair. Please bring a scarg along if you prefer to use your own.Otherwise, they will be available at the entrance.

TOPKAPI PALACE

The opulent residence of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly half a century, this medieval palace was the center for power and authority of a world empire.Huge imperial kitchens, an impressive collection of arms, an astonishing treasury with thrones, golden cradles, rubies, emeralds, and one of the biggest diamonds in the world. Shady corridors of the harem and tile covered pavillions around marble fountains in tulip gardens…Sacred relics, life stories of young slave concubines and their unimaginable rise to power as the queen of the empire. Caged princes, maddened sultans, intrigue, power, myth and reality…

BLUE MOSQUE

One of the masterpieces of Ottoman religious architecture, the Blue Mosque is very impressive with its pale rustic colors, a very proportional cascade of domes and six minarets that call the faithful to prayer. It is the early 17th century mosque of young and very pious Sultan Ahmet I, still active and very popular, and it is like an enormous jewelery box covered with exquisite blue Iznik tiles on the inside.

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THE HIPPODROME

The heart of entertainment and social life of ancient Constantinople, the Roman hippodrome was originally built for gladiator and vicious animal fights.With the advancement of a Christian lifestyle of the Byzantine Empire, it became a race track for chariot races, dramatic spectacles and impressive public appearances of Byzantine emperors.

HAGIA SOPHIA

Hagia Sophia is emperor Justinian’s majestic 6th century Eastern Roman cathedral. Rising atop cisterns and mysterious underground passages, it later served as the imperial mosque of Ottoman sultans.  Today, the mega structure is a very impressive museum.

UNDERGROUND CISTERN

Supported by a forest of columns taken from pagan temples, this largest cistern of Istanbul was built in early sixth century as a water reservoir for Constantinople. You will see many big fish swimming in the shallow water. Walk the vast length of the dimly lit cistern on the platfom over the water to discover the mysterious medusa at the very end.

GRAND BAZAAR

A feast of colors and a paradise for shoppers… The ancient Grand Bazaar is the oldest shopping mall in the world. It is an endless, twenty gated maze of covered streets lined with artisan shops, vibrant stores filled with colorful glassware, gold, silver, jewelery, kilims, hamam towels, antiques and souvenirs. The bazaar might be an exotic attraction for visitors, but it is a favorite shopping mecca for the locals as well.

  • Topkapi Palace…Blue Mosque…Hippodrome…Hagia Sophia…Underground Cistern…Grand Bazaar
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An unforgettable full-day journey into the glorious history of Istanbul...

Enjoy the benefits of touring the fascinating Old City with a highly knowledgeable and friendly private tour guide. No waiting in line, whenever possible.
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