Private Tour: Hidden Istanbul

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this timeTimes are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Istanbul hotels
  • Return Details :
    Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market)
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Step back in time on a history tour

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Meet your guide at your hotel or port and embark in a climate-controlled minivan on an 8-hour tour of Istanbuls 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 Istanbuls 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.


Hotel pickup

Professional guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Private tour


Food and drinks

Additional Info

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

Traveler Reviews

  • 13-Nov-2022

    Ciudad que no debes dejar de visitar mientras existas. Espectaculares mezquitas(el islamismo aflora por todas partes), palacios y museos hermosos, historia antiquisima que te recuerda tu clase de historia en tu secundaria, puentes que cruzan el bosforo majestuosos ,en fin, hay que ir para disfrutar.

  • 16-Mar-2020

    Es un lugar maravillosos, con mucha historia, lugares hermosos y una ciudad muy limpia, gente muy amable.

  • 31-Dec-2019

    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.

  • 11-Jul-2019

    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