Private Tour: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Turkiye, Turkiye, Istanbul
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  • 8 hours
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Take a hassle-free tour of Istanbul's most famous attractions with your own private guide to lead the way. You'll enjoy personalized attention on your private tour of magical Istanbul and its signature sights: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Blue Mosque, Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani Cad No 7, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

Just across from the Hippodrome, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kapali Carsi, Kalpakcilar Cad. Sorguclu Han No: 22, Istanbul 34126 Turkiye

In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world's largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. (Closed on Sundays; additional time will be spent at the other locations.)

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Hagia Sophia Mosque, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya MeydanI No:1, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

One of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world, this former basilica and mosque is now the Saint Sophia Museum. Many historians have nominated it as the 8th wonder of the world. Take a moment to linger here to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics.


Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Topkapi Palace, Cankurtaran Mahallesi Gulhane Park, Near Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul 34122 Turkiye

The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. (Closed on Tuesdays; will be replaced with Istanbul Archaeology Museum)

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Basilica Cistern, Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3, Istanbul 34410 Turkiye

The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayı), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. The cistern, located 500 feet (150m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.

Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Local guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Hagia Sophia Mosque
  • Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cistern

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance to Harem Section in the Topkapi Palace
  • Lunch
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for children aged 4 and under
  • In the event of any museum closures, an alternative similar museum will be visited
  • Customers booking this tour for shore excursions will not have time to visit the Basilica Cistern, due to the limited time in Istanbul
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


Departure Time

09:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Jesse_H

05 Dec, 2022

It was a very private tour. I get to see what I needled to see. The tour guy was knowledgeable and friendly.

DeeIrish

28 Nov, 2022

The tour guide was very personable and the tour started great with a hotel pickup. During our drive to the old city, he was a wealth of information, and we were given water as we departed the van at Blue Mosque. Unfortunately, this was where the positive experience ended. Our guide advised us that we wouldn’t be able to enter Hagia Sofia until after 2pm. We were fine with that and advised him that we were happy to view in the afternoon. Not only did not take us to see Hagia Sofia, but we only viewed the Blue Mosque from the outside as well. We were also not taken to the cisterns either. I brought up this up multiple times to which the guide deflected or changed the subject every time. The only place we did have entrance to was the palace. The guide of the palace and the pieces that we did see were amazing. After an extremely long lunch, we were taken today view a rug shop and to be shown how Turkish rugs were made. The initial part was very interesting, however this quickly turned into a high pressure sales in which we were kept for hours, wasting our day. We finally bought a rug to be able to leave. We were then taken to the world bazaar, where we were taken to a “secret” shop that was “frequented by celebrities such as Dr. Oz”, again the same thing as the rug shop. I was so upset not to be able to see 80% of what we paid to see on this tour. It was evident that this is only a mechanism for tourists to be pulled into shops rather than a tour as advertised. I would highly encourage La Vacanza Travel from banning this vendor! Stay Away!!

ravindercrone

15 Nov, 2022

We had an amazing day with our guide (Seçkin Demirok) and his driver they picked up four of us from our hotel and took us sightseeing to Hagia Sophia, topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and the Vasilica Cistern. Seçkin is a very knowledge, professional and excellent tour guide, he ensure we could all keep up as it was a full day of walking. It was great to have a small group so we could ask questions and discuss the history of Istanbul. He took us to lunch at Deraliye Terrace, that had a panoramic view (photo attached). Highly recommend the tour, but especially our guide. Thank you again for an amazing time!

128elizabethj

05 Nov, 2022

The whole trip was excellent, our guide Gurdahan was very knowledgable, going to great lengths to explain all the various locations we visited,highly recommend this excursion not to be missed.

orrdin

23 Oct, 2022

The tour was everything we expected and more. We got picked up from our hotel in a spacious van and then embarked on the main tour. Our guide Engin was knowledgeable and friendly and he organized our day to perfection to make sure we minimize waiting in long lines and maximize our time. He had great commentary and spoke fluent English. He gave us tips for lunch and for the rest of our stay in Istanbul. While we were left alone to wander around a couple of times it was actually good because sometimes you don’t need constant commentary and it’s good to just wander and absorb the sights on your own. I highly recommend this tour.

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