Istanbul Customized City Highlights Full Day Tour

8hr, Private Custom tour

OVERVIEW:  This guided 'private' tour for your personal group lets you customized your own wants and preferences for a day to remember in this modern yet ancient city. You will see and learn from your highly educated licensed guide why Istanbul is called the 'Crossroads of culture, art, religion, trade and thought'. Mediterranean cruisers and vacationers find that this Istanbul  shore excursion is a popular choice. Maybe because of it's deserved title, '2010 European Capital of Culture'. A true treasure trove ..that's Istanbul. 

INCLUDED:  Licensed guide, A/C vehicle, dependable driver

NOT INCLUDED: Entrance fees: lunch, and tips (appreciated when deserved)-- **Hagia Sophia has free entrance to the ground floor and 25 Euros for entrance to second floor.

HIGHLIGHTS:  *Ability to customize your own private tour. *History? try the Archaeological Museum and combine it with the Hagia Sophia (considered the largest and most beautiful building for over one thousand years). *Adventure lures you? Go underground to the massive Serefiye or Basilica Cistern, or sign up for a 600 yr. old traditional Hamam massage/scrub. *Foodie? Experience authentic Mediterranean cuisine from a combination of multiple cultures. *Glamour?  Experience the opulent Topkapi Palace with it's amazing tile work. Cultural? Be mesmerized in the e active Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. *Outdoor Waterway sailing? Choose to cruise the Bosphorus and pass palaces, forts, history.  Shopping? Hold on to your wallet or you'll go home poor... shop til you drop at the 4,000 shops of the Grand Bazaar or the smaller aromatic Spice Bazaar.  Advice? If you need help/advice, just ask. It's fun for us to give you a great day in our city.

FYI: Visiting the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia ladies are required to wear a scarf to cover head and shoulders. Since legs should be covered, it's best for evryone to wear long pants/skirts. Shoes will be left at front door, so wear comfortable shoes to take on and off. Plus, since they are active mosques, please know there are no photos during the prayer times. 

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Key information

  • Private tour
  • Professional licensed tour guide
  • Transportation and driver included
  • Full day, approx. 8 hours
  • The tour duration includes allowance for time between sites/activities.
  • You may reserve some time for lunch by selecting it in your itinerary

Custom Itinerary (Click on activities to learn more)

45 min
Topkapi Harem
  • Groups of maximum 48 people
2hr 0m
Istanbul Hamam-Sultan #2
  • Minimum age: 10
1hr 30m
Istanbul Hamam-Sultan
  • Minimum age: 10
1hr 30m
Drive to Asia Side
  • There is an additional transport fee of 80.60 Euros.
1hr 15m
Time for Turkish lunch
1hr 0m
  • Ferry departures after 11:00 every one hour
1hr 30m
Serefiye Cisterns
  • Groups of maximum 35 people
1hr 0m
Istanbul Hamam Cemberlitas - Turkish Bath with massage
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Children must be with an adult
  • Not recommended for persons with heart conditions
1hr 30m

Entrance Fees

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