Iconic Istanbul: A Full-day Historical City Tour

Vines and Pearls Tours in Turkey
7 hours
Vines and Pearls Tours in Turkey
Vines and Pearls Tours in Turkey
Private tour:
History tour


There are many private tours in Istanbul, however, at Vines & Pearls we guarantee an outstanding experience.

Istanbul is one of the most iconic cities in the world. Its rich historical past reminisces about the times of the Ancient Roman Empire, clashes between Western and Eastern civilizations and the city’s role as a historical trade center. On the Iconic Istanbul tour, you will travel through centuries-old historical pathways and visit the main monuments revealing different eras that Istanbul has gone through. The outstanding expertise of our professional guides makes this tour stand out from other private tours in Istanbul.

This city tour includes visits to the ancient underground Byzantine cisterns, the most iconic houses of prayer as the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, and a visit to the Ottoman Topkapi palace dating back to the 15th century. You will take a break to enjoy lunch at a Michelin’s Guide-recommended restaurant overlooking the historic city and famous for its modern interpretation of traditional Ottoman cuisine. Your private professional guide will ensure the tour is conducted at a comfortable pace and tailored to your wishes!

What's special about "Iconic Istanbul: A Full-day Historical City Tour"

  • Private tour through the most iconic sights of Istanbul

  • Entrance tickets to the mysterious underground Byzantine cisterns included

  • Entrance tickets to the historical sultan's Topkapi palace included

  • Visit two iconic historical mosques: the Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia

  • Browse through authentic shops at the atmospheric Grand Bazar

  • Lunch reservation at a restaurant recommended by a Michelin's Guide (note: lunch on your own expenses)

What's included

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Guided by a licensed & passionate guide
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Traditional Turkish coffee/tea included
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Lunch reservation at a Michelin's Guide listed restaurant (on your own expenses)
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Walking tour
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SKIP THE LINE for: Byzantine cistern & Topkapi Palace

About this experience

Istanbul is at the heart of the historical crossroads between the West and the East. Once just a tiny Byzantine fishermen’s village later transformed into the capital of the Roman Empire that became the political, cultural and spiritual center of the Western civilization – Constantinopolis. After centuries of Roman rule, concurred by Ottomans and yet keeping its role as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East, remaining as the main trading point and strategic harbor, Istanbul today is a truly inspiring place. In many ways, Istanbul is home to historical events that shaped the future of the entire world. The historical monuments tell us endless tales of political, strategic and spiritually guided decisions as well as engineering and scientific inventions that paved the way for the course of history on a global scale. You will have a chance to feel it all when passing through the crowded Bazar allays, catching a panoramic view from the Sulemaniye mosque, getting lost in the chambers of the Ottoman palace, or taking an Aw while peaking at the magical Hagia Sophia.

Embark on the journey through history and culture with a dedicated professional guide who is here to put you at ease and comfort while exploring the busy yet magnificent Istanbul. 

Vines & Pearls offer private tours in Istanbul that meet high-quality standards. We work only with professional guides who are outstanding experts in their field. The comfort of our guests is our priority. During private tours in Istanbul, we aim to show the most outstanding icons and as well hidden pearls, and true and authentic cultural gems. To make things, even more easier the pickup options from Sultanahmet and Galata districts are available for our guests. However, if you are not staying in the area – not to worry! Our meeting point is easy to access with public transport and our guide will welcome you in front of Suleymaniye Square Fountain.


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