Off the beaten path museums in Istanbul

Private & Custom Tours in Istanbul
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Tour description

This is a special tour including some of the unique places in the city but also which are difficult to visit on your own. The tour will take you to the roots of historic Istanbul with a visit to the monuments of Byzantine and Ottoman cultural heritage. As the places of visit are all located out of the touristic centers, you will also have the chance to visit the current daily local life on a 6-hour insider driving tour with a local guide.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Suleymaniye Mosque, IstanbulThe Suleymaniye Mosque was built on the order of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan. The construction work began in 1550 and the mosque was finished in 1557. The mosque is modeled in part on the style of a Byzantine basilica, particularly the Hagia Sophia, which was perhaps a conscious move on the part of the sultan to create a continuity and a symbolic connection with the city's past. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kariye Museum (The Chora Church), IstanbulThe Church of Chora - representing fascinating wall paintings which tell the life of Christ in a historical order. Even though the building itself is small, the meaning was great for Byzantines as being found at the borders of the city and welcoming the visitors. Today the environment is restored and this is a good place to spend time with local artisans and wooden houses.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, IstanbulFener Orthodox PatriarchateDuration: 1 hourStop At: Dolmabahce Palace, IstanbulThe Dolmabahce Palace the last residence for Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Famous for the great collection of European antiquity, furniture, and 4.5 tons chandelier.Duration: 1 hour

What's included

  • Fuel surcharge
  • Afternoon tea
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Private tour
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

What's not included

  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Dolmabahce Palace