We provide the best professional guides for you. They are all government licensed, universtiy graduated ones who are the expert on their subjects. They will meet you at the reception of your hotel in the morning and you will make your program together which is total flexible. All day the stories and the life you will hear from them will bring the city of Istanbul to life. More...
If you have only a day, or part of a day, to see the sights in Istanbul, efficient airport transport is essential, so I recommend you consider the economical private airport transfers, guided tours and similar travel services of my friends at Efendi Travel in Sultanahmet.
Efendi's professional drivers and airport welcome staff know the traffic situations at all times in Istanbul, and their GPS-tracking-equipped Mercedes vans and minivans can whisk you into the city to see the sights and return you to the airport in time for your onward flight.
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Get there at 8:45 am and go straight to the Harem, which gets overcrowded (9-5, closed Tuesday; stay 2-3 hr).
Just across the park from Ayasofya, on the Hippodrome, the Mosque of Sultan Ahmet III (Sultanahmet Camii) is always crowded, and often closed for prayers. Check the prayer times and plan your visit accordingly (stay 1/2 hr), or visit a different imperial mosque to save time and have a better-quality visit. More...
Right next to Topkapı. Don't miss the best mosaics, on the upper level (9-4, closed Monday; stay 1 hr).
The park in front of the Blue Mosque is the ancient Hippodrome, with two obelisks, a truncated snake column, and a fountain donated by Kaiser Wilhelm II (stay 1/2 hr).
At the NE end of the Hippodrome, just across the street from Hagia Sophia, beneath the little park (Yerebatan Saray Sarnıçı, 9-5; stay 1/2 hr).
Walk uphill on Divan Yolu from the Hippodrome and see the sights along the way, or take the tram along it to Çarşıkapı (CHAR-shuh-kah-puh) (9-5, closed Sunday & holidays; stay 1-2 hrs, longer if you're really shopping). An alternative, open every day of the week, is the Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar by the Galata Bridge on the Golden Horn. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan
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