Private Tour: Istanbul Sightseeing Including Museum of Innocence, Pera Museum and Çukurcuma

Private Tour: Istanbul Sightseeing Including Museum of Innocence, Pera Museum and Çukurcuma
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$57.14
Duration: 4 hours
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Immerse yourself in bygone Istanbul on this engrossing private, half-day tour. With a knowledgeable guide, visit Pera Museum to see its wondrous Ottoman artworks, including Osman Hamdi Bey’s celebrated ‘Tortoise Trainer’, as well as ceramics, tiles and ancient Anatolian artifacts. Then, explore the quaint Çukurcuma district where antique shops and museums reign supreme. Visit some of the best shops and peek inside the quirky-yet-magical Museum of Innocence, a temple to late 20th-century Istanbul founded by author Orhan Pamuk. This private tour ensures you enjoy personalized attention from your guide.

Start with a pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel. Board your air-conditioned minivan and receive a blue-and-white ‘evil eye’ token as a welcome gift from your guide.

First, visit Pera Museum, one of Istanbul’s premier museums. Occupying a Victorian building, this modern gallery houses fascinating exhibitions of everything from Ottoman artifacts to Orientalist paintings.

View the showpiece works and hear more about them from your guide. Ponder artworks from the late Ottoman era including the much-loved Tortoise Trainer by Osman Hamdi Bey. Take in the visiting exhibitions, and see the displays of Kütahya ceramics and Anatolian weights and measures — some from the 7th century BC — all testifying to the age-old skills of Turkey’s craftspeople.

Next, head for Çukurcuma, the characterful antiques district where the winding streets are fringed with vintage shops that offer a true flavor of old Istanbul. With pointers from your guide, visit some of the best antique shops, starting with Minyatür Denis Eskisi. Delve into this maritime shop to browse its quirky naval items, such as binoculars, crates and compasses.

Continue to the Museum of Innocence, founded by Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk. Inspired by his 2010 novel of the same name, set in 1970s Istanbul, this genius museum displays everyday items from 20th-century Istanbul. Peer at the clocks, toys and postcards, and be whisked back to this recent, but seemingly far-distant era.

With your nostalgia buttons well and truly pressed, return to your hotel where your tour ends.

Immerse yourself in bygone Istanbul on this engrossing private, half-day tour. With a knowledgeable guide, visit Pera Museum to see its wondrous Ottoman artworks, including Osman Hamdi Bey’s celebrated ‘Tortoise Trainer’, as well as ceramics, tiles and ancient Anatolian artifacts. Then, explore the quaint Çukurcuma district where antique shops and museums reign supreme. Visit some of the best shops and peek inside the quirky-yet-magical Museum of Innocence, a temple to late 20th-century Istanbul founded by author Orhan Pamuk. This private tour ensures you enjoy personalized attention from your guide.