Istanbul Old City Walking Tours

Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour, Full Day Private Guided Tours of Istanbul Old City

Istanbul is a city which has a lot to offer to a visitor. You might confuse when you look at the list of Things To Do In Istanbul. There are a lot of beautiful places to see and enjoy. As a local expert who was born and raised in Istanbul, I would recommend you to attend one of Classical Old City Tours during your visit in Istanbul.

Why Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour?

Classic Old City Tour route, leads you to the center of Istanbul Historic Peninsula which is Sultanahmet area. Major places to visit like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar is located in Sultanahmet.

These five pillars of Istanbul’s history, most significant places to see in Istanbul. They are all located next to each other, within walking distance. A tour guide can easily show you these monuments without needing any vehicle.

Doing a Old City Tour would teach you about Istanbul’s history, lifestyle and customs. Therefore I recommend you to do the tour on your first day in Istanbul. This tour would open your eyes to city with the given informations. You may prepare itineraries of yours for the following days with the advice of your guide.

How Long Does It Take For A Full Day Private Istanbul Tour?

Duration of the this private tour aproximately 8 Hours from 09:00 to 17:00. The time is completely flexible since it’s a private tour of your own. The tour will be guided by licensed tour guide Serhat Engul. You can let him know about your priorities and starting and finishing hours might be adjusted.

Half Day Tour Option: Istanbul Half Day Private Walking Tour

  • Hagia Sophia Museum

Hagia Sophia is the gem of Istanbul Old City. This place has been the spiritual hub of Istanbul through Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Nowadays Hagia Sophia is a museum to visit and enjoy the history. Built in 537 by the renowned Justinian of Byzantine Empire, Hagia Sophia is 1500 years old.

Hagia Sophia Museum Of Istanbul
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Hagia Sophia Museum, Istanbul
  • Topkapi Palace Museum

Topkapi Palace is built by Ottoman ruler Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1461. The palace had been a house to 25 Ottoman Sultans in the history. Most famous kings of the Ottoman Empire like Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent lived in this very palace. The palace was left by the Ottoman royalty in 1856 due to the construction of the new palace by the shores of the Bosphorus: Dolmabahce Palace. Topkapi Palace is definitely a place to see when you visit Istanbul.

Topkapi Palace Museum Of Istanbul
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Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul
  • Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque is known as the most famous mosque of Istanbul. Perhaps the most famous mosque of the entire Asia. This mosque is a very tourist spot, therefore there are long lines in front of it during the high tourist season in Istanbul. Your tour guide can manage the time to visit this place, so that you can get in easily during your classical Istanbul walking tour. Otherwise you might have to wait for half and hour to get into the mosque.

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Blue Mosque, Istanbul
  • Basilica Cistern

Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern is the most famous water reservoir in the world. But do not take me wrong, I am not underestimating its significance. It’s a marvelous place to visit and see. This awesome place is located under the ancient street of old Istanbul, Mese (Divanyolu). The atmosphere inside the Basilica Cistern is so amazing. Basilica Cistern was a subject to Dan Brown‘s famous book & movie  Inferno recently. One of the James Bond movie was also filmed here, From Russia With Love, starred by Sean Connery.

Basilica Cistern Of Istanbul
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Underground Basilica Cistern, Istanbul
  • Grand Bazaar

When you think about shopping in Istanbul, this is the place to go. Grand Bazaar is not only a shopping place to go and buy things, this is a historical attration too. The Grand Bazaar is started to be built in 1460s. It grew and grew and became a huge maze. It is difficult to find your way while walking through the oldish streets of Grand Bazaar.

This is the final destination of our Classical Walking Old City Tour. Your tour guide helps you to improve your bargaining skills. Shopping part is optional you can just prefer to see the place quickly instead of hanging around. The bazaar might be overwhelming at first sight, we respect that.

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Grand Covered Bazaar, Istanbul

Guided Walking Tours of Istanbul Old City

Serhat is specialized on the Roman and Byzantine history. Therefore Classical Old City Tour with him would please you if you are interested in history. Tours are definitely very flexible, you may substitute one of the stops of the tour with some other attraction like Galata Tower, Spice Bazaar or Chora Church.

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Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour – Full Day 2018 was last modified: April 22nd, 2018 by Serhat Engül

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