Gay Friendly Istanbul Tour with English Guide
We have been organizing Gay Friendly Istanbul tour options for you with a great care and experience by quality and professional guides since 2007. You can get English-speaking guide service all day long in Istanbul. We pick you up from the hotel in which you stay or arrange an appointment at the center of Sultanahmet Square. Additionally, we have also service to meet the visitors who arrive at Galataport with cruise ships.
Our company, which has been in the tourism sector for a long time, respects all type of life styles and opinions, especially Gay Friendly life style. So open-minded guides having the same view of the company also respect all our visitors and life styles while doing their job. Our guides can freely chat with our visitors who join Gay Friendly Istanbul tour on every subject during the tour. Besides our visitors having the Gay Friendly life style can ask any questions to our tour guides.
Our guides have been serving to all our visitors with an open-mind for years. Obviously, Turkey has been hosting many great civilizations. Turkey, as a great country, draws the attention of others. Gay Friendly is a country. Istanbul is one of the important metropolitan cities of the world. It is a city integrated with the world. It is a city you can visit freely and comfortably. The price for Gay Friendly Istanbul tour escorted by a special English-speaking guide is 150 euro per day. It is same as with normal guiding price.
The English-speaking guide fee for Gay Friendly Istanbul tour is valid up to four persons. If there is more than 4, an additional fee of 10 euro is charged for each person. The tour starts at 09.00 hrs. The duty of the tour guide ends at 17.30. In other words, English-speaking guide duration is between 09.00- 17.00 hrs. Obviously, the time interval is of no significance for us in an enjoyable Gay Friendly Istanbul tour with an English-speaking guide, instead smiling on your face is of significance. If you don’t smile enough, we can extend the duration just to see your smiling face. ???
Now let’s have a look at the route of Gay Friendly Istanbul tour with an English-speaking guide.
When you contact us to make your reservation, first we need hotel information that you will stay. If the hotel locates in the region, our guide meets with you at the hotel. If the hotel is out of the region, then we meet with you at Sultanahmet (Hippodrome) Square. Of course, we will be sharing the location information of meeting point and its images. Our meeting point is usually nearby German Fountain at Hippodrome Square. The first place to visit during our tour is the Hagia Sophia.
1- The Hagia Sophia is the first location of our tour with an English-speaking guide.
The Hagia Sophia is one the most important location to visit. The main reason is its ancient history and also very crowded. We will not pay any fee for the entrance. First, we will visit the Hagia Sophia mosque, once it was a church. The Hagia Sophia, which was a Church during Roman Empire, will stand in front of you with its paramount view. Its height will surprise you on the contrary to the image in the photos. First you will be informed about the exterior features of the building and then we will enter the mosque all together. The exterior simplicity will be replaced by the showy interior. While entering the mosque we need to take off the shoes. The visitors who wish can bring overshoe with them. First, our guide will be speaking about the architectural structure of the mosque. The Hagia Sophia which has hosted many different civilizations for centuries, will be introduced in detail about its architecture. After the first location of our tour, Hagia Sophia, we will proceed to the next location, Topkapı Palace.
2- Our Second Location: Topkapı Palace and its Advantages
Topkapı Palace locates in our tour route after the Hagia Sophia. Topkapı Palace is the most visited palace in Turkey. It means that there is always possibility of waiting in the queue since it is overcrowded. Especially if you come in the middle of the summer, it is very hard to wait 40 minutes - 1 hour under the sun. However, there is a surprise for you in English-speaking guide tour. Of course, when you start your tour with an agency-approved guide, you don’t need to wait in the queue. Since the advantage of hiring an English-speaking guide is to lead you to the museums without waiting in the queue. So, by that way you can visit more than one location during the day. You will save time and proceed tirelessly.
Topkapı Palace was the ruling center of the Ottoman Empire. It was the place where Ottoman Sultans lived. When we enter the Topkapı Palace, first the garden will meet us. Then we will enter the main gate with our guide and see the administrative departments of Ottoman Empire. The Spoonmaker's Diamond (Kaşıkçı Elması) is in this section. Then we can see the dressings and weapons of Sultans.
It should be noted that the ticket you bought at the entrance of Topkapı Palace is not valid to enter the Harem. So, you need to pay for another ticket. Here is a small hint for you: While you are entering the palace it is a good idea to pay slightly increased price for Palace+Harem combination ticket. Since Harem section is as important and historical place as the palace. Topkapı Palace and Harem trip lasts average 2-2.5 hours. After Topkapı Palace and Harem visit, we give a break. Then you can have your lunch wherever you wish and then take a rest.
3- About Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı) Tour
After the lunch break, we reach Basilica Cistern by walking 8-10 minutes. Newly restored Basilica Cistern will meet you with its modern face. Basilica Cistern is the oldest cistern of Istanbul. It was built during Byzantine period. With our Gay Friendly Istanbul tour guide, we will visit Basilica Cistern about 30-45 minutes. Then we will leave the cistern to proceed towards next popular location which is Sultanahmet. It will take 5 minutes by walking.
4- Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) and Iznik Tiles
Our 4th location during Gay Friendly Istanbul tour with English-speaking guide is Sultanahmet Mosque. Sultanahmet Mosque is known as Blue Mosque by all foreign tourists. It is one of the most popular mosques in Turkey with its six minarets. The architecture of the mosque bears too many ornaments. The mosque has a wide courtyard. It locates in UNESCO’s world heritage list and it is under protection.
5- Our Next location during Gay Friendly Istanbul tour with English-speaking guide is Hippodrome Square
We come back to Hippodrome Square 5 minutes away from Sultanahmet Mosque. This is the square where horse races were organized in ancient Roman Empire period. Serpent Column and Obelisk Column locate at this square. English-speaking guide will mention about the history of these two significant historical monuments. We will proceed towards the last stop of our tour, which is Kapalı Çarşı (Grand Bazaar).
6- The Last Stop of Our Istanbul Tour Kapalı Çarşı (Grand Bazaar)
We will go by walking to Grand Bazaar which is the most touristic and historical location of İstanbul. Grand Bazaar which was built in 1400’s has been an important shopping center in the past and nowadays. When you enter Grand Bazaar you will see too many different shops and thousands of products.
Agency-approved English-speaking Guide service
English-speaking guides are officially licensed guides. Agency approval means everything on the program will be done exactly. Guides who are a member of an agency must perform what is written on the agency program. When you join a tour with an ordinary guide, you will not see an institutional behavior. Those guides may tell you “here is to crowded let’s not enter” or “there is no much to see here” and finish the tour earlier. Agency-approved guides collect you under an institutional roof. They are properly selected by agencies for their knowledge and experiences. Our tour guides have at least 15 years of experience. That’s why they manage to finish your Istanbul tour with no any problem. We are trying to organize more professional tours in each time by informing our tour guides on the basis of feedback from you.