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PRIVATE ISTANBUL TOURS

Dear Visitors,
All tours we listed below are private tours, we do not have group tours. So, our rates change due to the number of attendance and also location of your hotel so please send us an e-mail for the most accurate costing. Also, our tour rates will include museum entrance fee, transportation and Istanbul Private Tour Guide.

Private Classical Istanbul Tour

All areas which we will visit are less than 5 minutes walking distance from each other, full day private walking tour starts at the Hippodrome or Sultan Ahmet Square which is a circus that was the sport and social centre of Constantinople. It is important for the chariot races during the Roman and the Byzantine era.

After the Hippodrome we will visit Blue Mosque which is the second largest mosque in Istanbul and it was built during the Ottoman Period. It is famous for its blue Iznik tiles and being the only Ottoman mosque with 6 minarets.

Then we will visit Topkapi Palace, located on the historical Istanbul peninsula between the Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, the palace is one of the iconic structures of Istanbul. The another part of the palace, Imperial Treasury has an 86 carat diamond on display.

After lunch break, we will continue to Hagia Sophia Mosque which is a Late Antique place of worship in Istanbul, designed by the Greek geometers Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles. Built in 537, firstly it became a mosque, than a museum and than a mosque again. It reflects the religious changes with the minarets and inscriptions of Islam and also impressive mosaics of Christianity.

In our tour, the last stop is Grand Bazaar which is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops.

Included Services:

Private professional English speaking tour guide.

All entrance fees to the sites.

Private transportation by non-smoking air-conditioned vehicles.

Pick up from the hotel.

Drop off to the hotel.

Golden Istanbul Tour

This is an extraordinary private Istanbul tour including some of the most popular places in the city. Also these places are difficult to visit on your own. You can see daily local life of Istanbul.

At our private guided tour, firstly we will visit Suleymaniye Mosque which was commissioned by Suleiman the Magnificent and designed by the imperial architect Mimar Sinan. This mosque was finished for 7 year from 1550 to 1557. The mosque is modeled in part on the style of a Byzantine basilica, particularly the Hagia Sophia. After there, we visit Kariye Mosque which was a medieval Greek Orthodox church and is used as a mosque today. Its design was in the style of Byzantine architecture.

After the church, we will go to Pierre Loti Hill for tea-coffee break with a beautiful view over the Golden Horn. Than we will drive along the shores of Golden Horn through the towns Fener and Balat which are the old Greek and Jewish living areas. Fener Orthodox Patriarchate is found within the space similarly.

We have lunch, then our next and last stop are going to be the Dolmabahce Palace that is one amongst the foremost impressive symbolic structures of the Ottoman Empire's with 285 rooms, 46 halls, 6 baths and 68 bathrooms. The world's largest Bohemian crystal chandelier is there. The chandelier was considered to be a gift from Queen Victoria. It's 750 lamps and weighs 4.5 tonnes. At the end of our private tour, we will drive back to your hotel.

Included Services:

Private professional English speaking tour guide.

All entrance fees to the sites.

Private transportation by non-smoking air-conditioned vehicles.

Pick up from the hotel.

Drop off to the hotel.

İstanbul Food Tour

From baklava to kebabs, Turkish coffee and delight, Turkish food is famous over the world. There is so much more to Turkish food than just kebabs as you will discover on the Private Istanbul Walking Food Tour.

At our guided tour, you can sample the real tastes of Istanbul and experience delicious Turkish food you may not have known existed. Discovering local markets, you will also learn an overview of Turkish history and culture.

After you are picked up from your hotel and private tour will begin with a walk around the Spice Market. Where you will have an opportunity to envision wherever locals are shopping for their spices for many years. Then we will walk from Galata bridge to Karakoy where we have our Turkish breakfast which incorporates sucuklu omlet, Turkish menemen, kaymak and honey. Then we are going to take the subway to Pera and walk along the well-known Istiklal street. We'll make a tea break.

In the afternoon, we will go to Kadikoy (Kalkedon ancient name that means city of the blind) by ferry to from the European side of Istanbul to the Asian side. You will taste Mersin's tantuni or liver wrap. We are going to move to the fish market wherever you'll able to sample stuffed or deep-fried mussels likewise as pickles. Turkish people like their pickles and we'll visit a shop that only sells pickles.

A Turkish food tour would not be finished without tasting Turkish coffee and desserts. Then, we will catch a ferry back to the Europe side of Istanbul.

Included Services:

Private professional English speaking tour guide.

All food samples listed on the web site and even more.

Public transportation fees.

Pick up from the hotel.

Drop off to the hotel.

Museums of Istanbul

If you love cultural activity in Istanbul and want have an perfect experience of Istanbul museums, this private tour will satisfy your expectations.

After you picked up from your hotel by your guide and driver, our first stop will be the Archeology Museum of Istanbul. The Istanbul Archaeological Museum that is 1st regular museum appearing within the history of Ottoman Empire and in Turkey, has about a few million artifacts from a range of cultures, brought from the imperial lands.

Then you may visit Turkish and Islamic Art Museum. In 1520, it was repaired by Suleiman the Magnificent and gifted to Ibrahim Pasha, his son-in-law and grand vizier. The works of the museum’s rare samples of Eyyubi, Abbasi, Ilhanlı, Timurid, Seljuk, Artuklu, Safavi, Emevi, Kaçar, Memluk and Ottoman periods were collected from different areas of the Islamic world.

We have lunch break, then we walk over to the celebrated Mosque of Holy Wisdom (Haghia Sofia) which is an important Byzantine structure in Istanbul and one of the world's great monuments. Haghia Sofia which was built by the eastern Roman emperor Justinian I, was completed in AD 537. Its interior is adorned with mosaics, marble pillars, and coverings of nice inventive price. The nice dome at the Hagia Sophia is 32.6 meters (one hundred and seven feet) in diameter and is only 0.61 meters (two feet) thick.

The last stop will be the Mosaic Museum which is located inside the Arasta Market in the Blue Mosque Complex. It had been shaped to hide the mosaic floor treatment that remained part preserved within the northeastern part of the columned yard of the Great Palace belonging to the Eastern Roman Period. Only 180 square meters of the mosaic area was uncovered. Then you will drrop back to your hotel.

Note: Above program can not be operated on Mondays.

Mosaic Museum is replaced with Underground Cistern on Wednesdays.

Jewish Heritage Istanbul Tour

Jewish Heritage Istanbul Tour

Your guide will be at 09.00am at your hotel. Than drive to Beyoglu & Pera and walk down Istiklal Avenue to the Galata quarter. There we'll visit the Ashkenazi Synagogue, that is serving the community of European Jews.

We will have a break at Galata Tower which has a magnificent views over the city. Also we are going to visit the Neve Shalom Synagogue, the largest modern synagogue in the city center. After we'll visit the Jewish Museum in this area. In the afternoon, we walk to the western shore of the Golden Horn to take a stroll through the atmospheric old streets in the Jewish quarter of Balat which is the traditional Jewish quarter in the Fatih district of Istanbul. In 1985, Balat was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the Historic Areas of Istanbul. Also we visit the Ottoman Baroque style Ahrida Synagogue which is known for its boat-shaped tevah. Drop off to the hotel. End of our privste guided tour.

Please note that Jewish Synagogue wants entrance permissions. All advance entry permissions necessary for coming into the synagogues are arranged by us prior to the tour. Advance reservations advised.

Included Services:

Private professional English speaking tour guide.

All entrance fees to the sites.

Private transportation by non-smoking air-conditioned vehicles.

Pick up from the hotel.

Drop off to the hotel.

Pera Walking with Bosphorus Cruise by private yacht

You will find your guide at 09.00 am at the hotel reception. We will get on a minibus up to Taksim, also known as Pera and is one of the main centres of Istanbul. Walking down Istiklal Street, the main street in Taksim, you will find many famous clothing shops, such as mango and topshop as well as a number of Starbucks and about 3,000 street cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Our walk will take us to Galata tower, one amongst the primary towers inbuilt in the world and wherever you'll be able to see a 360 degree view of Istanbul from the highest of the tower.

After we will meet with our minibus and drive to Kabatas. There, we will meet with our private yacht. This bosphorus is dividing metropolis two continent. The private yacht tour is 2 hours long. Whereas the boat moves between Asia and Europe you will be charmed by Maiden's Tower, Bridges, Ottoman Houses, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy and Buyuk Mecidiye Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Rumeli and Anadolu Fortresses, Kuleli Naval Academy...

After the Private Bosphorus tour, you are going to transfer back to your hotel.

Istanbul Intense Tour

In the morning, firstly we will go to Topkapi Palace, Libidinous sultans, ambitious courtiers, beautiful concubines and scheming eunuchs lived and worked here between the 15th and 19th centuries when it was the court of the Ottoman empire./p>

At our private guided tour, you begin at Bab-I-Ali, the principal gateway into the palace, known for centuries as the Sublime Porte. You walk through the Second Court and visit the imperial kitchens, pavillions. In the Third Court, you see the Private Audience Chamber which was constructed in the 16th century but refurbished in the 18th century. Then arrive at the Imperial Treasury. We will see the Treasury's famous Topkapı Dagger. Also worth seeking out is the Kasıkçı (Spoonmaker’s) Diamond, a teardrop-shaped 86-carat rock surrounded by dozens of smaller stones that was first worn by Mehmet IV at his accession to the throne in 1648. The Fourth Court, contains delightful gardens and kiosks, most of which enjoy views across the Bosphorus. The Baghdad Kiosk which is one of the last examples of classical palace architecture. Notice its superb İznik tiles, painted ceiling and mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell inlay. And Circumcision Room is also beautifully decorated with fine Iznik tilework./p>

On the western side of the Second Court is the Harem, and your private tour also includes a visit to these imperial family quarters. The Harem complex has six floors, but only one of these can be visited. You see the rooms of the Valide Sultan (Queen Mother) along with numerous courtyards and salons. Particular highlights are the Private Chambers of Murat III, built by Mimar Sinan in 1578. The walls are covered with a classic blue Iznik tile with red highlights, a prototype that was never duplicated.Next door is the Privy Chamber of Ahmet III and adjoining dining room built in 1705. The latter is lined with wooden panels decorated with images of flowers and fruits painted in lacquer. Two apartments at the south- western end, popularly known as ‘the cage’ where brothers or sons of the sultan were imprisoned. /p>

After having lunch, you walk over to the the Mosque of Holy Wisdom (Haghia Sofia) which is an important Byzantine structure in Istanbul and one of the world's great monuments. Haghia Sofia which was built by the eastern Roman emperor Justinian I, was completed in AD 537. Its interior is decorated with mosaics, marble pillars, and coverings of great artistic value. The great dome at the Hagia Sophia is 32.6 meters (one hundred and seven feet) in diameter and is only 0.61 meters (two feet) thick./p>

Finally, we will Mosque of Rustem Pasa. Named for Rüstem Pasha, who served as Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Suleiman I, it was designed by the Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan and completed in around 1563. Rüstem Pasha may have ordered the mosque’s characteristic İznik tiles. The Rüstem Pasha Mosque is famous for its large quantities of İznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of floral and geometric designs. There are approximately 2300 tiles arranged in around 80 different patterns./p>

Your private tour ends here, but the Egyptian Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) is very close so you might want to have a look./p>

Included Services:/p>

Private professional English speaking tour guide./p>

All entrance fees to the sites./p>

Private transportation by non-smoking air-conditioned vehicles./p>

Pick up from the hotel./p>

Drop off to the hotel.