Istanbul Old City Walking Tours
Istanbul Old City Walking Tour – Private Guided Tour of Old Town
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 heart of Istanbul Historic Peninsula which is known as Sultanahmet neighborhood.
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 are the 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.
Attending to an Istanbul 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 the city with the help of given informations. You may prepare itinerary of yours for the following days with the advice of your guide.
Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour
How Long Does It Take For A Full Day Private Istanbul Tour?
Duration of the this private tour aproximately 7 Hours from 09:00 to 16:00. The time is completely flexible since it’s a private tour of your own. The tour will be guided by licensed guide Serhat Engul. You can let him know about your priorities, so that starting and finishing hours can be adjusted.
There is also Half Day Walking Tour of Istanbul
Hagia Sophia Museum
Hagia Sophia is the gem of Istanbul Old City. This place had 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.
Topkapi Palace Museum
Topkapi Palace is built by Ottoman ruler Sultan Mehmed II 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 Ottomans 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.
Blue Mosque is known as the most famous mosque of Istanbul. Perhaps the most famous mosque of the entire Asia. This mosque is located nearby other tourist attractions, 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 Istanbul tour. Otherwise you might have to wait for half an hour to get into the mosque.
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 has been a subject to Dan Brown‘s famous book & movie Inferno recently. One of the James Bond movies was also filmed here, From Russia With Love, starred by Sean Connery.
When you think about shopping in Istanbul, this is the place to go. Grand Bazaar is not only a shopping center but a historical attraction too.
The Grand Bazaar was started to be built in 1460s. It grew and grew in time and became a maze. It’s difficult to find your way while walking through the oldish streets of Grand Bazaar.
This is the final destination of our Istanbul Old City Walking Tour. Your tour guide helps you to improve your bargaining skills.
Private Walking Tours of Istanbul Old City
Serhat is specialized on the Roman and Byzantine history. Therefore attending to an Istanbul Old City Private 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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