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Highlights:

Tour Istanbul by foot and in the company of a local guide.

See the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

Learn about Ottoman sultans at Topkapi Palace.

Try out your bargaining skills at the Grand Bazaar.

Uncover hidden secrets on a private tour.

Experience the fragrant atmosphere of the Spice Bazaar.

Take a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus.

Tour the inside of Dolmabahce Palace, home to the last Ottoman Sultans.

See the Bosphorus Bridge, connecting Europe and Asia.

Explore to modern part of city Istiklal Street ,Taksim Region.

Overview:

Discover the magic of Istanbul on a private, 2-day walking tour. Visit the city highlights, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, spice bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace,Bosphorus cruise, and Istiklal Street with a local guide.

What's Included:

  • 2-day guided tour.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off.
  • Professional guide, licensed by the Ministry of Tourism.

What's Not Included:

  • Transportation.
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Lunch.
  • Drinks.

Description:

Day 1; Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hipporome, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar.

Explore the highlights of Istanbul on this private full day walking tour that takes in the major attractions, from the Hagia Sophia museum to the iconic Blue Mosque and from the bustling maze of the Grand Bazaar to the obelisk of the Hippodrome of Constantinople.

The 8-hour excursion starts with a pick-up from your Istanbul hotel and walks through the lively streets of Turkey’s largest city to visit the dramatic former basilica of the Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

For many centuries it was the largest church in the world and it still boasts the 4th largest dome after St. Paul`s in London, St. Peter`s in Rome and the Duomo in Florence.

Dedicated to the Hagia Sophia, or “Divine Wisdom” it is one of the greatest examples of Byzantine architecture in survival.

Move on to the Blue Mosque, more officially known as the Sultanahmet Mosque. It is the mosque’s striking blue tiles that give it its more common name and make it one of Istanbul’s most iconic attractions. Located close to Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet Mosque was regarded as the Supreme Imperial Mosque in Istanbul.

Continue to Topkapi Palace, a relic of the glory days of the great Ottoman Empire. The former palace boasted a population of about 4,000 people at its peak and was home to 25 sultans over a period of 400 years.

Located on a promontory overlooking the Golden Horn, it sits in tranquil gardens that provide shade from the blazing heat of the summer. Pop in to the museum to see the gorgeous Iznik tiles and the ornate stateroom of the harem among other attractions.

You will also visit the Hippodrome, the former circus built in 203 AD by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus. Three monuments from the original building remain, including the Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column and the Constantine Column. You will also pause to look at a gazebo-like the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, made from 8 marble columns.

Your day won’t be complete, however, without a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. With hundreds of small handcraft shops selling everything from handmade carpets to Turkish coffee, the atmosphere is electric and a great place to try out your bargaining skills.

Day 2; Spice bazaar, Bosphorus cruise, Dolmabahce Palace, Istiklal street Taksim

Spice Bazaar

The spice bazaar is located in Fatih. It's known as the Egyptian Market because, during the Ottoman period, Egyptian exports were sold there.

Cruise on the Bosphorus

The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses are located at the narrowest point of Bosphorus. There are also magnificent Ottoman palaces and mosques along the Bosphorous. Keep an eye out for them!

Dolmabahce Palace

Built in the 19th century, Dolmabahce Palace was the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire and housed some of the last Ottoman Sultans. The palace site was created by filling in the small bay on the Bosphorus. This gave rise to its name: In Turkish, Dolma means "filled" or "stuffed" and bahcemeans "garden."

Istiklal Street Taksim

Istiklal Street is brimming with life. There, you'll find a plethora of shops, restaurants, and bars! From there, it is a 2 km walk down to the Tunel Galata Tower area.

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