You hear that? Is the call of prayer luring you into the most beautiful sacred places in Istanbul. Step into beautiful mosques, museums and check out a palace to see how every culture celebrates its beliefs. Get ready to be enlightened and come with a desire to discover!
Ready for a cultural awakening? Istanbul has been a cultural melting pot for centuries and most of the cultures that once reign the city left their marks: from beautiful monuments and stunning religious establishments. During this private experience, you can see the unique contrasts and mixes of Christianity & Islam on several mosques, churches and museums throughout the city. If there’s a mosque that portrays the beliefs and the beauty of the muslim culture of Istanbul, it’s the Blue Mosque. This worshipping place welcomes you with its grand courtyard as you hear the call of prayer. Be respectful of those that go there to pray and just absorb the beauty of its beautiful decorating tiles. Curious to see how some landmarks have transformed along the years? The perfect example is, Hagia Sophia! This marvelous gem is one of the oldest churches later turned into a mosque by the Ottoman and that now works as a museum. The best thing? No need to wait in line! Thanks to your favorite local, you will be able to go straight in to admire its beautiful detailed interior. Did anyone say lunch?! Take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch together with a cup of tea. Feel like a local as you take a sip and discover more about their tea traditions and coffee preparation rituals. An epic view that can't be found anywhere else awaits! Step into a dream-like palace, filled with open spaces and gardens all around. Your local host can tell the best stories for an instant royal vibe! For a true Byzantine relique, your local friend has a hidden gem in store for you! Visit Little Hagia Sophia, a non touristy small working mosque that can give you a glimpse of how the locals go to this safe place to practice their religion. And for a sweet goodbye, enjoy a pastry and a Turkish tea with your favorite local. Recap and get more unique recommendations of what to do in Istanbul before parting ways. Here is the plan: Meeting Point: Meet your host by the German Fountain Blue Mosque: Take the side entrance into the courtyard of Istanbuls most beautiful (and blue) mosque Hagia Sophia: Skip the line to the majestic Hagia Sophia and enjoy the contrasts within Lunch Break: You’re local host will recommend you their FAVOURITE place for lunch Topkapi Palace: Head over to the historic palace filled with beauty and virtue Mini Mosque:Time to visit very endearing yet smaller and lesser known mosque Pastry Makers: Pick up a delicious baklava at a local pastry shop Local Hideout: Head to where the locals go for a caj tea and relax at the end of an informative day