Our tour will include the most important museums, best mosques, amazing views of the Bosphorus, eating at local restaurants and on the hills of Istanbul. You will be immersed in the best of Istanbul, a mixture of the city's history and dining experiences. ITINERARY + Hagia Sophia Museum + Topkapı Palace + Sultanahmet Mosque (1st hill) + Hippodrome Square + Lunch(Köfte or Kebab) + Basilica Cistern + Nuri Osmaniye Mosque (2nd hill) + Grand Bazaar + Suleymaniye Mosque (3rd hill) + Rooftop Cafe (Best Turkish Teas) *As the tour is customized based on my guests' interests, we may not visit all the places on the list. However, I will make sure you have the chance to experience the highlights of Istanbul. MEETING POINT AND TOUR DURATION Meeting Point: Sultanahmet Tramway Station End Point: Suleymaniye Duration: 7-7.5 hours TRANSPORTATION This tour generally by walking WHAT’s INCLUDED? • English speaking host for entire duration of tour • Advice for food, shopping and other things ESTIMATED LOCAL CASH NEEDED • 45 euros will be enough for everything REMINDERS • Please have breakfast in the morning, as we will walk most of the tour
Born and raised in Istanbul, I love sharing this cultural and historic city with my guests. I personally create the itinerary with my guests' interests in mind. I have been hosting for more than 1 year. I met my co-hosts, Bünyamin and Ubeydullah, at university where we began hosting for Istanbul. Both my co-hosts are fluent in English. Bünyamin is an avid traveler and has a background in Literature. Ubeydullah studied history and is also fluent in Arabic. My background is in engineering. By day, you can find me at my office creating solutions for modern life. When I'm not doing that, I'm showing clients the best Istanbul has to offer.
We will use public transportation system if we need
Hippodrome square has oldest columns. Sultanahmet Mosque is the most visited place of Istanbul. Hagia Sophia is one of the oldest structures in the city. Topkapi palace is the oldest palace in Istanbul. Basilica Cistern is perfect for pictures. Süleymaniye Mosque offers views of the city. Lastly, we will taste sort of Turkish coffees and teas.
Before our tour, please have a good breakfast. We will walk for most of the tour, please wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring 250tl in cash, (€45/$50) for museums and food or bring your credit card for museums for fast entry and 100 tl in cash for food and drink.
Istanbul Highlights in a Day