7-8 Hours Private Istanbul Tour for cruise ship customers included Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, German Fountain, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar
You will be met by your tour guide at Port of Istanbul with a sign written your name on it. First we will visit “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled.
Topkapi Palace The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
We will visit Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.
Grand Covered Bazaar, Most attractive shopping center and biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenirs.
At the end of the tour you will have some free time for shopping facilities and you will be returned to the Port of Istanbul.
(Hagia Sophia closed on Monday, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesday and both replaced with Underground Cistern called as Bassilica Cistern)
Our shore excursions are operated on a private basis;
* You will be met at ports with a sign (written on it your name) by your tour guide,
* Your tour guide will be with your group during your visit the sites & museums on your itinerary,
* You have flexibility to spend as much as time you would like to spend at each site,
* You do not have to wait for other group members & limited time at each site,
* You will be given to stop during the tour where ever you want to have pictures,
* You can decide your departure time.
General Note = Prices quoted for this tour is for vehicle and local guide! We use our VIP Vehicles as per size of Group (Mercedes Vito for 1-4 people, Mercedes or Wolksvagen Minivan for 5-12 people, Midi Van for 13-20 people and Coach for 21-44 people.) If your group has a particular area of interest (such as Cultural, Historical, Religious or Archaeological) then please let us know and we will do all we can to tailor your tour and guide to this interest.
Lunch Break Note = Our private tours do not include lunch but if you would like to and up to the availability of your time in Port and your chosen tour we are happy to stop for a lunch break. There are many options for lunch and you can discuss on the day with your guide as the type of food you would like to try and your budget and you can pay for lunch and drinks directly once you are there. You will need to add on at least 30 mins to the duration of our tours as indicated to include a lunch break.
*The Participants must be able to walk long distances over uneven and cobblestone surface under the sun. Therefore bringing Comfortable footwear and clothes, hat, sun cream and sun glasses are recommended. Winters in some areas of Turkey can be quite cold. Hence appropriate clothes are recommended.