Take a guided tour of the Blue Mosque, perhaps the most photographed site in Istanbul with its distinctive shape dominating the Sultanahmet skyline.
Private tour of the Basilica Cistern
Private tour of the Basilica Cistern, Turkey
The largest surviving cistern in Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern is an eerily beautiful underground cavern. Descending beneath the streets, visitors are met with the awesome sight of hundreds of columns rising from the waters, with towering, arched brick ceilings overhead.
Built in 532 AD, the cistern was able to store up to 80,000 cu metres of water, which was delivered via a 12 mile (20 km) system of aqueducts from a reservoir near the Black Sea.
Today it is not in use but visitors can explore the vast space on a series of raised wooden platforms.
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Other experiences in Istanbul
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
Starting from the marina just in front of the Spice Market, your cruise will take you out onto the Bosphorus to view many of Istanbul's different architectural styles.
Travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, where you'll explore the beach cemeteries of fallen Allied soldiers from World War I and the ancient city of Troy.
This excursion will take you to the Suleymaniye Mosque, which dominates Istanbul's skyline, to see its Iznik tiles, mother of pearl inlays and stained glass windows.
Visit the Chora Museum, an astoundingly beautiful church covered in glistening mosaics from floor to ceiling.
Experience Cukurcuma with its tree-lined streets and winding alleys before visiting the Museum of Innocence, a creation of author Orhan Pamuk.
Take a trip to see perhaps the most famous of all Istanbul’s sites, the Hagia Sophia, which dates back to 537 AD.
Take a guided tour of the interior of the Dolmabahce Palace, which is sumptuously decorated from floor to ceiling with gold and crystal.
Experience the smells and sounds of the Spice Market with this guided tour through its narrow streets and stalls selling herbs and spices, Turkish delight, tea and other delicacies.
This privately guided tour will take you beneath the domed roof of the Grand Bazaar to explore its labyrinthine alleys and stalls.
Learn about life in the imperial household of the Ottoman sultans with this guided excursion of the Topkapi Palace’s buildings and Treasury.