Private Half Day Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City


Istanbul Private Tour Guide

Private Half Day Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City

You may find countless number of books, documentaries, guidebooks, blogs and commentaries about Istanbul. These sources may let you draft a good plan and you can visit the city by walking.

Why then should you pay for a tour guide in Istanbul? Here are the answer to this question.

  • Managing The Time Efficiently

There are long queues in front of important landmarks such as Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace especially in high season, which make it unbearable to wait for so long. Visitors with private tour guides are able to skip long queues due to the privilege of guides so that they can enter the landmarks quickly.

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Judas tree is one of the symbols of Istanbul.

  • Guiding is A Profession in Turkey Requiring Expertise

Tour guides in Turkey have to graduate from the Department of Tour Guiding at universities in order to be able to perform their profession. In this department, they study Anatolian history, Turkish-Ottoman history, European history, history of religions and mythology. Only after serious history and language examinations, they acquire their tour guide license.

Qualified tour guides have such a great history and culture knowledge that only a university professor would have. This profession lets tour guides meet new people and cherish history in a way that good guides will not only tell you the history but make you visualize it as well. Being a tour guide in Istanbul without the required license is strictly forbidden and illegal. Therefore, you should make sure that your guide has a license.

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Courtyard of Suleymaniye Mosque

  • Being Aware of History and Details

Even those people who have been to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace many times tend to overlook some details. Especially legends and technical details about the buildings are really hard to know without researching them in detail.

Legends take an important place in Istanbul which has a longstanding history from the ancient ages. The best example of this is the Hippodrome area near Blue Mosque. There are lots of tourists who pass through Hippodrome without even knowing that this used to be the biggest entertainment center and social space of Constantinople.

Today the only thing that’s left of it is a rectangular shaped agora and an Obelisk at its center. When I tell about the races, the emperors coming here to watch them and the rebellions which originated here, there are many visitors who tell me “thanks a lot for these valuable information, if it hadn’t been for you, we would have walked right past here without learning anything”.

A tour guide giving these information with a passion and enthusiasm will definitely change your perception of the city as well as culture and enable you to enjoy your tour.

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  • Dealing with Local Transportation, Taxis and Street Vendors

Traffic is by far the biggest problem in Istanbul. The best person to know when to take public transport and taxi is your private tour guide. A private tour guide can even be hired solely for shopping in historical and touristic areas.

The secret gems of the city such as non-touristic local restaurants and vintage shops are located not in main roads but less known alleys. A knowledgeable and experienced private tour guide is therefore essential to discover the local markets, tastes and humans of the city.

Moreover, there are many idle people following tourists in streets around Istanbul Old City. These people try to communicate with tourists in an attempt to drag them to their carpet shops or jeweler.

Sometimes they are very disturbing and persistent which can be really uncomfortable and the best solution to avoid them is to have your private tour guide with you.

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  • Why Private Guided Tours of Istanbul?

This is the best way to lay out a custom tour for you. Instead of purchasing pre-arranged tours and hurrying to see places by following a group of tourists in a limited time only to end up in some shops, you can decide on the speed and content of the tour. The best solution is booking a personal tour guide who gives you options and helps you setup a custom itinerary.

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Experience the local restaurants with your tour guide.

Experience The Local Culture

Private guided tours which we call “tailor made tours” are very flexible tours. They enable you to enjoy both popular culinary tours and traditional history tours.

During two or three days of your schedule with your guide, you can visit famous historical landmarks, local bazaars, traditional Turkish restaurants called Lokanta and small master artisan shops.

Private Half Day Tour of Istanbul Old City

Private Half Day Walking Tour is very useful for those who wants to discover the history of Istanbul.

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

You can meet your guide in the morning around 9:00 or 10:00 O’clock. Start the tour from Hippodrome to see the oldest monuments like Seprent Column and Obelisk of Theodosios. Comprehensive information is provided about the Greco-Roman history of Istanbul.

Then visit the Hagia Sophia to improve your knowledge about Byzantines. Enjoy the history and architecture of Hagia Sophia for nearly 1 hour. Then visit the Basilica Cistern which is truly impressive. The last stop will be the charming Blue Mosque.

Duration of the tour is usually 3-4 hours but it’s flexible. It could take a bit longer if you are interested in the history.

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The High Season is considered as the spring and autumn in Istanbul. The mild weather is very convenient for Guided Walking Tours. Therefore hiring a guide could be more expensive in the high season (from April to November) than the winter.

Average rate for a half day tour is 120 USD (Not per person but total price up to 4 people) Please consider that it’s a private guided tour and there will be just you!

You can visit Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Blue Mosque within 3-4 hours. This history & sightseeing tour would definitely give you a good overview about Istanbul’s history and culture.

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Private Half Day Walking Tour of Istanbul Old City was last modified: February 18th, 2019 by Serhat Engül

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