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Adult (Age 6-90)

Experience Old Istanbul While on a Private Walking Tour of the City

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Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Product code: 2414
Overview

Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour starts when you meet your private guide in the lobby of your hotel. First, you will go to the Blue Mosque, Istanbul's most famous mosque famous for its six minarets. Be mesmerised by the beautiful blue tiles as well as the astonishing woven carpets.

After a short walk, you will then see the Hagia Sofia, the most significant and holy work of the Byzantine period. Its past dates back to the fourth century AD. Sultan Mehmet II, who was the conqueror of Constantinople, converted it into a mosque and held his first service there on Friday after the city fell in 1453.

Next, visit the Hippodrome, the sporting and social centre of old Constantinople. Your guide will show you what remains from the original structure including an obelisk and carved columns, and explain the role that chariot races played in eastern Roman life.

Then it's a short walk to the Basilica Cistern, another stunning piece of Byzantine architecture, an underground reservoir constructed to store water from the Valens Aqueduct. Lit by flickering lights reflected in dark pools, it's eerie and mysterious, particularly with its Medusa head columns. Then it is on to the Topkapi Palace where you will discover the world of the Ottoman sultans where these rulers lived for ages. Be surprised when you visit the Treasury, it features the emerald-and-gold Topkapi Dagger and the 86-carat 'Spoonmaker's Diamond'.

You will then be able to shop at the Grand Bazaar, with many stores divided into 64 streets. During the Ottoman period, this was not just a market, but also a bank, a stock exchange, and a place for slave auctions. Shop here for souvenirs, such as carpets, brassware, and leather goods and much more and your guide will be happy to assist.

Highlights
  • Visit the Blue Mosque, Istanbul's most famous mosque with its beautiful blue tiles
  • See the Hagia Sofia, the most significant and holy work of the Byzantine period
  • Visit the Hippodrome, the sporting and social centre of old Constantinople
  • Explore the Basilica Cistern an underground reservoir constructed to store water from the Valens Aqueduct
  • Discover the world of the Ottoman sultans at the Topkapi Palace
  • Go to the shoppers paradise of the Grand Bazaar and find some memories to take home
Good to Know
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese, Spanish
  • Duration Duration: 6 to 8 hours
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick up from your Istanbul hotel
  • Cancellation Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 24 hours before the tour starts. Please note we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Professional tour guide
  • Luxurious vehicles for transportation
  • Parking fees
  • Entrance fees
Exclusions
  • Food and drink
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional Gratuities
Meeting Point
Pick up and drop off at your Istanbul hotel (time will be confirmed once the booking is made)

Know Before You Go
  • Comfortable footwear will be important for your experience
  • Make sure you dress appropriately while visiting any religious sites
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Reviewed by Michelle U US   July 19, 2019
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Great tour see all of the beautiful sights in Istanbul in just one day very good experience.
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Joan US   July 20, 2019

Hello Michelle, Thanks for the review. Kind regards, Joan.

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Reviewed by Amanda P GB   May 09, 2019
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I felt that we had the perfect amount of time to see everything that was included in the tour. The sights were all amazing.
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Christine GB   May 10, 2019

Thank you, Amanda, for your feedback on this tour.Kind regards, Christine.

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Reviewed by Jade R US   May 05, 2019
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Great tour to get to know Istanbul in one day. Major highlight covered and enough time to stroll around and take pictures.Hotel pick up included from the European side. Knowledgable guide.
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Brooke US   May 05, 2019

Hello Jade.Thank you for taking the time to write this review.Kind regards, Brooke.

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Reviewed by D la Costa MX   May 04, 2019
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Great itinerary and really knowledgeable guide. thank you!
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Claire GB   April 04, 2019

It is always nice to hear that the guide did a good job. I pass your message on to our team. Thank you, Claire.

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Reviewed by Mickey L AU   April 24, 2019
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Istanbul is a wonderful city and this crash course on Istanbul's history with the top sites included is just an awesome treat.
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Sandy US   April 25, 2019

Thank you very much for your review.Kind regards, Sandy.

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Reviewed by Nakeswa S JP   April 20, 2019
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This was an excellent tour. I felt like I got to see all of Istanbul in a short amount of time, plus it helps you avoid walking around aimlessly hoping you'll see everything. the tour guide was knowledgeable, knew the history and culture and made sure to stop to let us take plenty of pictures.
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Lisa US   May 21, 2019

Great to hear that you found this an excellent tour. Hopefully, your pictures turned out very well. Thank you for your review.Kind regards, Lisa.

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Reviewed by A Kalippe PK   April 13, 2019
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Saw all the highlights in one day.
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Mary US   April 14, 2019

Thank you for your review.Kind regards, Mary.

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Reviewed by Marianna G RU   April 13, 2019
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We took the tour on our first day in Istanbul and it was an excellent way to get our bearing in the old portion of the city. Excellent guide and an appropriate amount of time in each site to experience all of the histories.
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Maria US   April 14, 2019

Hello, Marianna.Thank you for taking the time to write a review.Also nice that you mention that the guide was excellent. I pass your feedback on to our team. Kind regards, Maria.

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Reviewed by Nico P IT   April 12, 2019
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Excellent tour! Our guide was knowledgable about the history and politics of sights, his delivery of information clear and articulate. Highly recommend this tour! Hagia Sophia.....Amazing!
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Yvonne GB   April 13, 2019

Thank you, Nico, for recommending this tour. We at Goodman Tours really appreciated. Thanks, Yvonne.

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Reviewed by Yvonne G NL   April 09, 2019
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Great tour and very informative. The guide did an awesome job.
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Donna GB   April 10, 2019

A great review.Thank you very much, Yvonne.Kind regards, Donna.

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Reviewed by David J IL   April 08, 2019
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Walking tour of most of the major attractions in the old city. The guide was very well knowledgeable, interesting and able to communicate. 
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Karen GB   April 09, 2019

Hello David.Thank you for sharing that the guide was very knowledgeable and was easy to communicate with. I pass your comment on to our team of guides. Thanks,kind regards, Karen.

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Reviewed by Sarah M US   March 28, 2019
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A great day spent with a very knowledgeable and fun guide! Amazing places visited and enjoyed learning about these very special and significant sights.
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Susan US   March 29, 2019

Thank you, Sara, for sharing your experience of this tour.Kind regards, Susan.

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Reviewed by Rayan H IE   March 22, 2019
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A good first-day tour in Istanbul. includes all the main attractions to visit. A lot of walking so make sure to wear comfortable shoes and have a bottle of water with you. You will easily walk more than 15,000 steps. But very worth it.
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Jackie GB   March 22, 2019

This tour is for sure a lot of walking but thanks for sharing that is worth it. Kind regards, Jackie.

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Reviewed by Bradley H GB   March 14, 2019
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Excellent tour and guide. Really great way to see the sites.
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Catherine GB   March 15, 2019

Thank you, Bradley, for taking the time to write a review.Kind regards, Catherine.

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Reviewed by Marlene G DE   February 16, 2019
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This tour gives a very nice experience and a good historical perspective of Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia. Highly recommended!
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Lynn GB   February 17, 2019

Hello Marlene. We at Goodman Tours are always pleased to hear when a tour will be recommended. I will say Thank you very much. Kind regards, Lynn.

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Reviewed by Josephine S AR   February 15, 2019
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This tour gave us a look at all the must-sees and more, very recommended.
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Linda US   February 15, 2019

Thank you for recommending this tour.Kind regards, Linda.

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Reviewed by Maria M AR   April 03, 2018
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This was a perfect way to see Istanbul in a day tour. They picked us up from our hotel and dropped us too !!! The guy was very knowledgeable and with very good English!! The places were very interesting.
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Patricia US   April 04, 2018

Hello Maria. It is always nice to hear that our customers had a perfect tour. Thank you for sharing your experience.Kind regards, Patricia.

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Reviewed by Viktor S NO   March 18, 2018
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Very well organized tour. You see the most popular sites. The tour guide extremely knowledgeable and courteous. Excellent English speaking.
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Louise GB   March 19, 2018

Hello Viktor. Thank you for writing this review.Nice to hear that you found this tour well organised.Thanks, Louise.

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Reviewed by Raymond H BE   March 16, 2018
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An amazing tour with a brilliant tour guide. A lot of walking but Thoroughly recommend.
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Yazmine GB   March 17, 2018

Great that you recommending this tour. We at Goodman Tours really appreciate it. Thank you, Yazmine.

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