The Exotic Istanbul Tour

Visit the Basilica (Underground) Cistern, Suleymaniye Mosque, walk the Bazaar Quarters the Spice Market, Fener and Balat Neighborhoods

$54/from
Private Tour Skip the line 7 Hours

Discover Exotic Istanbul with Chora Church

Discover the streets of exotic Istanbul on our Chora Church tour. Stroll from the old Ottoman city centre past the Imperial mosques. Visit the university district. Dive into the colour and chaos of the bazaar neighbourhood. Feast like an Ottoman. Get lost in the suburbs of Fener and Balat. Discover Chora church, centre of the Eastern Orthodox world.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

This is the best selling tour of Istanbul as it covers the major touristic sights of Istanbul.

  • First time visitors,
  • If you are coming back to Istanbul after some time,
  • Expats and students in the city,
  • If you are having a long layover between flights,
  • If you have one day in Istanbul,
  • A 7km Chora Church walking tour viewing Imperial mosques, the bazaar district and the heart of Byzantine Orthodox Istanbul
  • In-depth commentary on the complex and diverse history of the city
  • The knowledge and expertise of a guide who helps you make the most of your time
  • Professional Guiding Service
  • Admission Fees for the museums
  • Skip the ticket line
  • Pick-up & drop-off to your hotel (*)
  • Transportation during the tour (taxi or private van depending on group size)

To give our guests more option and flexibility for lunch, we do not include in our prices.

  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Want to see these sights with an expert?

Tour Itinerary & Highlights

We have designed this tour show you other Top sights of Istanbul as well as to show off-the-beaten path locations and historical areas of Istanbul as listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Underground Cistern
The Chora Church tour starts in Sultanhamet. You’ll go deep underground to the Basilica Cistern before heading up Divan Yolu. a visit to the mystical Basilica Cistern (Underground Cistern). The Basilica Cistern is a massive water reservoir constructed by the Byantines in the 6th century. The structure is a living example of Roman engineering. And yes, it was Basilica Cistern, in the James Bond movie “From Russian With Love”.
Walk Along "Divan Yolu (Imperial Road)
Next you will walk along the “Divan Yolu (Imperial Road)” to Suleymaniye Mosque. We pass through Cemberlitas, Beyazid square and the mosque of the same name, and Istanbul University. Along the way, you will see the Constantine’s column, tomb of Sultan Mahmud II, Beyazit Square (Forum Tauri), Istanbul University from the 15th century.
Suleymaniye Mosque
Our path takes us to the stately Suleymaniye mosque, built between 1550 and 1557 AD. The 10the Sultan; Suleyman (the Magnificent known as Kanuni -“Lawmaker, lawgiver” in Turkish) ordered its construction and it’s an impressive legacy.
Chora Church (Kariye Museum)
The Chora Church (The Church of St. Savoir in Countryside) is located close to the Thedosian Walls, an area which was considered as “countryside” during the Byzantine era. The Chora Church Museum hosts fascinating insight in to Byzantine Mosaic art at its climax.
Discover Fener & Balat Neighborhoods
On the Chora Church tour we wind our way through the narrow streets of Fener and Balat. Our guide will take you to St George’s Cathedral. As the Patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church it contains some of the most significant relics the church owns. Local Turkish born Greeks, known as Rum, still worship here.

Private Tour Prices and Additional Info

Dynamic pricing is the reduction of the price per person when the number of people in your party increases. The more people in your group – the less you pay per person.

1 adult $240

2 adults $264 >> $132 per person

3 adults $288 >> $96 per person

4 adults $396 >> $99* per person

5 adults $420 >> $84 per person

6 adults $444 >> $74 per person

7 adults $469 >> $67 per person

8 adults $496 >> $62 per person

9 adults $513 >> $57 per person

10 adults $540 >> $54 per person

* For groups more than 3 people we use private van. For groups with 3 or less participants we use commercial taxis to give better price.

** For larger groups please contact us.

To book this tour please choose your desired day from the calendar below and continue with the booking steps. Our booking system will take you to the secure payment gateway provided by PayU.

There is a set deposit amount of $75 for any group size. Your booking will be confirmed after the deposit payment. The balance is to be paid 15 days before the start of the tour(s).

You may cancel your tour reservation up to 72 hours before the planned start of the tour. No cancellation charge is incurred within the allowed deadline. Please read our cancellation policy: Booking Terms.

This tour is organized within the legal scope of the Turkish Law concerning Travel Agencies And The Association Of Travel Agencies (TURSAB) numbered 1618, and Vocational Tour Guides Law numbered 6326.

What do our guests say about us?

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  •   My husband and I had the best possible experience touring Istanbul with Osman. We had seen the major historic sites previously so this time we wanted to see local neighborhoods.... read more

    mateo420
    2/27/2020
  •   Cihan is a seasoned guide with a thorough knowledge of Istanbul history. In 3 days I saw the best of Istanbul - and he took me to a lot... read more

    JaneSNewYork
    11/13/2019
  •   Four of us had an amazing, informative day with our guide Cihan Sevil on 10/8/2019. Despite some rain and wind, we saw the key historical sites and learned very... read more

    K W
    10/15/2019
  •   We could not ask for a better, more knowledgeable and considerate guide. Cihan is extraordinary. He will not only fill you in on all of the history that you... read more

    lackadai
    7/16/2019
  •   I spent two days with Cihan in Istanbul on the heels of a long business trip to Turkey. After sitting down with him for tea to start the first... read more

    VolguusZildrohar
    7/04/2019

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