Private Guided Tours of Istanbul by Serhat Engul


Why Travel to Istanbul?

Private Guided Tours of Istanbul by Serhat Engul

Istanbul is a city steeped in deep and rich history. It was initially founded by the Greeks as Byzantium in 638 BC, later becoming Constantinople under Roman rule in 324, then officially becoming Istanbul many years later. It was ruled by Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. It goes without saying that Istanbul is one of the most diverse cities in the world.

To really learn more about the history of the Istanbul and its unique traditions, cuisine and culture, it’s important to take a closer look at individual neighborhoods such as Sultanahmet, Beyoglu, Fener-Balat and Kadikoy. These are iconic areas in Istanbul and excellent locations for a walking tour.

About Official Tour Guide Serhat Engul

I am a local guide who was born and raised in Istanbul. I have been a licensed tour guide for 15 years.

I use maps and visuals to help you understand the diverse history of Istanbul. I provide detailed information about Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods.

I share my history knowledge in an entertaining way. It’s the distinguishing feature of my tours. You may also check my TripAdvisor reviews to see what people think about my service.

Istanbul Walking Tours by Serhat Engul

  • Half-Day Tour of Istanbul Old City

This tour gives you a great insight about the Istanbul’s history, culture and hidden treasures. It’s easy to combine this tour with your other activities.

It usually starts at 10:00 O’clock in the morning. Duration of the tour is 3 to 4 hours.

Private half day tour cost: 100 Euros (same price up to 4 people)

-Entrance fees are not included-

Hagia Sophia entry fee 60 TL, Basilica Cistern 20 TL

Half Day Tour Includes:

  1. Hippodrome of Constantinople
  2. Blue Mosque
  3. Hagia Sophia Museum
  4. Basilica Cistern
  5. Spice Bazaar

More information on Half Day Old City Tour here

Half Day Istanbul Tour

Half Day Tour by Serhat Engul

  • Full-Day Tour of Istanbul Old City

This is by far the bestselling and common tour. It is easy to see one attraction over another by walking and discover 2600 years old history of Istanbul.

It usually starts at 09:00 O’clock in the morning. Duration of the tour is 6 to 8 hours.

Private full day tour cost: 150 Euros (same price up to 4 people)

-Entrance fees are not included-

Hagia Sophia entry fee 60 TL, Topkapi Palace 60 TL, Basilica Cistern 20 TL

Full Day Tour Includes:

  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Topkapı Palace
  • Hippodrome
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Grand Bazaar

More information on Full Day Old City Tour here

Full Day Istanbul Tour

Full Day Tour by Serhat Engul

  • Full-Day Byzantine Tour in Istanbul

Byzantine Tour will give you the opportunity to see more of the wonderful city of Constantinople and marvel at the beautiful architecture that the Byzantines imbued the city with.

It usually starts at 09:00 O’clock in the morning. Duration of the tour is 6-7 hours.

Private full day tour cost: 160 USD (same price up to 4 people)

-Entrance fees are not included-

Hagia Sophia 60 TL, Chora Church 45 TL, Mosaic Museum 20 TL, Cistern 20 TL

Constantinople Tour of Istanbul Includes:

  • Hippodrome of Constantinople
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Great Palace Mosaics Museum
  • Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
  • Valens Aqueduct
  • Chora Church

More information on Byzantine Sites in Istanbul here

Byzantine Tour

Byzantine Tour by Serhat Engul

  • Fener Balat Walking Tour

You visit Fener and Balat neighborhoods to enjoy history, architecture and food. Greek and Jewish communities of Istanbul lived in Fener and Balat during the Ottoman era.

Nowadays there are art galleries, antique shops, cafés and restaurants in the oldish streets of Fener-Balat. You would definitely enjoy the off the beaten path Istanbul while walking through these streets.

It usually starts at 10:00 O’clock in the morning. Duration of the tour is 4 hours.

Private full day tour cost: 100 Euros (same price up to 4 people)

There is no entrance fee cost for this tour.

More information on Fener Balat Walking Tour here

Istanbul Balat Tour

Fener Balat Walking Tour


Official tour guide Serhat Engul offers private tours of Istanbul neighborhoods. You may find some references about him on travel surveys, magazines and blogs.

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  • Levan Chkhikvadze


    Dear Serhat, we are fro Georgia, Tbilisi and planing open new package Tbilisi-Turin-Trier-Istanbul and in Istanbul we wanted for your help. By our proggram in Turckey ur travelers must seen Chora Church, Aya Sofia, Orthodox other places, also St.George church which located on one of the icelands of Turckey icelands named “Principle Icelands”. We will be appreciate if you help us in above cases.

    • Serhat Engül

      Hello Levan, Thank you for reaching out, I will be replying your questions and requests through personal e-mail. All the best!

  • Abhijit Purohit


    Dear Serhat

    I write to you in regards to our visit to Istanbul couple of days back

    I would like to thank you for a memorable tour of Istanbul. I am very glad to have engaged your services. You have extensive knowledge of Istanbul history which kept us engaged at all times. We had a fantastic time seeing the various historic places in the Old city.

    Warm Regards

    • Serhat Engül

      Dear Abhijit,

      I am very happy to see your great review. It was a pleasure and honour for me to accompany you during your visit to Istanbul. Thank you for your kind words.

      Warm regards,
      Serhat Engul.

  • akua lum-reeser


    We are starting to plan our trip to turkey. I have saved your information for over a year and now ready to correspond.

    We are a couple, aged 60 and 64. 1/2 and full day price for guided tour through you? Best time of year to come to avoid largest crowds or holidays.

    Do you have connection in central turkey? We will stay i istanbul for 2 or 3 days then go to the north coast then central.

    • Serhat Engül

      Dear Akua Lum-Reeser, It’s nice to hear from you. I remember your comment on my blog post related to Sultan Suleiman. Yes the half and full day tours are guided by me.

      I think you may consider Winter to avoid the crowds. Because Istanbul’s high season starts at April and ends by the end of October. November might be also a good choice. December, January and February is really calm in Istanbul, if you don’t mind about the cold weather.

      I am a tour guide based in Istanbul, but I have connections with other parts of Turkey through my collaboration with Turkland Travel Agency.

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