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Discover the Wonders of Galata Port

Join us on an exhilarating journey through the vibrant Galata Port in Istanbul. With a private guide leading the way, you'll dive into a world where modernity meets history.

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Galataport - Sultanahmet Old City Highlights Private Tour

Galataport - Sultanahmet Old City Highlights Private Tour

TOUR INFO AND ITINERARY

This is a full day walking tour starting from Galataport. Your licensed tour guide will pick you from Galataport any time you want and s/he will be at your service and guide you during the day for about 8 hours.

Firstly, your private licensed tour guide (in any major language you prefer) will come and collect you from the Galataport. Pick-up and drop-off times will be arranged in line with your cruise timetables. After pick-up, we will take a short tram ride from Galataport to downtown Sultanahmet, approximately 10 minutes.

The guide will tell you all the history and importance of the monuments in detail. Having a private tour guide comes in handy. For example, you will realize in situ that in front of every major museum, there are long queues. But, there is no need to panic; when you are under the umbrella of your private tour guide, you do not have to wait in long queues. You will forge ahead hassle-free and the guide will get you in rapidly. That will save you a lot of time. Additionally, when you have your private guide, you do not have to wait for other people in the group as in regular tours that are oftentimes burdensome.

During the tour, time permits, you shall visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Obelisks, Cistern Basilica, Topkapı Palace, Grand Bazaar. There will be a lunch break any time you want. You will also be given free time for shopping at local stores. Your guide will help you with some bargaining games which are part of the shopping in Turkey. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to Galataport in line with your check-in time at cruise ship.

Altogether, this will be a cultural tour of "Sultanahmet Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. You will be mesmerized by the grandeur of those empires that left their traces in İstanbul. At the end of the tour, you will have a great collection of pictures and videos. Having your own private tour guide in your own language will make all the difference. Since it is a private tour, you set your own agenda, you can start from whichever monument you want! Below, you can find a short summary of the places you shall be visiting during the tour.

Place Description
Hagia Sophia Once described as the greatest church in Christendom, Hagia Sophia is a masterpiece with a synthesis of the Occident and the Orient. Built by Constantine the Great in 325 on the remains of a pagan temple. Rebuilt by Justinian and Theodora. In 1453, Mehmet the Conqueror added minarets to the huge, soaring dome and turned the former church into a mosque. The building controversially became a museum in 1935, but the interior retains its religious ramifications with the Christian mosaics and Muslim calligraphic disks adorning its walls and piers. For the time being, it serves as a mosque again.
Blue Mosque Also known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque, this breathtaking building is one of the most majestic Ottoman mosques in all of Turkey. The Blue Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616, by the architect Mehmet Ağa, instructed by Sultan Ahmed I. It was designed as an imperial show of strength to complement the imposing Hagia Sophia, which faces it across Sultanahmet Square. Unlike the Hagia Sophia, it is supported by four 'elephant foot' pillars, and the central dome is flanked by four semi-domes, making it nearly a square in shape. It is dubbed the Blue Mosque because of over 20,000 handmade ceramic Iznik tiles that decorate the interior, featuring many different tulips, rose, carnation, and lily designs, well lit by 260 windows. Aside from its staggering size and exquisite beauty, one of the most distinctive elements of this Istanbul mosque is that it has six minarets, as opposed to the usual two or four of most of the city’s mosques.
Hippodrome A public park used in the days of the Byzantine Empire for ceremonies and sporting events (chariot races, athletics). Theodosius Obelisk, Serpentine Column, Column of Constantine and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.
Cistern Basilica Known locally as Yerebatan Sarayı (Sunken Palace) or Yerebatan Sarnıcı (Sunken Cistern) , this underground water cistern was the major water reservoir of Constantinople. The water was transported from the Belgrade Forest by the immense Byzantine aqueducts (Valens Aqueducts). It was built during the reign of Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century but greatly enlarged by Justinian in 537 AD, and used as water storage for the Great Palace during Byzantine times and for the Topkapi Palace under the Ottomans.
Grand Bazaar The oldest and biggest closed bazaar in the world. Founded in 1461. Like an enormous labyrinth, it is a spectacular and unique part of Istanbul with 17 doors, 60 streets, and over 3000 stores. The Grand Bazaar offers a wide range of products from copper to glazed tiles, from marriage articles to ready wear, and from various handicrafts to all types of spice. Western writers often mention the Grand Bazaar in their memories and travel journals and it is seen in some movies like James Bond.
Topkapı Palace Seat of government for the Ottoman Empire that ruled three continents for centuries. Constructed between the years of 1460 and 1478 during the reign of Sultan Mehmed II (The Conqueror). Home to the sultans and their families until the reign of Sultan Abdülmecit. Therefore, it has a very rich collection of porcelain, robes, weapons, shields, armors, miniatures, Islamic calligraphy manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewelry.

Closed: Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, it will be replaced with local shops.

Restrictions: Based on your timetable, sometimes it may not be possible to visit all the monuments listed above. Hence, if we have limited time, we will make your plan in advance based on your priorities.

What is Included: All transfers, museum fees and professional tour guide in your own language.

Please review our flexible Cancellation Policy for details on booking modifications and cancellations. Click here for full terms and conditions.

• We kindly request our guests to be ready 5 minutes before the agreed departure time.
•%20 discount for children between the ages 3-6, free for the ages between 0-2. Age should be proven by ID or passport if asked by guide or company.
• Smoking is forbidden inside the van.
• Tour fees include transportation and guidance.
• Luxury Istanbul Tours is not responsible for any loss or larceny of personal belongings during the tour.
• Please be on time at the meeting points during the tour period given by the tour guide.
• Hat and sunglasses on summer days, umbrella on rainy days and warm clothing on winter days are advised.

Historic Galata: Guided Exploration of Istanbul's Seaside Gem

A guided stroll through the lush gardens of Topkapı Palace, uncovering the beauty of Ottoman architecture.
The intricate facade of Topkapı Palace, with a private guide sharing stories of Ottoman sultans.
Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the intricate craftsmanship of goods in the Grand Bazaar
Private tour group shopping at the Grand Bazaar, experiencing its labyrinth-like alleys and diverse crafts.
The serene waters of the Basilica Cistern, explored in tranquility on a private Istanbul tour." "Visitors marveling at the grandeur of Topkapı Palace, with a guide highlighting its imperial history.
Aerial view of the Hippodrome's ancient site, with a private tour guide narrating its historical significance.
The vibrant Iznik tiles adorning the Blue Mosque's walls, detailed during an exclusive Sultanahmet tour
The Blue Mosque's stunning interior, illuminated by sunlight through its intricate windows, captured during a private tour.
Tourists skipping the long queues at Hagia Sophia with the help of their private guide, entering hassle-free
Private tour guide welcoming guests at Galataport for a day of exploration in Istanbul's historic heart.
Visitors boarding a tram at Galataport heading to the Sultanahmet district, ready for an immersive tour.
The majestic Hagia Sophia, showcasing its architectural brilliance, as explained by a knowledgeable local guide

Historic Galata: Guided Exploration of Istanbul's Seaside Gem

Please contact us for groups of 15 or more.
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FAQs

Galata Port has played a pivotal role in Istanbul's maritime history, representing a vibrant fusion of modern and historical elements.

The tour includes significant landmarks such as Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace and some other majoy attractions in Sultanahmet Old City.

Our expert tour guides are fluent in various languages, providing personalized and insightful commentary throughout the Galata Port Tour.

Practical Information and Added Value

Gain practical tips for dressing appropriately, considering the weather, and what to bring. Enjoy added value like personalized attention, flexibility in your itinerary, and expert bargaining tips during shopping.

Entrance fees to attractions are not included, but your guide will assist in purchasing tickets on-site.

Yes, the tour offers flexible start times to align with your schedule, especially accommodating cruise ship passengers.

No, the tour does not include a lunch. But your tour guide will stop and advise you the finest restaurants when you need to have a lunch.

Hear from Our Happy Travelers

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My day exploring Istanbul with the Galataport - Sultanahmet Old City Highlights Private Tour was an absolute delight! Our guide, Olivier, made the historical landmarks like Hagia Sophia and Topkapı Palace come to life with fascinating insights. Skipping the queues and having a personalized experience made the tour seamless. The Grand Bazaar shopping tips were a bonus. Highly recommend this private tour for a tailored and enriching cultural experience.

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France
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Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours provided an exceptional Galataport - Sultanahmet Old City Highlights Private Tour. Our guide, Isabella, was not only knowledgeable but also made the tour enjoyable. Visiting iconic sites like the Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern felt special with a private guide. The lunch break and shopping time at the Grand Bazaar were well-planned. A personalized and insightful journey into Istanbul's rich history.

Liam Thompson
Australia
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Obrigado to Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours for an incredible private tour experience. Exploring Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome with our guide, Gabriela, was educational and engaging. The personalized attention and the freedom to set our agenda made the tour stand out. The lunch break and shopping at the Grand Bazaar added cultural depth to the day. A must for those seeking a tailored and immersive Istanbul experience.

Rafael Silva
Brazil
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感谢 to Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours for a fantastic Galataport - Sultanahmet Old City Highlights Private Tour. Our guide, Li Wei, was informative and accommodating. Skipping the queues at major sites like the Blue Mosque and Topkapı Palace allowed us to make the most of our time. The lunch break and shopping at the Grand Bazaar provided a taste of local culture. Highly recommended for a personalized Istanbul exploration.

Wei Zhang
China
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Our private tour with Eureka Luxury Istanbul Tours was an enriching experience. The personalized attention from our guide, Raj, made the day special. Exploring landmarks like Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar felt like a cultural immersion. The assistance with local bargaining added a fun element to the shopping experience. A well-organized and tailored tour for those wanting a deeper connection with Istanbul's history and culture.

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India
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