Istanbul Full-Day Private Tour: Heritage of Byzantine and Ottoman Empire

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Home » Istanbul Full-Day Private Tour: Heritage of Byzantine and Ottoman Empire

Easy        Up to 7 hours

Many visitors to Istanbul never make it out of Sultanahmet area. This is because of major sights, shopping precincts and eateries within easy walking distance. Historical Istanbul (former Constantinople) was the heart of both Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire, where emperors and sultans built their grand places of worship and palaces. Here you will see some of the city’s best historic sights and immerse yourself in the eclectic mix of cultures all around you!

  • See Istanbul’s most notable landmarks and secret backstreets
  • Interact with your guide and enjoy the intimacy of a private tour
  • Wander the city’s secret backstreets
  • Discover where locals eat and drink
  • Learn about Turkish culture, history & cuisine


Type: | Full Day Tour | Private | | Walking | Shopping | Mosque Visit | Historic Sites |
Meeting Point: | Meet up in  Sultanahmet Square, Hotel, or Cruise Port |
Places to visit/see: | Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) | Hippodrome | Egyptian Obelisk | German Fountain | Walled Obelisk | Basilica Cistern | Hagia Sophia | Topkapi Palace | Grand Bazaar | Spice Market |
Timing : | 9.00 am to 5.00 pm |


  • Private tour
  • Professional Guide
  • Skip the long lines
  • Lunch in a nice local restaurant.
  • Turkish Delicacies, treats and traditional local drinks for you to taste.
  • Entrance fees/tickets to museums


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Topkapı Harem Section is extra (own expense)
  • Gratuities (Recommended)

Additional Information

  • Limited visiting/viewing inside the Blue Mosque due to an ongoing restoration)
  • Blue Mosque is closed until on Fridays (visit Nuruosmaniye Mosque instead)
  • Topkapı Palace is closed on Tuesday
  • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday
  • Basilica Cistern is closed due to an ongoing restoration. A detailed introduction to its history is given from outside
  • When visiting Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia: Modest, conservative clothing which exposes a minimum of flesh is good. No shorts or sleeveless shirts on either men or women. Women cover over head with scarf or shawl.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Pricing Details:

Adult: 1 Person: €150.00 | 2 Person: €180.00 | 3 Person: €200.00 | 4 Person: €230.00 | 5 Person: €250.00 | 6 Person: €270.00
Child: €50.00


Historic Areas of Istanbul:

The historical city of Istanbul, the only city in the world located on two continents, was the capital of three great empires; Roman, Byzantine and the Ottoman Empire.  Istanbul is also a holy city, where mosques, churches and synagogues exist side by side.

Topkapı Palace:

Starting the day visiting TOPKAPI PALACE, which is huge, opulent 15th-century palace, occupied by sultans for 400 years, housing Ottoman treasures. You will learn about the residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans and hear the glory of the past.

Hagia Sophia Mosque:

We are never tired of visiting HAGIA SOPHIA MOSQUE ( Originally a Byzantine Basilica) with glittering mosaics of Biblical scenes in vast, and its massive dome are guaranteed to impress. Admire the impressive dome one of the world’s architectural masterpieces once was the world’s largest cathedral..

Basilica Cistern:

Continue with nearby BASILICA CISTERN is the largest of several hundred ancient Byzantine cisterns built by Emperor Justinian shows off impressive Roman engineering. You will learn about Basilica Cistern and discover the mystery of Medusa heads from Greek mythology and recognize a scene in the James Bond movie From Russia with Love..

Sultanahmet Mosque:

SULTAN AHMET MOSQUE aka Blue Mosque is Istanbul’s most famous landmark, distinctive for its six minarets and 16th century blue tiles. (limited visiting/viewing inside due to an ongoing restoration)

Hippodrome of Constantinople:

Next stop is HIPPODROME OF CONSTANTINOPLE, today a public square with remnants of the ancient hippodrome such as German Fountain which is a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm, Egyptian obelisk with circa-1400 B.C and Serpentine Column Ancient Greek bronze column with missing serpent heads.

Lunch at a nice local restaurant:

This could be delicious Pide (flat bread with ground meat and vegetables ) and Doner Kebab along with local drinks.

Nuruosmaniye Camii:

The mosque is the first mosque ever which was built in Baraque Style and you can easily see it if you have an eye for the detail.

Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı):

Indulge in some shopping in Grand Bazaar. 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods

Spice Market:

End up the day visiting the historic the 350 years old SPICE MARKET which is famous for spices, Turkish delights and souvenirs. Experience the bustle of the Spice Market and lose yourself among the spice, herbs, nuts and Turkish Delight stalls.

Meeting points

Departure Point:

House of Medusa Restaurant:
Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. No:9, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul:

This restaurant is located on the street where the tram lines (T1) run through Sultanahmet, approximately a 2-minute walk from Sultanahmet tram stop. Your guide will be waiting for you in font of this restaurant.



Return Details:


Our tour concludes in Eminönü where Galata Bridge is, leaving you free to continue your Istanbul sightseeing.

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