Private Tour: Istanbul Highlights And Nakkas Cistern
OverviewVisit four of Istanbuls world-famous sights and one of its hidden gems on a full-day private tour, with lunch included. With your very own guide, explore the splendid Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Then, descend into the little-known Nakkas Cistern, a Byzantine underground cistern, where the arched vaults house an exhibition on Istanbuls ancient Hippodrome. View the fascinating displays on the chariot-racing arena and then explore the colorful Grand Bazaar, stopping on route to sample a delicious Turkish coffee at a roasting house.
- All entrance fees included
- Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Meet your expert guide at your Istanbul hotel and hop into your air-conditioned minivan for your private tour. Chat with your guide about any sights you want to see more or less of as your tour is private, the itinerary can be customized around you.
Start at the stunning Blue Mosque, a 17th-century mosque graced by beautiful domes and minarets, and famed for its 20,000 blue znik tiles. Admire the ocean of blue of its interior and then visit the UNESCO-listed Hagia Sophia, the 6th-century church that was turned into a mosque before becoming a museum.
Admire the soaring, mosaic-covered interior and then, after lunch at a traditional restaurant, head to the Topkapi Palace, seat of the Ottoman sultans for over 400 years. Enjoy a guided tour around its porcelain, jewelry and art collections, and learn about the Ottoman rulers who lived here.
Next, visit the Nakkas Cistern, a hidden gem. Built in the 6th century, this underground vault once stored water for the city and is now used for private exhibitions.
Descend into the gloomy underground vaults and immerse yourself in the current Hippodrome exhibition, an exploration of Istanbuls ancient chariot-racing circuit that's set out amid the marble columns. View the 3D animations and replica statues that bring this now long-gone stadium back to life in vivid detail.
Lastly, pay a visit to the captivating Grand Bazaar. Dating back to 1456, this vast, chaotic marketplace brims with more than 3,000 stalls selling rugs, jewelry, spices, antiques and other goods.
Explore with your guide, get tips on haggling, and perhaps snap up some souvenirs (own expense). Finish at one of the bazaars best-known coffee roasters, Sark Kahvesi. Sip on a delicious, home-roasted blend as you learn about Turkeys passion for coffee, and then return to your hotel where your tour finishes.
Inclusions for Private Tour: Istanbul Highlights And Nakkas Cistern
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Professional guide
- Transport by private air-conditioned minivan
- Entrance fees
- Turkish coffee
Exclusions for Private Tour: Istanbul Highlights And Nakkas Cistern
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Drinks with lunch (available to purchase)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 14 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
- If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
- Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
- Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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