Istanbul.... A city which is spread across Asia and Europe, separated by the Bosphorus and with a population of 16 million. Istanbul was the capital of three separate empires, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans, so it comes as no surprise that rich culture and history can be found around every corner.All of them left something behind: churches, mosques, palaces and cisterns, etc. However, there is more to Istanbul then just its history. Istanbul is also a modern city with thousands of cafes and bars as well as many famous brand shops. So no matter what your interests are, there are plenty of things to do and see in Istanbul. Let us help you see the real Istanbul from a local’s perspective. We have high quality guided Istanbul tours all operated as private Istanbul tours with licensed and experienced guide​

    Famous Local Sites: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Topkapi Palace Museum, Galata Tower, Chora Church

    Must Try Local Eats: Doner, Lahmacun, Kebab, Pide  

    The Hippodrome of Constantinople (today Sultan Ahmet Square) was the center of social life in the Byzantine Empire for centuries. The Hippodrome, where relentless chariot races were held, was also the scene of many rebellions and massacres. Today hippodrome is located in Sultan Ahmet , in the heart of İstanbul’s Old City. Focusing on Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque visitors can overlook the Hippodrome. However, two of the oldest historical monuments of İstanbul, such as the Obelisk of Theodosius and the Serpent Column are located here.

    Built between 532 and 537, Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom, Ayasofya) represents a brilliant moment in Byzantine architecture and art. I was the principal church of the Byzantine Empire in its capital. Constantinople (later İstanbul) and mosque after the Ottoman Empire conquered the city in 1453.

    The Blue Mosque dominates İstanbul ‘s majestic skyline with its elegant composition of ascending domes and six slender soaring minarets with its unique location right in the epicenter of two big empires and civilizations. The secrets of six minarets, tiles, the dominance of the blue color, finely carved and sculptured marble Mihrab and the magnificent exterior of the Blue Mosque all together make the Blue Mosque famous in the world.

    Topkapı Palace was home to Ottoman Sultans who ruled the world for centuries. Today, it serves as a museum that cherishes the memories of those times. Topkapı Palace Museum is one of the largest palace museums of the world with 300.000 archive documents, spectacular collections consisting of Ottoman arms and instruments, an invaluable treasure like the Spoonmaker’s Diamond and its sacred relics. Sections of Topkapı Palace consist of 4 courtyards and 1 harem. The palace has been divided into 2 main sections as Birun, its service section, and Enderun, which covers inner organizational sctructures.

    The Grand Bazaar in İstanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with 61 covered streets and over 4000 shops. It was listed number one among the world’s most visited tourist attractions with 91.250.000 annual visitors.