Private Hidden Wonders of Istanbul Tour
Private Hidden Wonders of Istanbul Tour Private Hidden Wonders of Istanbul Tour Private Hidden Wonders of Istanbul Tour Private Hidden Wonders of Istanbul Tour

Private Hidden Wonders of Istanbul Tour

4.9 / 5 total 6 reviews
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Tour code: 2349
Know Before You Book
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Private Tour
  • Languages offered inLanguages offered in: English
  • Duration Duration: 6 to 8 hours
  • Skip the Line Skip the Line
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • The covered area of the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday; a visit to the Spice Market will be substituted. The covered area of the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday; a visit to the Spice Market will be substituted. 
  • Live Guide Live Guide
    English
  • Pick-up service Pick-up service
    Pick up and drop off to Istanbul Hotels
  • Easy Cancellation Easy Cancellation
    Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 1 days before the tour starts. We reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Tour Highlights
  • Visit all the main tourist attractions in Istanbul
  • Explore the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet, Grand Bazaar and more
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and most famous souk
  • Learn about the rich history of Istanbul as you explore its many historic sites
Tour Description

Enjoy a full-day tour of Istanbul’s top attractions, including visits to the beautiful Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace, along with the spellbinding Grand Bazaar and Hippodrome, site of long-ago chariot races

On this Private Hidden Wonders of Istanbul Tour, you'll visit locations full of rich history, learn about Turkish culture, and sample delicious Turkish tea while enjoying a wonderful view of the city.

  • In the Old City, your first visit will be to the Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine Church of Divine Wisdom. Originally built as an Orthodox basilica, it later was used as a mosque, and now is a museum. Built in 537 on the orders of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, it served as the cathedral of Constantinople and was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. Upon the conquering of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453, it became a mosque and was used as such until 1931. It was opened as a museum in 1935.

  • Departing Hagia Sophia you will next visit the world renowned Blue Mosque finished in 1616. The Blue Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmet I when he was only 19 years old. The interior of the mosque is lined with more than 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles in more than fifty different tulip designs. The tiles at lower levels are traditional in design, while in the galleries they become flamboyant with representations of flowers, fruit and trees.

  • Topkapi Palace – the seat of Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries, and stuffed with imperial treasures and artifacts. (At your own expense, you may visit the palace's Harem and discover the quarters of the sultan’s many wives, princes, and eunuchs. )

See the Harem and Treasury, and learn about the sultans who lived here. Having explored here, walk the bustling streets to the Hippodrome, the site of a long-ago stadium where chariot races were once held during Byzantine and Ottoman times. 

  • Then navigate the Grand Bazaar's scenic backstreets. The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. This beautiful walled marketplace contains over 3,000 shops across 61 covered streets. 
What's Included
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • All entrance tickets to the museums and sites
  • Luxurious Vehicles For Your Round Trip Transportation
  • Lunch in local restaurant (Veggie options on the menu, drinks not included)
  • Gratuities (Optional).
  • Personal Expenses.
Meeting/Redemption Point
Hotel pickup and drop-off between European & Asian Side by Air-conditioned Non-smoking Tour Coach

Additional Info
  • Comfortable footwear will be important for you experience.
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Reviewed by Lucas ZA   March 17, 2021
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Since this was during a pandemic, you may have a slightly different experience. My experience of pretty much a private tour was great.

There were hardly any tourists around. My tour guide Sinan met me at my hotel. He was early but he told me to take my time as I was the only one in tour. As I was staying down the street from the sites, We walked down to the hippodrome then to the Blue Mosk, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi palace, then to Grand Bazaar then we had lunch at a place I wanted to eat, then off the planned route but went on to the Spice Market.

Sinan command of English was excellent and I had a great day exploring Sultanahmet area. He was knowledgeable about the history and culture and gave me a great perspective of the sites we visited that you couldn’t just get from a guidebook. Highly recommended. 

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Reviewed by Oznur AU   March 17, 2021
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This tour was hands down the best tour I’ve ever been on, and I’ve been on a lot of tours all over the world! Mehmet did an amazing job, gave us all the information and engaged us in a way that made sure that we remembered it! The lunch that was included was great and very filling. Mehmet gave us amazing advice on places to go, restaurant recommendations, and “Istanbul musts” outside the scope of the tour. Well worth the price of the tour and more!
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Reviewed by M Sahin Tuna MY   March 02, 2021
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Very enjoyable experience. Sinan the guide, was excellent. Learned a lot about the culture. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed by M D.May US   February 26, 2021
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Gunes was an excellent guide with an impressive knowledge of his city and its history. We never felt rushed at any stage and his relaxed manner and excellent English made it an informative and enjoyable tour. Highly recommended.
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Reviewed by Lale RO   October 27, 2020
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Our guide, Tanzer was spectacular... we asked a lot of questions and she answered everything with patience/depth. Also, she was flexible and accommodated us to our preferences.
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Reviewed by James F US   August 10, 2020
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It was a great experience for myself and my family. We enjoyed every moment of the tour it was totally worth it! Our tour guide Ali was very helpful and kind. The meal was also great, very generous and tasty.
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