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Istanbul Private 2-Day Weekend Tour

Istanbul Private 2-Day Weekend Tour

From $351.94 per group up to 2

Even if have just a weekend to take in the sights of Istanbul, this 2-day private tour will ensure that you see the most important ones. Your guide will take you to the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar, and other popular sites.

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Duration 2 days
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit historical places of worship, including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Rustem Pasha Mosque
  • Tour Topkapi and Dolmabahce palaces
  • Browse the shops of the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market
  • Take in the sights of the Asian and European sides of Istanbul on a Bosphorus cruise
Full description
This 2-day private tour has been specially designed for Saturday and Sunday. See all the important historical sites in the city, including mosques, palaces and markets. Enjoy a Bosphorus cruise as well. Day 1 (Saturday): Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and Grand Bazaar Begin your weekend tour of Istanbul at the Hippodrome, which was once the center of early Byzantine social and recreational life. Its name refers to the fact that it was used as a site for horse racing. Next take a short walk to the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Its exceptional architectural design features 1 main dome, 8 secondary domes, and 6 minarets. Topkapi Palace, constructed in 1459, served as the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for nearly 4 centuries. The site features several buildings and in the palace itself see collections of Imperial and Ottoman utensils, relics, caftans, and portraits of the sultans. After lunch enjoy a tour of Hagia Sophia, which served both Christianity and Islam at different historical periods. It functioned as an Eastern Orthodox church from 537, when it was first built, until 1453. When Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks, the hall became an imperial mosque and served in this capacity for nearly 5 centuries. In 1935 Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum. Head to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. This vast market features 61 covered streets and over 3,000 stores, offering almost anything you might need. The Grand Bazaar, built during the years 1455-1461, is a part of the walled city of Istanbul. Day 2 (Sunday): Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Tour, Spice Market, Rustem Pasha Mosque The Sunday tour begins with a visit to Dolmabahce Palace, which is one of the most impressive buildings in Istanbul. Its construction began in 1842 and took 12 years to complete. After visiting the palace see Rüstem Pasa Mosque, one of the most interesting Ottoman mosques in Istanbul. Built from 1560-1563, the mosque is one of the many works of the famous imperial architect Mimar Sinan. It is noted for its Iznik tiles and stunning floral motifs. Stop for lunch before heading to the Spice Market, where you’ll see all kinds of spices and delights from Turkey, and other countries as well. In addition to the spices you’ll find caviar, jewelry, souvenirs, and more. The tour ends with an enjoyable Bosphorus cruise. You’ll be able to see both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul and admire landmarks such as Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace and Küçüku Mosque. See the luxurious wooden houses, known as yali, that were built along the strait.
Includes
  • Private guide service
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Lunches
  • Transportation
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card

Know before you go

  • Approximate entrance fees are as follows (prices may increase without notice):
  • Hagia Sophia: ₺72 (under 8 years old entrance is free)
  • Topkapi Palace: ₺72 (under 8 years old entrance is free)
  • Dolmabahce Palace (Administration section): ₺60
  • Dolmabahce Palace (Administration and Harem): ₺90
  • Bosphorus cruise (regular basis): ₺25
  • Optional places:
  • Topkapi Palace Harem: ₺45
  • Skip-the-line entrance at Dolmabahce Palace is not guaranteed if the tour booked less than 7 days prior to the tour date.
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We spent 2 whole days with our guide "Horizon" who made us discover Istanbul with great pleasure and dynamism, knowing how to adapt well to everyone. He lived in France until his 15th birthday and knows perfectly the history of Istanbul and knows how to pass on with passion the past and the daily life of this magnificent city.

November 10, 2019

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