İstanbul Tours


Istanbul has been capital of the Eastern Roman and Ottoman Empires for more than 1000 years and presenting the heritage of many other civilizations as well. At Cappadocia Exclusive Travel, based on your requests and our suggestions, we have created tailor-made tours. Our tours are available as small group tours or private tours.


DAILY ISTANBUL TOUR (Regular - Group)

Old Istanbul Walk (85 Euro per person - including guide, lunch and tickets, group size is limited to 14 people.)

Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya)

Topkapi Palace
Basilica Cistern
Hippodrome and Obelisks
Lunch
Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya Church)
Blue Mosque
Million Stone
Tomb of Sultan Mahmud
Cemberlitas (Column of Constantine)
Grand Bazaar

First time in Istanbul? This is our most popular itinerary chosen by many of our guests, showing the highlights of the historical city.

We will pick you up from your hotel in Sultanahmet area around 08:30 and your day begins with a visit to the amazing Topkapi Palace home to the Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years. Today, the palace houses amazing artifacts from the Ottoman period as well as many religious pieces and the famous Harem. The Basilica Cistern is our next stop – also known as the Sunken Water Palace, the Cistern has 336 marble columns and was built in 532 A.D. On to the Roman Hippodrome this Byzantine scene was home to Constantinople's sporting and political life. Today we can see many monuments including a 3500 year old Egyptian Obelisk. Our next destination is a local restaurant for lunch.

After lunch, we continue with our walking tour by visiting the famous Aya Sofia (Hagia Sophia) museum this architectural wonder was built in 360 A.D. and was used as a house of worship by different religions until finally being converted to a museum in 1935. The next stop is the Sultanahmet Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque – built in the 16th century, this working mosque gets its names from the intricate blue Iznik tiles which adorn the inside. We continue on to the Tomb of Sultan Mahmud and the ancient Ottoman cemetery, the Cemberlitas known as the Banded Column and finally onto the Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar the ultimate Old World shopping center with some 4000 shops. The tour will end in the Grand Bazaar around 16:30 and the guide will give you information on how to get back to your hotel (an easy 5 to 10 minute walk to the hotels in Sultanahmet).

The full-day guided walking tour is 85 Euros per person. This includes a professionally-licensed English-speaking guide, entrance fees, lunch and all taxes. The tour rate includes pick up at your hotel in the Sultanahmet and taksim area for hotels located in other areas, a fee may be charged. The rate does not include drop off your hotel.

Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday; Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday and Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday. We will visit Chora Church on Mondays and Archaelogy Museum on Tuesdays.


Please send an email to info@cappadociaexclusivetravel.com to book the tour or further information.


HALF DAY ISTANBUL TOURS

Istanbul Faith Tour

(Group size is limited to 10 people) (40 Euro per person - including guide, transportation and tickets)

Suleymaniye Mosque
Chora Church (Kariye Camii)
Pierre Loti Hill overlooking Golden Horn

Süleymaniye Mosque (Camii)

We will pick you up at about 08:30 am for the tour. The first stop is Suleymaniye Mosque, constructed by Architect Sinan by the order of Sultan Suleyman The Magnificient. This is the largest mosque complex of the city used as the Imperial Mosque and offer a gorgeous view over the Golden Horn. After the mosque, we will stop by Pierre Loti Hill named after the French Poet who gave the spot his name.

There you will find a beatiful scenery of the city and peaceful location for taking a Turkish Tea.The next visit is to one of the oldest and most important churches in the city - The Church of Chora - representing fascinating wall paintings which tell the life of Christ in an historical order. Even though the building itself being small, the meaning was great for Byzantines as being founded 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. Driving along the city walls, the tour will end about 12.00 noon with drop off to the hotels. The tour is not operated on Wednesdays as Chora Church is closed. We provide free pick up & drop off service from Sultanahmet, Sirkeci, Beyazit, Taksim area hotels and Cruise Port.

The half-day Byzantine Istanbul tour is 40 Euros per person. This includes a professionally-licensed English-speaking guide, entrance fees, transportation and all taxes. The tour rate includes pick up at your hotel in the Sultanahmet and Taksim area for hotels located in other areas, a fee may be charged.

We do need minimum 4 people to run this tour.


Please send an email to info@cappadociaexclusivetravel.com to book the tour or further information.


Topkapi Palace

Morning Old Istanbul Walk

(Group size is limited to 10 people) (40 Euro per person - including guide and entrance tickets)

The above full day "Old Istanbul Walk" can also be separated into two half day tours. You will be picked up from your hotel in Sultanahmet around 08:30 and visit

Topkapi Palace
Basilica Cistern
Hippodrome and Obelisks

We don't operate this tour on Tuesday as Topkapi Palace is closed.

The half-day Morning Old Istanbul Walk is 40 Euros per person. This includes a professionally-licensed English-speaking guide, entrance fees and all taxes. The tour rate includes pick up at your hotel in Sultanahmet area for hotels located in other areas, a fee may be charged.


Please send an email to info@cappadociaexclusivetravel.com to book the tour or further information.


Afternoon Old Istanbul Walk

(Group size is limited to 10 people) (40 Euro per person - including guide and entrance tickets)

Just like the morning part of the above full day "Old Istanbul Walk", the afternoon part can be done as a half day tour. We will pick you up from your hotel in Sultanahmet around 13:00 and you will see

Grand Bazaar İstanbul

Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya Church)
Blue Mosque
Million Stone
Tomb of Sultan Mahmud
Cemberlitas (Column of Constantine)
Grand Bazaar

We don't operate this tour on Mondays as Hagia Sophia is closed. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

The half-day afternoon Old Istanbul Walk is 40 Euros per person. This includes a professionally-licensed English-speaking guide, entrance fees and all taxes. The tour rate includes pick up at your hotel in Sultanahmet area for hotels located in other areas, a fee may be charged.

Please send an email to info@cappadociaexclusivetravel.com to book the tour or further information.


Dolmabahce Palace and Yildiz Royal Garden

(50 Euro per person – including guide and entrance tickets)

Dolmabahce Palace
Yildiz Royal Garden

We do not operate this tour on Mondays and Thursdays as Dolmabahce Palace is closed.

Yıldız Royal Garden

We will pick you up from your hotel at around 08:30. We firstly visit Dolmabahce Palace, located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, on the European coastline of the Bosporus strait, served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922, apart from a 22-year interval (1887–1909) in which Yıldız Palace was used. The designs in the palace contain eclectic elements from the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles, blended with traditional Ottoman architecture to create a new synthesis. This place is very famous with great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier and has 285 rooms of 46 halls. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of Turkish Republic, has also stayed in this palace for some time. After the palace, the next stop will be Yildiz Royal Garden. We take a walk in the imperial gardens ornamented with some kiosks and beautiful vegetation in the middle of Istanbul. The tour will end around 12:30 and we will drive you back to your hotel.

The half-day Daolmabahce Palace and Yildiz Royal Garden tour is 50 Euros per person. This includes a professionally-licensed English-speaking guide, entrance fees, transportation and all taxes. The tour rate includes the pick-up at your hotel in the Sultanahmet and Taksim area – for hotels located in other areas, a fee may be changed.

We do need minimum 4 people to run this tour.


Two Continents Tour (Group Size is limited to 12 people)/

(50 Euro per person - including guide and entrance tickets)

Beylerbeyi Palace
Camlica Hill
Fashion-show in an outlet center

We do not operate this tour on Mondays and Thursdays as Beylerbeyi Palace is closed.

Camlica Hill İstanbul

We will pick up from your hotel about 13:30 and you will have a unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asian) one with our air conditioned tour bus in 5 minutes using the Bosporus Bridge. The first stop will be Beylerbeyi Palace which is the summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with Harem. The palace was often used as a guest house for visiting royalty. Empress Eugénie of France, Shah Nasruddin of Persia, Grand Duke Nicholas of Russia and other worthies enjoyed its comforts. The next stop is Camlica Hill which is the highest point in Istanbul that allows you to see the entire panorama of Istanbul and Bosporus. As Turkey is one of the best leather producing countries in the world, you will watch a fashion-show in an outlet and then you will be transferred back to your hotel about 18:00.

The half-day Two Continents tour is 50 Euros per person. This includes a professionally-licensed English-speaking guide, entrance fees, transportation and all taxes. The tour rate includes the pick-up at your hotel in the Sultanahmet and Taksim area – for hotels located in other areas, a fee may be charged.

We do need minimum 4 people to run this tour.


What about combining these half-day trips with a Bosporus Cruise?

Please check our Bosporus Cruise page for adding a morning or afternoon cruise.


PRIVATE ISTANBUL TOURS

We also organize private Istanbul Tours at Cappadocia Exclusive Travel. These tours are tailor-made with our guests' preferences and our suggestions. Instead of traveling with groups, the tour will be only for you and you will adjust the visit durations of the places.


Please send an email to info@cappadociaexclusivetravel.com to book the tour or further information.


Please visit our Istanbul Info page to get further information about some of the places that you can see in Istanbul.


I JUST NEED A GUIDE FOR ISTANBUL/

If you prefer to explore Istanbul's treasures at your own pace, seeing the sites that interest you we can offer a private guide for the day. You will have your own professionally-licensed, English-speaking guide with you for the entire day.

The rate for the private guide is 200 Euros for a full day whether you are one or ten people. This rate includes the guide only; no entrance fees, lunch or transportation.