3 Days Private Istanbul Tour Including Bosphorus Cruise
We will pick you up on the first of these 3 days of tours from your accommodation in central Istanbul and take you on an Ottoman Istanbul tour.
This tour will bring you to see such places as Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Rustem Pasha Mosque and ends with a visit to the Spice Market. You are then dropped back to your hotel.
The following day we again pick you up from your accommodation and bring you on a Byzantine Istanbul Tour. This includes the great square which was once the Byzantine Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, the most important Byzantine building in the world, the Chora Church to see the climax of Byzantine Mosaic Art and ends with a stroll around the famous Istanbul Grand Bazaar before we drop you back to your hotel.
On the final day of these prearranged private tours, after pick-up from your accommodation, we take a short drive to the shores of the Bosphorus to visit the Dolmabahce Palace. Then we get on board at Eminonu for a leisurely cruise of the Bosphorus to the still unspoiled village of Sariyer.
This tour ends when we drop you for the final time to your hotel.
- Hagia Sophia
- Dolmabahce Palace
- Bosphorus Cruise
- Spice Market
- St. Chora
- Grand Bazaar
- Harem section
- Topkapi Palace
- Basilica Cistern
- Blue Mosque
- Scheduling: Private Tour
- Languages offered on activity/tour: English, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
- Duration: 3 days
- Printed Voucher Accepted
- Instant Confirmation
- Pick-up servicePick up each day from your accommodation in Central Istanbul
- Easy CancellationThere is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
- Local taxes and 18 % VAT
- Private guiding on tours
- Lunches on tour
- All admission fees to the sites and museums on tour
- Private A/C minivan for the tours
- Gratuities for the guide and driver
- Drinks at lunches
- Personal expenses
Your guide will meet you after breakfast for a tour of the Ottoman Istanbul. A short walk takes you to the Blue Mosque which was completed in 1616. Our next stop will be the Topkapi Palace, more than just a palace, it is an assemblage of museums containing collections amassed by the Sultans for almost five centuries. Our visit also takes you to the famous Harem where the Imperial Family resided. We then stop at Divan Yolu for lunch at a local restaurant.
Next, we walk through the old cobbled streets down to Rustem Pasha Mosque and then the Spice Market, where Genoese and Venetian goods were sold at a time when there was no Suez Canal, and all the spices from the East were also brought here after being loaded on vessels in Egypt.
Our second day in Istanbul takes us to a number of Byzantine Relics.
We first stroll to the great square which was once the Byzantine Hippodrome. Now it is a great park like area surrounded by the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Underground Cistern, commonly called the Basilica Cistern. The Hippodrome exhibits the Walled Column, The Serpent Column and the Egyptian Obelisque from the Byzantine times and the German Fountain is located in the North end of the Hippodrome.
Next, we visit the Hagia Sophia, the most important Byzantine building in the world.
After lunch at a local restaurant we take a short drive to The Chora Church to see the climax of Byzantine Mosaic Art.
We end the tour with a visit to the Grand Bazaar.
On our last day in Istanbul, we check out after a leisurely breakfast and take a short drive to the shores of the Bosphorus to visit the Dolmabahce Palace.Overlooking the Bosphorus, its beauty is incomparable with 14 tons of pure gold used for its interior decoration, its priceless paintings, furniture, and a rich collection of Bohemian crystal in addition to its famous Harem section.
Then we get on board at Eminonu for the leisurely cruise of the Bosphorus to the still unspoiled village of Sariyer.
- Please be sure to cover your shoulders and knees when entering mosques