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Visit to Topkapi Palace
Ottoman Sultan's Residence
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The Basilica Cistern
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See The Hippodrome
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Hagia Sophia Church
See the amazing mosaics
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The Blue Mosque

Private Istanbul Tours

We customize an itinerary for you that covers all your must-see places or must-do activities. We specialize in helping you to tailor-make your time in Istanbul that perfectly suits your tastes, styles and temperament. Below is the most popular itinerary done by our guests, but we can modify the itinerary up to your requests.

Our guide will meet you at your hotel in Sultanahmet / Taksim area in the morning and start touring with Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia) Museum, bearing the symbols of Christianity and Islam together. The church has been constructed in 537 AD. by Roman Emperor Justinian and has been converted in to a mosque in 15th century.

The next visit will be The Caferaga Madrasah* (Caferaga Medresesi) built in the 16th century as a former educational unit  by Architect Sinan (Mimar Sinan). At the present time it is used as  a center for classrooms & exhibition about traditional Turkish handicrafts such as marbling, calligraphy (in Latin Alphabet), calligraphy (in Arabic Alphabet), glass painting, patterns on porcelain, beading, Jewelry.

The final visit of the morning will be The Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque) decorated with some of the best examples in Turkish Tile Art History. Built on the 17th centuryBlue Mosque is a symbol of Istanbul standing in the heart of the city.

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Hagia Sophia Church Interior

Lunch will be in the famous Puding Shop Restaurant, overlooking the Hippodrome (At Meydani).

The tour will continue with a walking through The Hippodrome which was once used for chariot races, celebrations, riots, executions and other important events through Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

The walk through The Hippodrome will be about 45 minutes. You will also visit The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum located in Hippodrome which houses notable examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, and rugs as well as ethnographic displays on various cultures in Turkey, especially the nomad groups.

The final visit of the day will be Topkapi Palace*Ottoman Sultan’s Residence, built on the slopes of Sarayburnu looking Bosporus and The Sea of Marmara.

Topkapi Palace is a combination of different architectural styles. Topkapi Palace is the most visited museum in Turkey and you will be able to see the Ottoman Empire treasuryDynasty clothing, Harem life and Sacred Relics. The tour in the museum will be around 2 hours. Harem Section will not be included in the itinerary and there will be an extra 20 TL per person to visit this section. The tour will end around 5:00pm and our guide will take you back to your hotel.

* Caferaga Madrasah is closed on Mondays.
* Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays (can be replaced with Istanbul Archeology Museum on closed days)
* Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays and offical holidays(Festive Holiday)

THE RATE FOR THIS ITINERARY WILL BE AS:

1 person 2 people   3 people 4 people 5 people
330 Euro 175 Euro pp 150 Euro pp 125 Euro pp 115 Euro pp

For more than 5 people, please email us from info@metistravel.com

Private tours are quite flexible, so we can customize the itinerary up to your personal requests. If you would like to have a quote of the itinerary with other requested places, please email us

Please do not hesitate to contact us for your questions or special requests and we will reply your request the latest in 24 hours.