The Best of Istanbul: Half Day Private Tour

Private & Custom Tours in Istanbul

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Enjoy the best of Istanbul in just half a day and see its main highlights with some hidden gems along the way. Visit important monuments like the Blue Mosque and discover the hip neighborhood of Karakoy. A tram & funicular ride are also part of the fun on this amazing private tour!
Being a huge cultural melting pot, Istanbul has plenty to offer! Every corner has its unique charm and if you want to see it all in just half a day, this is the perfect way to satisfy your need to explore! See the best of the best with a local insider by your side, and you won’t leave anything behind on this amazing & private tour. In the European heart of Istanbul you can instantly appreciate its main highlights as they boast proudly in the city. And what would a trip to Istanbul be without seeing the Blue Mosque? Go with your favorite local to discover this fascinating cultural gem.  If you are looking for some cultural awakening, then Caferaga Medresesi will be one of your favorites. Step into the cobblestoned courtyard and see the work of local artisans. You’ll be amazed! Check out the hippest neighborhood in town and do as the locals do: get on a tram and head to Karaoke. Enjoy amazing views as you cross the Galata bridge and see how locals fish along the bridge. No matter what time or day, there's always a fish to catch!  Time for a break, so grab a simit, Istanbul's version of a bagel. Stroll around local shops, galleries and hotspots. Enjoy the lively buzz of locals chilling at cafes with their nargile in hand. Do you love art and hidden gems? Check out the Galata Mevlevi House and feel inspired by this museum full of traditions, music and artisan shops. In this same square, there’s a little gate that will lead you to meet a very interesting character. No need to spoil the surprise, all you have to know is that you’ll be in for an inspiring treat! Sit down with your new local friend to enjoy a Turkish coffee while you both recap everything about your private tour. By the end of your experience, your love for Istanbul will be even bigger!  Here is the plan: Meeting Point: Meet your host by the German Fountain Stop 1: Learn the fascinating stories linked to the famous Hippodrome Stop 2: Take the side entrance into the courtyard of Istanbuls most beautiful (and blue) mosque Stop 3: Head further around Sultanahmet area and hear about the amazing Hagia Sophia Stop 4: Walk through the gardens of Topkapi Palace and learn about the Sultans who lived there Stop 5: Discover a local yet artistic hidden gem and enjoy a tea Stop 6: Time to take a tram down to Karakoy area Stop 7: Ride up in one of the worlds oldest funiculars to the amazing Galata area Stop 8: Time for another hidden gem to see the traditions of the Whirling Dervishes Stop 9: TowerWonder around the Galata area and admire it’s iconic tower Stop 10: Time to rest your feet in a quant and alternative local coffee shop/jewellery designers workshop

What’s included

  • Entrance ticket to Galata Mevlevi House
  • Transport costs
  • 2 non alcoholic drinks
  • Local guide
  • Private tour: only you & your local host! 

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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