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Private Tour: Hidden Istanbul provided by Estambul Excursion

Private Tour: Hidden Istanbul

Private Tour: Hidden Istanbul
4.5
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
8h
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    8h
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Discover a less-visited side of Istanbul on the Golden Horn, where the layers of coexisting cultures are still visible. This private 8-hour tour takes you on an alternative route through old Istanbul, where Muslim Turks, Greek and Armenian Christians, and Jews used to live together. Visit Mihrimah Sultan Mosque and the stunning Chora Church, among many other notable sites dotting the Fener and Balat neighborhoods. Wander past typical old Istanbul houses and streets that preserve the feeling of the old city and travel comfortably by climate-controlled minivan.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Spanish
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at your hotel or port and embark in a climate-controlled minivan on an 8-hour tour of Istanbul’s most evocative neighborhoods. Take in the views of the many historical buildings that dot the route, including Kadir Has University, the Church of Aya Nikola, the majestic Greek Red School, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, the cast iron Sveti Stefan Bulgarian Church, the city walls of old Constantinople, and the dungeons of Anemas. Pop into the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, built by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan for his beloved. Explore the splendid Chora Museum, formerly a church and currently one of the most impressive museums in Istanbul. Inside, find stunning well-preserved Byzantine frescoes and gold-accented mosaics. Dig into Istanbul’s many layers, exploring the remains of a Byzantine palace and admiring the gate of Kasturya Synagogue, the crooked Egrikapi gate, the tomb-containing Cabir Mosque and the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae, the only church where Christians do their prayers on Fridays instead of Sundays. Wander through a bazaar in Balat, where a tangle of streets contain small shops and a variety of products. At the conclusion of your tour, your vehicle will return you to your hotel or port.   
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at your hotel or port and embark in a climate-controlled minivan on an 8-hour tour of Istanbul’s most evocative neighborhoods. Take in the views of the many historical buildings that dot the route, including Kadir Has University, the Church of Aya Nikola, the majestic Greek Red School, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, the cast iron Sveti Stefan Bulgarian Church, the city walls of old Constantinople, and the dungeons of Anemas. Pop into the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, built by the famous Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan for his beloved. Explore the splendid Chora Museum, formerly a church and currently one of the most impressive museums in Istanbul. Inside, find stunning well-preserved Byzantine frescoes and gold-accented mosaics. Dig into Istanbul’s many layers, exploring the remains of a Byzantine palace and admiring the gate of Kasturya Synagogue, the crooked Egrikapi gate, the tomb-containing Cabir Mosque and the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae, the only church where Christians do their prayers on Fridays instead of Sundays. Wander through a bazaar in Balat, where a tangle of streets contain small shops and a variety of products. At the conclusion of your tour, your vehicle will return you to your hotel or port.   
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 31323P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Location Name: Istanbul hotels Return Location: Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market)
  • Istanbul, Istanbul
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Location Name: Istanbul hotels Return Location: Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market)
  • Istanbul, Istanbul
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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Luis Fernando G
2 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
Es un lugar maravillosos, con mucha historia, lugares hermosos y una ciudad muy limpia, gente muy amable.
Written March 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

tantecarlos
Buenos Aires, Argentina124 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Fuimos a Estambul por primera vez ya que estamos muy lejos desde Buenos Aires. Es una ciudad hermosa por su arquitectura variada y sus calles que suben y bajan y sorprenden sin cesar. Los monumentos, museos y mesquitas son inigualables.
Toda la historia y el modernismo se entrelazan en formas y colores. Es una ciudad receptiva para el turismo, amigable para todos.
Sin dudas volvería.
Written December 31, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

maria eugenia g
Bogota, Colombia106 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Las mezquitas, bazares y baños turcos de Estambul podrían mantenerte felizmente ocupado durante todo tu viaje: una imagen impresionante de arquitectura por aquí, un regateo afable por una alfombra por allá. Empieza tu viaje en el imponente Sultan Ahmet Camii (Mezquita Azul), que puede verse desde muchos puntos de la ciudad
Written July 11, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Several family visits to Istambul
Our two daughters 8 and 9 yrs old my wife and myself, have visited Istambul twice and both times have had and excel
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Betty23857
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Magic Istambul
We have been in Istambul on September 2011. Very good choice in time of the year, nice temperature and beautiful ci
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