Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour Options 2018


Istanbul Old City Walking Tour 2018

Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour & Custom Tour Options

Istanbul’s most popular attraction for tourists is definitely Historical Peninsula and Sultanahmet area, the center of the empire. Bosphorus Cruise Tours come second as things to do. In the New Town, Beyoğlu is the main center of attraction.

Tours are grouped in certain categories such as walking tours in Historical Peninsula, bus tours in different districts and Bosphorus tours. In this article, we will take a look at the bestselling tour packages and their contents.

There are some important places that may be missed because they are not typically involved in tour packages in Istanbul. I will let you know about those so that you won’t miss them.

Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour Hagia Sophia

Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour Hagia Sophia Museum

Private Walking Tours In Istanbul Old City 2018

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.

These are the attractions that can be seen in Classic Old City Tours:

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

There are two structures in Sultanahmet area, which contribute enormously to the brand value of Istanbul: Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet Mosque, which is widely known as Blue Mosque.

Things To Do At Istanbul Old City – Private Tour Itinerary 2018

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia was built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian as a church in 537. After serving as a church for 900 years, this building was converted to mosque when the city was captured by the Ottomans in 1453 and served as a mosque for 500 years. It was eventually converted into a museum during the Republican times and now is open to all visitors as a unique structure blended with two Abrahamic religions.

Blue Mosque

It is the most visited mosque among all other mosques in Istanbul. It owes its fame to blue and unique Iznik tiles inside. It was built in 1616.

Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour Sultanahmet Blue Mosque 2018

Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour Blue Mosque Sultanahmet

Topkapı Palace

After Ottomans captured Istanbul, they needed a palace; that is why, they built this palace over Byzantium which was the first settlement in Istanbul, dating back to 638 BC. Topkapı Palace in which Ottoman Sultans accommodated for 400 years and Harem inside the palace are impressive as well as mystical. Topkapı Palace fees like another city covered with walls due to its huge dimensions.


It was built by Roman Emperor Constantine. 3500 years old Egyptian Obelisque, the oldest historical monument in Istanbul, is located at the very center of Hippodrome. Hippodrome was a center of entertainment during Roman and Byzantine times thanks to Chariot Races inside.

Basilica Cistern

It is a 1500 years old reservoir. It was built to fulfill the water requirement of the Grand Palace by Emperor Justinian. It provides a magical atmosphere due to 336 antique Greek columns gathered from the ruins of Greek colony Byzantium.

Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour Bosphorus Tour Options

Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour – Bosphorus Private Tours

Guided Bosphorus Tours 2018

The most basic Bosphorus Tours comprise a tour within Bosphorus and a visit to Spice Bazaar near harbor. After the tour, some other attractions which we list at the end of the article can be added to the itinerary. It is a flexible tour option.

  • Bosphorus Cruise Tour
  • Spice Bazaar

Bosphorus tour comes on top among things to do in Istanbul. Istanbul Strait has historically been an important channel because it provided key access from Black Sea to open seas. You will understand during your tour why Istanbul served as capital to Rome, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire.

It is exciting to see elegant mosques, palaces, castles and mansions alongside the seashore. The most expensive houses in Istanbul are located on seashore of Bosphorus. The most luxurious and popular districts are typically located near Bosphorus.

It is recommended to make your Bosphorus tour with a guide because most impressive structures you will see have interesting stories behind them.

It is possible to purchase Bosphorus tours from agencies or hotels as private boat tours. However, it is easier than you think to do them on your own. Please check the bottom of the page for related article.

Spice Bazaar: Spice Bazaar is typically included in Bosphorus tours because it is close to the harbor. Hundreds of years old Spice Bazaar is one of Istanbul’s oldest and most popular shopping centers together with Grand Bazaars.

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Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour – Tailor Made & Customizable Tours

Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour Custom Options

This tour option can be done with a private tour guide. They are the most flexible and goal oriented tours. It helps you to blend the attractions so that you have a chance to see more places. You can see a few places both from Historical Istanbul and Modern Istanbul in a single day.

The most attractive places of Modern Istanbul (Beyoğlu) are Galata Tower and Istiklal Street.

With a private tour guide, the following lists can be followed on an 8-hours tour.

Example Mixed Tour 1:

(Old City & New Town)

  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Spice Bazaar
  • Galata Tower
  • İstiklal Avenue

Example Mixed Tour 2:

(Bosphorus & Old City & New Town)

  • Bosphorus Tour
  • Spice Bazaar
  • Chora Church
  • Süleymaniye Mosque
  • Galata Tower
  • Istiklal Avenue
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The following places are typically missed during Istanbul visits.

  • Rüstem Pasha Mosque – A small mosque with the most beautiful Iznik tiles in the city, located near Spice Bazaar
  • Chora Church – Monastery church with the most beautiful and well-kept Byzantine mosaics
  • Süleymaniye Mosque – Biggest mosque in Istanbul. It was dedicated to Sultan Suleiman The Magnificent. It was built by the greatest architect of Ottoman Empire, Mimar Sinan.
  • Dolmabahçe Palace – Splendid western style palace used during the last centuries by Ottomans, located on the seashore of Bosphorus
  • Balat – Jewish Quarter of Ottoman Istanbul.
  • Kadıköy – Fish Market, Bahariye Avenue, Antique Sellers, Moda, Çiya Restaurant.
  • Bebek and Ortaköy – The most popular districts of Bosphorus. They are enjoyable places in terms of breakfast, walking and Bosphorus view.
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Custom Istanbul Tours 2018

The places above can be combined together or with the itinerary of Istanbul Custom Tours.

Most places I mentioned in the article are located in Istanbul Historical Peninsula therefore they can be reached through walking or a short taxi drive.

Places located in the New Town or Bosphorus coastline are also easily accessible. With a good itinerary, all these places can be seen in three or four days.

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Istanbul Old City Private Walking Tour Options 2018 was last modified: July 6th, 2018 by Serhat Engül

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