Sultanahmet Old City Tour - Private - Istanbul

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Return Details :
    Grand Bazaar, Beyazıt, Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This cultural experience will be about 6 hours and include main venues to visit in Istanbul. Meeting in front of Ayasofya at 10am and starting with Ayasofya Mosque and later visiting Topkapi Palace Museum for about 1,5 hours to see different quarters, kitchens, armory, harem quarters etc. The Topkapi Palace museum is a fascinating landmark, and definitely a must-see attraction. Fast track entry tickets for the palace can be arranged at an extra charge. After the Palace The Blue Mosque will be visited from outside because of restorations and then Roman Cistern can be visited. A short lunch break at a local restaurant serving traditional food and finally will be heading to Grand Bazaar area to rugs, leather products, ceramics etc.
Tour starts at 10am. and will end at the Grand Bazaar area 6 hours later.
Museum tickets, Lunch and Gratuity not included.
Everyday except for Saturday, Tuesday and Sunday.


  • Family friendly
  • Skip the line
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sultanahmet district, Istanbul

Meeting /Greeting in front of Haghia (St) Sophia Museum

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hagia sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), Istanbul

Visiting Hagia (St) Sophia Museum

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Blue mosque, Istanbul

Visiting Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Hippodrome (At Meydani), Istanbul

Visiting Hipodrom Square ( Egyptien Obelisk, Roman Column etc)

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Basilica cistern, Istanbul

Visiting Roman ( Basilica's) Cistern

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Topkapi palace, Istanbul

Visiting Topkap Palace Museum

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Sultanahmet district, Istanbul

Short lunch break

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kapali Carsi, Istanbul

Visiting Grand bazaar

Duration: 1 hour


Professional guide



Hotel pickup and drop-off


Museum tickets

Entry/Admission - Topkapi Palace

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 23-Nov-2021

    Ali is a wonderful tour guide. Our family of 2 Adults and 3 teenagers spent 6 hours with him and loved the experience. He is knowledgeable, engaging and professional. He not only provided great insights to the history of the place, he made it personal with stories of the people who built and lived there. He also provided great tips and advice for other activities we should consider trying while in town. Would definitely use him again for future tours.

  • 06-Oct-2021

    Best walking tour we have ever had. If you are in Istanbul and want to see the sights at your own pace with a total history you have to book with Ali. We contacted Ali prior to our visit, all very easy and straightforward, outlined what we wanted to see and do no problem. He even offered advise on other booking we wanted to make. On the day he arrived promptly at our hotel to start our private tour. Confirmed the plan for the day discussing best ways to move around the city. Everything was done at a pace of our choosing. We opted to walk to the old city along the way Ali was able to provide details of the city it’s landmarks and their history and how things have changed over time. At the spice bazaar advised of what to get and what to avoid, prices that we should expect to pay. Wonderful detailed history at the Hagia Sophia, Blue mosque and Topkapi palace. Really bringing the places to life! He took us to an excellent authentic Turkish restaurant, delicious food very reasonably priced. Over lunch we discussed life in Istanbul other areas and restaurants worth exploring. Ali was truly fantastic, we honestly felt like it was a day out discovering new things with an old friend.

  • 28-Oct-2019

    Better than good. Excellent is the appropriate descriptor. Brilliantly paced. Excellent descriptions and information provided. Strongly recommended.

  • 15-Jun-2019

    We hired Ali for 2 days private tour in Istanbul. We had very limited time and wanted to see everything! Ali took us to what wanted to see and made suggestions what we would like to do. He was flexible to stay longer at some places and go quickly through others. He was so knowledgeable about the city and the history of each landmark. I really enjoyed the stories he told us. His English is great. The first day we walked around Sultanahmet and he was able to help us bypass long lines! He took us to a local kebap place that was not touristy. On the second day we had a van for transport that was cool with aircon for a hot day. We walked around Balat and he didn’t mind as we shopped and even showed us a great children’s charity house that we loved. He took us to his friends stand at the spice market who treated us Worh tastes of Turkish delight, spices,teas, and goodies. I didn’t feel pressured and knew we were getting quality products because I trusted Ali. Then he took us to another local joint for lunch of white beans, rice and veal. I never would have had a traditional delicious lunch without Ali as our guide. Did you know Ali wrote a book about buying Oriental carpets in Turkey? So, he took us to his friends’ place that does wholesale. We bought some amazing authentic and beautiful rugs to take home and have for a lifetime. With all the knockoffs and pushy salesmen in the grand bazaar I was so happy to have this experience. We drank tea in the air con laughed and chatted with the store men. I trust that Ali gave us great advice, the man literally wrote the book on it!! Ali hooked us up with his friends for tours on our next stop in Cappadocia and set up airport transfers for us there. Ali is the best decision we made on our quick trip to Istanbul!

  • 25-Jun-2016

    Ali is not only a great guide and a knowledgeable professional; he is an amazing person, as well. My girlfriend and I felt like we were touring Istanbul with a good old friend of ours.
    Thanks Ali for such a great experience!

    Alfredo and Cris! New York, NY

  • 25-Jun-2016

    Ali is not only a great guide and a knowledgeable professional; he is an amazing person, as well. My girlfriend and I felt like we were touring Istanbul with a good old friend of ours.
    Thanks Ali for such a great experience!

    Alfredo and Cris! New York, NY